Allen College Breaks Ground for Winter Hall

May 26, 2011

Ceremony marks start of construction for third campus academic building 


Allen College is growing. New programs are in place and enrollment continues to expand. To keep pace with this growth, ground was broken Thursday for a new academic building, Winter Hall, the third on the Allen College campus.

Spring semester enrollment at Allen was a record 509 students and Allen College chancellor Dr. Jerry Durham believes this building will allow enrollment to grow to at least 600 students, possibly more.

alt“Winter Hall signals the next phase in Allen College’s growth and will allow us to continue to educate the healthcare workers of the future,” said Mark Baldwin, chair of the Allen College Board of Trustees and of the Allen Health System Board.

The 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 Carlton and Thelma Winter, it will connect Barrett Forum and Gerard Hall, the two existing academic buildings on campus.

The Winters owned and operated six Ben Franklin stores in Waterloo from 1959–1981. They loved their business and their customers, and were tireless workers. They also were quietly charitable throughout their lives, giving back to the community that had supported them. Carlton passed away in 2000 at the age of 87. Thelma lived 100 years and died in 2008. In their estate, they left $13 million to area organizations, including a $2 million bequest to Allen College. Their gift and more than 600 gifts from other donors made it possible for the College to break ground on Winter Hall this month.

To date, $3.89 million has been pledged to the project. Winter Hall is scheduled to open for students in August 2012.

altWhen 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 the 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 1925, Allen College became a degree-granting institution in 1989. Allen 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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