The World Food Prize

Hall of

The World Food Prize Foundation
Des Moines, IA
38,500 SF
Completion date
April 2012

Working closely with the State Historic Preservation Office, RDG's design team retained and restored historically significant design elements while incorporating modern fire sprinkler, electrical, mechanical and data systems. Reading rooms and stack areas were developed into reception and meeting rooms to foster scientific discussion. 

Our design team worked in consultation with the State Historic Preservation Office to restore and rehabilitate an 1899 public library building into a landmark fixture housing the headquarters for the World Food Prize Foundation. Newly outfited offices provide updated work space for the Foundation staff. Museum exhibit spaces feature displays showcasing the contributions of the laureates and the accomplishments of the Prize founder, Dr. Norman Borlaug. Elevators are thoughtfully designed into the space to provide accessibility throughout the building. Ceremonial gardens and landscaping designs enhance the learning experience while corresponding with concurrent re-developments along the Des Moines river. Our team thoughtfully integrated a number of modern features to ensure the safety, accessibility, sustainable energy savings components and comfort to those using the building, including a fire sprinkler, an elevator, and enhanced electrical, mechanical and data systems. Former reading rooms and stacks are transformed into reception and meeting rooms and office and exhibits spaces are available to support Foundation staff. 

Facade at the West Entrance.
Environmental Impact Award
Center on Sustainable Communities
Sustainable Design Merit Award
AIA Iowa Chapter
Preservation at It's Best Award
Preservation Iowa
Excellence in Energy Efficient Design
MidAmerican Energy