Phase 2 construction will feature classrooms, computer labs, science labs, offices and support space. The three buildings included in Phase 2 will house academic programs and services from the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Services, and Fine Arts and Communication. They will also include programs and services from the WIU 60th Street Campus in Moline, IL, including the library, classes offered through the Quad Cities Graduate Study Center, and WQPT-Quad Cities public television.
History of the WIU Riverfront Campus
In 2003, John Deere donated its former Technical Center in Moline, including 20 adjacent acres along the Mississippi, to WIU-QC, to serve as the site of a new Riverfront Campus. WIU-QC determined that work on the campus would be completed in two phases.
Jerod Engler of Bush Construction acted as Project Manager for the first phase. Phase 1 included the renovation of a two-story, 60,300-square-foot building, which houses the College of Business and Technology. This green building project consisted of partial demolition of the existing structure, multiple additions, and extensive remodeling. Phase 1 has received LEED Silver status.
The second phase is now beginning, and like the building in Phase 1, the three buildings in Phase 2 will feature a modern steel and glass look. “Phase 2 will continue with the same high standards as Phase 1,” said Bill Brewer, Assistant Director of Physical Plant, WIU-QC Operations and Maintenance. “Phase 2 will also maintain the strong commitment to environmental sustainability found in the first phase.”
According to Brewer, completion of Phase 2 is anticipated in Summer 2014.
Green Features Planned for Phase 2
In recent years, Bush has played a key role in numerous high-profile green building projects in the Iowa-Illinois Quad-Cities, including WIU-QC Riverfront Campus, Phase 1; Davenport Public Library, Eastern Avenue Branch; and the MetroLINK Transit Maintenance Facility, currently in progress. According to Davis, Phase 2 of Riverfront Campus will include numerous applications of green technology, including: