Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall is the $21.4 million, 73,568-square-foot home of the Morgridge College of Education, a place where students, staff and faculty from all over the city, state, country and world come together. Ruffatto Hall features a large reception space, conference rooms and classrooms that can be reserved for internal or external events. The building is often used for community outreach with our partner organizations, as well as hosting seminars, presentations, awards, community events and more.

Spaces & Technology

Ruffatto Hall features state-of-the-art facilities. In addition to nine classrooms, there are 14 meeting and conference rooms — three with video conferencing, two Cisco TelePresence video conferencing rooms and numerous spaces throughout the building equipped with chairs, tables, whiteboards, plasma screens, and network connections for collaborative and distance learning work.

Many of the classrooms in Ruffatto Hall are equipped with a computer, projector and projection screen, interactive whiteboards, and two input panels with audio, video and Ethernet connections. Six classrooms also feature 42-inch LCD monitors. Each classroom allows projection to any or all of these monitors, screens and boards.


Upon its initial construction in the fall of 2010, Ruffatto Hall received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification, which is the U.S. Green Building Council’s standard for authenticating a building’s green features.

In 2015, Ruffatto Hall’s certification was elevated to LEED Gold, further exemplifying MCE and the University’s commitment to sustainable building. Some Gold LEED Certification features of the building include:

  • High-performance glass in all windows to reduce UV and infrared transmission in the building
  • A design that provides 93% of all regularly occupied indoor spaces with a view outside
  • Water-efficient landscaping that reduces water consumption by 50%
  • Recycling stations throughout the building
  • Carpeting that meets the requirements of the Carpet and Rug Institute’s “Green Label Plus” program throughout the building
  • Low-flow and dual-flush plumbing fixtures that reduce water consumption by 30%