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Science Building



Education Building



Green Globes

Planning for the new Science Connector Building has focused on environmental sustainability. Drake is working with architectural firm SVPA and Holabird and Root and to identify design and delivery options that will—through a nationally accepted 1,000-point program—earn the new building two globes in the Green Building Initiative’s environmental rating system. Two globes means Drake “demonstrates excellent progress in achieving reduction of environmental impacts and use of environmental efficiency practices.” The point system takes into account several factors, including

  • Energy
  • Water
  • Project Management
  • Materials & Resources
  • Indoor Environment

 To learn more about the process and rating, visit Green Building Initiative’s website.


Weitz Construction

Drake selected Weitz construction to complete the STEM@DRAKE complex. Weitz is one of the nation’s premiere general contractors, operating offices in Iowa, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Nebraska, Washington, Hawaii, California, Virginia, and Guam. According to the August 2013 Building Design + Construction, Weitz is the 35th largest general building contractor in the country.

“The Weitz Way: We are committed to providing quality construction for projects varying in both size and complexity. From preconstruction to closeout, our organization is a leader in the industry. We provide quality construction services and are known for our creative approach.” 

Weitz has made a serious resource commitment to meeting our credo of “Delighting the Client.” Our firm fully understands that quality and service will both contribute equally to client satisfaction.”

University News
October 25, 2016
Drake University and three other Iowa higher education institutions will collectively receive a $510,000 federal grant for a consortium project to reduce sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking on college and university campuses.