City of West Des Moines - City Hall Rehabilitation

West Des Moines - Old City Hall Rehabilitation

West Des Moines, IA

Services provided on this project:

Architecture Overview:

This historic 1905 era brick storefront originally housed the Valley Junction (now West Des Moines) Fire Department and City Hall. The program included creation of a community welcome center at the street level with a multi-purpose classroom and meeting room on the second floor. Working closely with city and state authorities, the design incorporated handicapped accessible routes and accommodations throughout the building while incorporating life safety improvements. Historically significant design elements were retained, while new technology and mechanical systems were introduced. Missing historic exterior elements, such as the original fire wagon doors and roof entablature, were scheduled to be faithfully recreated, while the interior finishes would balance the new and the old, including repairs to the pressed tin ceilings.

Engineering Overview:

Graphic Design Overview:

RDG created a film, documenting the history of West Des Moines' Historic City Hall, for the entrance kiosk into the rehabilitated city hall building. The film includes clips documenting the architectural and construction process of this historic building restoration, which now serves as the Valley Junction Foundation space, as well as an icon for the community. The film also discussed the importance of restoring the historic building and the key sustainable elements, both contributing to the LEED rating for the building.

Graphic Design Overview:

RDG created a film, documenting the history of West Des Moines' Historic City Hall, for the entrance kiosk into the rehabilitated city hall building. The film includes clips documenting the architectural and construction process of this historic building restoration, which now serves as the Valley Junction Foundation space, as well as an icon for the community. The film also discussed the importance of restoring the historic building and the key sustainable elements, both contributing to the LEED rating for the building.

Sustainability Overview:

  • CLIENT: City of West Des Moines
  • COMPLETE: April 2012
  • SIZE:
    3,132 Sq. Ft. Renovation
  • AWARDS:
    • Preservation Iowa - Sustainability in Preservation - 2011
    • COSC, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Metro Waste Authority - Environmental Impact Award - Built Enviornment: Commercial - 2012
  • LINKS:
  • SUSTAINABLE: Certified LEED for New Construction v3.0 - Platinum
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    Restoration