Des Moines University

Medical and
Health Science

Des Moines University
West Des Moines, IA
88 acres

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. The new campus opened in 2023, the year that also marked DMU's 125th anniversary. 

Merit Award — Design (Unbuilt)
ASLA Central States