TWO Projects Win Iowa Planning Awards

APA-Iowa announces recipients of 2018 Iowa Planning Awards

Each year, the Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-Iowa) asks its members to nominate plans, projects, and individuals deserving recognition by the professional organization.  Award nominees can be recognized in nineteen categories ranging from public outreach to distinguished leadership.  Based on an independent review by a jury of professional planners from the Wisconsin Chapter of the APA, eleven nominees were selected to receive APA-Iowa Awards in 2018.

RDG is honored to have two projects receive recognition:


URBAN DESIGN: Gray’s Station Master Plan
Hubbell Realty /  RDG Planning & Design / Civil Design Advantage / City of Des Moines

The Gray’s Station Master Plan is a collaboration between RDG and Hubbell Realty to envision a neighborhood that extends downtown Des Moines by 84 acres through careful planning of a greyfield site.  Its design creates an opportunity for multiple generations to remain working and living in urban densities while providing a high quality of life, wellness opportunities, and living spaces that are adaptable to a variety of abilities.  The project defines diverse land use, open space, and mobility options while transforming the site’s role in the regional watershed from a current utilitarian baseline into a model for urban stormwater.

Like many downtowns in cities across America, Des Moines has seen a multi-family residential renaissance. Through the plan for Gray’s Station Neighborhood, the team addressed what is NEXT in the future of Des Moines and the future of our cities by creating a plan that is sustainable, delightful, and functional. The project is moving forward with its first phase as shown in context with downtown, Raccoon River, and Grays Lake Park

For more information, please contact Laura Kessel at (515) 288-3141.


City of Spencer / RDG Planning & Design.

The Little Sioux River is a tremendous asset for the City of Spencer.  Like other communities, Spencer developed near the river and began to slowly see the river as a resource that separated the city into parts.  The city is increasingly seeing the river as an economic development and cultural resource, and by that recognition launched a planning process to align common interests for a better future.

The purpose of the City of Spencer’s Riverfront Plan is to “create a highly visible and vibrant riverfront district along the Little Sioux River in downtown.”  The initial objective of the study was to explore opportunities for “high-density, mixed-use space containing residential, retail, commercial, and public parks that create a mix of active uses and capitalize on the riverfront.”  The plan’s strategy is to enhance the use of the river and to develop the riverfront as a community center and gathering spot.

The plan presents partnerships where public initiatives become a catalyst for new private investments.  Spaces along the river have been designed to provide flexible programming, where a new riverfront plaza can be used as a festival space for concerts during the summer and a ice skating area during the winter.  This feature is moving forward.

For more information, please contact Cory Scott at (515) 288-3141.


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