John and Mary
RDG worked closely with architects and landscape designers from Agrest and Gandelsonas Architects, LLP, to take the dream and vision of a philanthropist and mould it into a realistic and pragmatic public space.
Our integrated design process places equal importance on a working knowledge of the site and understanding of the downtown environment to meet the public need. Integrating landscape architecture, civil and electrical engineering, lighting and artistry, the two-block stretch in the Western Gateway area of downtown Des Moines is a flexible space that adapts to a variety of uses. Besides providing a backdrop for its artistic installations, 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 simple and clean design solution that embraces the vision of both the city and generous donors.