John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

Des Moines, IA

Services provided on this project:

Landscape Architecture Overview:

RDG worked closely with Architects and Landscape Designers from Agrest and Gandelsonas Architects, LLP, to take the dream and vision of a philanthropist and work it into a realistic and pragmatic public space.  Our integrated design process places equal importance on a working knowledge of the site and the downtown environment to meet the public need.  Integrating landscape architecture, civil and electrical engineering, lighting and artistry, a two-block stretch in the Western Gateway to downtown Des Moines is a flexible space designed to withstand a variety of uses.  Besides its artistic elements, the Pappajohn Sculpture Park also serves as a concert venue and city park.  The diverse needs of downtown residents, businesses and community leaders were wrapped into a very simple and clean design solution that embraces the vision for both the City and generous donors.

Engineering Overview:

Design and construction of new Downtown sculpture park for City of Des Moines. Services provided include:  Electrical Engineering  and Lighting Design

Lighting Design Overview:

  • CLIENT: City of Des Moines
  • COMPLETE: September 2009
  • SIZE:
    4 Acres
    • ASLA Iowa Chapter - Merit Award for Constructed Design - 2010
    • Iowa/ Minnesota Illuminating Engineering Society - Regional Lighting Award - Best in Class for Exterior - 2011
    • Illuminating Engineering Society - National Lighting Award of Merit - 2011
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