Welcome to Hach Hall

Hach Hall construction photos

Hach Hall opened in August of 2010 and provides vital infrastructure for the future growth and success of not only the chemistry department, but also the college and the university. The $74.5 million dollar building houses state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, and instrumentation. It will enhance Iowa State's competitive position, particularly as a leading research institution, and is expanding the scope of its research to meet the distinct challenges of tomorrow's technological breakthroughs, while training the next generation of scientists. Watch the dedication of Hach Hall from October 8, 2010.

Take a look at what Hach Hall has to offer.

Building Organization and photographs:

  • Basement - Physical and Analytical Research Laboratories

  • First Floor - Public areas, Teaching Functions, Chemical Instrumentation Facilities

  • Second and Third Floors - Synthetic Research Laboratories


Glass, aluminum and LED lights make up the new multipaneled sculpture in Hach Hall. Elements and molecular models were the inspiration for "elemental" by Seattle-based artist Norie Sato.

Behind the Artwork

    Features of Hach Hall Include:

    • Flexible research laboratory spaces and casework to allow the department to respond effectively to changes in research teams, research topics, equipment, and techniques. This will ensure appropriate space for innovative research as the department grows. Special features include an isolated basement floor system for vibration suppression to accommodate ultrasensitive instrumentation.

    • Technologically advanced teaching laboratories (organic and general chemistry) to promote interactive, hands-on science exploration and learning. New student labs are designed with spaces for modern instrumentation. Larger labs facilitate group instruction and enhance student engagement.

    • Centralized service facilities, to accommodate major research instrumentation for analytical support of ongoing research programs and student training.

    • Classrooms and interaction spaces to provide students with distinctive learning experiences. Several interaction areas throughout the building will encourage planned and spontaneous discussions, brain-storming, and outreach sessions among students, faculty and staff.

    • LEED Certification to meet the university's green initiative and conservation goals. Sustainable design and construction includes extensive use of natural daylight throughout the building to minimize artificial lighting, automated lighting with occupancy sensors, low-flow fume hoods with energy recovery, chilled water recirculation and rain water reclamation for efficient water usage, low VOC construction products, and extensive use of recycled materials.