Allen College Received $250,000 Grant to Fund Winter Hall Construction

June 9, 2011

Black Hawk County Gaming Association grant will help pay for construction of third campus academic building 


Allen College has received a $250,000 grant from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association. The grant will be to help finance Winter Hall, the school’s third academic building.

altThe new $5 million, 19,500-square-foot Winter Hall will include two 75-seat lecture halls, two 35-seat classrooms and 17 new offices. Named for former Waterloo retailers Carlton and Thelma Winter, who included a $2 million bequest to Allen College in their estate, Winter Hall will connect Barrett Forum and Gerard Hall, the two existing academic buildings on campus.

The Black Hawk County Gaming Association grant is part of $3.89 million given and pledged to the project to date. Ground was broken for Winter Hall on May 26, 2011.  It is scheduled to open for students in August 2012.

The new building will help Allen College keep pace with its growing enrollment. Spring semester enrollment was a record 509 students, and Allen College chancellor Dr. Jerry Durham says the new building will allow the College to accommodate up to 600 students, possibly more.

“The need for trained healthcare workers continues to increase here in Iowa and across the country, and Winter Hall signals the next phase in our growth to meet that demand,” says Durham. “We have new programs in place, and this building will provide the necessary space to conduct those programs as we continue to educate the healthcare workers of the future.” 

When not in use for classes, the lecture halls in the new building can be combined for use as a conference center to seat approximately 200. The second floor will feature two smaller classrooms and faculty offices. It will also include a faculty lounge, student conference rooms and additional staff office space. A limited-service kitchen is also planned for the first floor, with an informal lounge area located near the first-floor entrance. The new building will employ “green” building methods wherever possible.

The project will also include renovation of some existing space in Gerard Hall, including the addition of an ultrasound lab.

Offering nursing education since 1926, Allen College became a degree-granting institution in 1989. The College offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN); Master of Science in Nursing (MSN); Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP); Associate of Science in Radiography (ASR); and Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHS) programs. For more information on Allen College, call 319-226-2000 or visit


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