AMES, Iowa (May 12, 2017) – Representatives of McFarland Clinic, LilyPad Learning Center, ISU Research Park, Ames Chamber of Commerce, Woodruff Construction, LLC and Roseland, Mackey, Harris Architects PC broke ground May 11 for McFarland Clinic’s newest Ames location at the ISU Research Park. LilyPad Learning Center, with locations in Huxley and Madrid, will lease 9,300 square feet of space in the new McFarland facility and begin offering new childcare programs in Ames.

McFarland Clinic CEO Andrew Perry said the new 33,000 square foot facility will address the healthcare and childcare services needs of the growing number of businesses in the Research Park and area residents.

In addition, Perry announced McFarland Clinic will be offering additional sports medicine and sports enhancements/performance services at the Research Park location to serve the needs of the community’s youth and collegiate athletes and “the athlete in all of us, the weekend warriors.”

The healthcare and childcare services to be housed in the clinic are among the Research Park tenants’ most in-demand amenities.

“When we began the process of expanding the Research Park, adding amenities was a key part of it,” ISU Research Park director Steve Carter said. “Medical services, wellness services and childcare were recurring themes we heard from most our tenants. Those were high priorities. Therefore, we could not be happier to have the partnerships that you are seeing here today.”

Carter acknowledged McFarland Clinic’s willingness to work with the Research Park to bring in childcare services. “Although not their core business, they worked through that process with us and have been tremendous partners, and now childcare will be available from a top-of-the-line service provider,” Carter said.

LilyPad owner and executive director Sara Hillebrand expressed her appreciation for the opportunity to be part of the project and said her team is ready to get started providing services to the Ames community.

“We are very, very excited to be able to bring our program to the Ames community. We’ve been in the Huxley community for the last 10-11 years and have been expanding into some of the smaller areas and we feel that this part of south Ames is definitely in need of this program,” said Hillebrand. “It’s [that same] smaller feeling community of the south side of Ames that we are excited to be a part of.”

Carter said access to healthcare and childcare services would not only reach the Research Park community, but the Ames community and region as well.

The expected completion date for the project is the summer of 2018.


About McFarland Clinic

McFarland Clinic is central Iowa’s largest physician-owned multi-specialty clinic. A total of 228 McFarland Clinic healthcare providers and 1,000 staff members serve residents in 12 Iowa communities with additional communities served by physician outreach clinics. McFarland Clinic provides easy and convenient access to care with the ability to schedule appointments online with primary care providers at Patients of McFarland Clinic also benefit from a patient portal, MyChart, to access medical records and communicate electronically with the doctor’s office. For more information or to contact McFarland Clinic, go to

About ISU Research Park

The Iowa State University Research Park (ISURP) is a 29-year-old real estate development community closely affiliated with Iowa State University. ISURP assists both established and startup companies in connecting with Iowa State’s vast infrastructure to grow their enterprises; whether through students, research entities, equipment or a multitude of other resources. ISURP is currently home to more than 70 companies, employs 1,700 people and occupies 600,000 square feet of commercial real estate on 400 acres. ISURP recently expanded into 200 acres of developable space, which will include tenant amenities, a park and multi-use trails. For more information on ISURP, call 515.296.4204 or visit .

About Lily Pad Learning Center

At LilyPad Learning Center, we believe in the value and uniqueness of each child we serve. Our childcare experience is designed to promote each child’s own individual social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. As caregivers and educators, our mission is to provide a safe and developmentally appropriate learning environment which fosters a child’s natural desire to explore, discover, create, and become a lifelong learner.

Contact: Julie Lelonek
Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations