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LEED BD+C: New Construction v3 - LEED 2009

Des Moines Municipal Services Center-PH1

1551 E. M.L. King Jr Parkway
Des Moines, IA 50317
United States
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LEED Silver 2017

The City of Des Moines operated its field services from several older and outdated facilities scattered around the city. These services include the Departments of Public Works and Parks and Recreation, plus other services such as Engineering, Fleet, Traffic and Transportation, Housing Services Maintenance, and other service uses, accounting for approximately 200 employees. To develop interdepartmental teams and cooperation, and to realize organizational efficiencies these services have been consolidated and centrally located into one single campus location.
The site was previously a car parts junk yard, acquired by the City and cleared to allow for redevelopment of the area. The two story building contains two components – administrative offices and operational facilities. Two strategies were utilized to develop operational and construction cost efficiencies. First, the lab and storage spaces are organized into “saddlebags” flanking the large central vehicle storage bay. Secondly, the administrative offices are pulled away from the operational components and connected with two “bridges”. This allowed daylight to penetrate the center of the facility where otherwise there would typically be no outside access. A courtyard has been created as an amenity to the occupants.
Due to the orientation of the building caused by the adjacent train tracks, day lighting was controlled by vertical stainless steel plates where appropriate or a combination of horizontal metal tubes and exterior vertical fabric shades.

All materials used on the interior and exterior were chosen for both economy and durability. Nearly all materials utilized are self-finishing requiring little to no maintenance. A simple, repetitive expression creates economies in both material provision and constructability.

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Project details
Size
112,318 sf
Certified
24 Apr 2017