Des Moines University - Medical and Health Science Campus

West Des Moines, IA

Services provided on this project:

  • Architecture,
  • Engineering,
  • Interior Design,
  • Landscape Architecture,
  • Lighting Design,

Architecture Overview:

Set across 88-acres of the West Des Moines Innovation Corridor, Des Moines University's new, ground-up campus establishes a premier destination for students, faculty, staff and friends of the university. RDG's design for the campus takes direction from the site’s natural beauty and diverse physical characteristics, building on the concept, "the edge of advancement," to imagine an innovative, iconic campus that reflects DMU's values, respects the land, connects to the community and offers an inclusive, intuitive environment. With academic functions at its core, RDG's design creates technology-rich, flexible education spaces that support innovative teaching methods and expand research activity and clinical services. Clear wayfinding reinforces equitable design and provides convenient connections to wellness, campus support and parking. Landscape design transforms the surrounding site into a restorative panorama of naturalized areas, innovative rainwater solutions, trails and outdoor gathering spaces. Set against an ambitious timeline, the new campus is set to open in 2023, the year that also marks DMU's 125th anniversary.

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Lighting Design Overview:

"RDG Planning & Design has been an invaluable partner in developing a master plan for our planned relocation in 2023 and future development. RDG created a foundation by building relationships with campus members and the Board of Trustees, respecting the land, and aligning our plan with our mission, vision, and values." - Mark Peiffer