Opus Begins Construction of Science Building at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa

by Kristin Harlow

ORANGE CITY, IOWA — The Opus Group has begun construction of a new 61,750-square-foot Health and Natural Sciences building at Northwestern College in Orange City. The building will be the new home of the school’s biology, chemistry and nursing departments.

The project will include lab spaces, featuring simulation suites that replicate hospital and clinical settings for nursing students. Additional classrooms will include moveable tables and exam rooms to allow for hands-on training. The building will also feature energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems, including a specialized cooling system that makes ice overnight when utility rates are lower and uses the ice to cool the facility throughout the day.

The building is slated for completion in summer 2018. Opus Design Build LLC is the construction manager for the project, HGA is the design architect and Cannon Moss Brygger Architects is the architect of record.

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