Photos of Building STEM@DRAKE

Construction Updates

We will we be updating campus on street closings, walkway changes, and other milestones that will affect working in and around this major project over the coming year. 

27th Street Construction

Aug. 22, 2017

Work has begun to remove 27th Street to make way for the Robert D. and Billie Ray Promenade. To ensure the safety of campus and the community during this significant construction project, the entire area will be blocked off from pedestrian traffic. The Promenade Construction Map details the area to be closed, available pedestrian walkways, and location of temporary fencing.


Move-in Day Details

July 18, 2017

Wednesday, July 19, marks move-in day for the Science Connector Building. Those faculty and staff impacted by this move should refer to the following documents for information:

Science Connector Building Move-In Logistics


Furniture Purchasing Guidelines


Faculty and staff will also be moving into Collier-Scripps Hall throughout August. (See FAQ for tentative dates.)

June construction update

June 29, 2017

Crews are applying the final touches to Collier-Scripps Hall and Science Connector Building as faculty and staff prepare to move in throughout the summer. Learn more about STEM@DRAKE progress in the May 2017 Construction Update.

March construction update

March 9, 2017

Work on Collier-Scripps and the Science Connector Building continues to move forward, both in completing the outside facade work and on internal infastructure: March 2017 Construction Update

February Construction Update

Feb. 6, 2017

Workers continue to put the finishing touches on structure for both buildings, and are in the process of installing the rooftop greenhouse on the Science Connector Building. See more progress updates in the February 2017 Construction Update

Also, get a more in-depth look at the project and progress in this January eBlue article.

January construction update

Jan. 3, 2016

Windows and stairways are being installed in the Science Connector Building, and progress continues on Collier-Scripps Hall. Learn more about STEM@DRAKE progress with the January 2017 Construction Update.


December construction update

Dec. 1, 2016

A mild fall has contributed to rapid progress on our new buildings. Exterior work is almost 100 percent complete on both the Science Connector Building and Collier-Scripps Hall. Learn more about STEM@DRAKE progress with the December 2016 Construction Update. 

October construction update

Oct. 3, 2016

Groundwork is complete on both buildings and brick installation will begin later this month. Learn more about STEM@DRAKE progress with the October 2016 Construction Update.

September construction update

Sept. 7, 2016

See what's happening and what's next as we continue work on the Science Connector Building and Collier-Scripps Hall: September 2016 Construction Update

August construction update

Aug. 4, 2016

When students return in a few weeks, they'll be seeing a lot of activity at the the site of our STEM@DRAKE construction. See what's happening as we continue work on the Science Connector Building and Collier-Scripps Hall: August 2016 Construction Update

July construction update

June 29, 2016

STEM@DRAKE is going vertical! See what's happening as we continue work on the Science Connector Building and Collier-Scripps Hall: July 2016 Construction Update

June construction update

June 3, 2016

See what's happening behind the fence as we build STEM@DRAKE: June 2016 Construction Update

Sidewalk closure

May 9, 2016

Effective May 16, the sidewalk between Fitch and Olin Halls will be closed until just before the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester. Summer 2016 Sidewalk Closure Map

May construction update

See just what has been happening behind the fence as we build STEM@DRAKE: May 2016 Construction Update 

New gates added to 27th Street

April 19, 2016

For the safety of those on campus, gates have been added to 27th Street to keep individuals out of an active construction zone. Details can be found in the Site Logistics Plan.

Groundbreaking on Collier-Scripps Hall

March 2, 2016

This past Saturday, Drake officially broke ground on Collier-Scripps Hall, the new building that will be home to the School of Education, the department of mathematics and computer science, and The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center. The building derives its name from lead donors Jim Collier, who received his Master of Arts in Education from Drake, and Ric Scripps and Debbie Engstrom Scripps, who received their Bachelor of Arts in Teaching degrees from Drake; Debbie is also a former member of the Drake Board of Trustees.

Contact for issues related to construction activity

February 15, 2016

The cold weather has not stopped the hard work of construction crews who began work in early February on the STEM@DRAKE buildings. With input from key impacted groups across campus—including those who teach or have offices near the construction site—several steps are being taken to minimize the disruption that can occur during a large building project. There will be times, however, when concerns or issues arise as a result of construction activity. When that occurs, faculty, staff, or students may contact Public Safety at 271-2222. Public Safety will address your concerns with appropriate construction or facilities personnel, depending on the issue.

Walkway Closures

January 25, 2016

Construction/demolition activities will begin Feb. 1, 2016. The Site Logistics Plan shows the construction area and open walkways for the project. This will not take all at once, but will be phase in over time from Feb. 1 to March 1. We will keep you updated as walkways/roads close on this page and via OnCampus

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