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Sited in a prominent downtown location, the building makes a dignified statement on a shoestring budget.

Iowa Prison Industries Outlet Building, Des Moines, Iowa

Iowa Prison Industries Outlet Building, Des Moines, Iowa

  • Sited in a prominent downtown location, the building makes a dignified statement on a shoestring budget.

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    Sited in a prominent downtown location, the building makes a dignified statement on a shoestring budget.

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    Cameron Campbell/Integrated Studio

    Sited in a prominent downtown location, the building makes a dignified statement on a shoestring budget.

  • Narrow windows and translucent polycarbonate panels admit north light while addressing security concerns.

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    Narrow windows and translucent polycarbonate panels admit north light while addressing security concerns.

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    Cameron Campbell/Integrated Studio

    Narrow windows and translucent polycarbonate panels admit north light while addressing security concerns.

  • The textured brick facade makes abstract reference to the masonry of older neighborhood buildings.

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    The textured brick facade makes abstract reference to the masonry of older neighborhood buildings.

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    Cameron Campbell/Integrated Studio

    The textured brick facade makes abstract reference to the masonry of older neighborhood buildings.

  • A sales floor displaying products made by prison inmates occupies most of the interior.

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    A sales floor displaying products made by prison inmates occupies most of the interior.

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    Cameron Campbell/Integrated Stud

    A sales floor displaying products made by prison inmates occupies most of the interior.

  • Standard metal components make up the body of the building.

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    Standard metal components make up the body of the building.

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    Cameron Campbell/Integrated Stud

    Standard metal components make up the body of the building.

  • Meticulous detailing yields a building that transcends its humble prefabricated components.

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    Meticulous detailing yields a building that transcends its humble prefabricated components.

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    Cameron Campbell/Integrated Stud

    Meticulous detailing yields a building that transcends its humble prefabricated components.

  • The floor plan.

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    The floor plan.

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    The floor plan.

  • Building section and elevations.

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    Building section and elevations.

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    Courtesy ASK Studio

    Building section and elevations.

iowa prison industries outlet building, des moines, iowa
ask studio
des moines

A wholesale showroom for products made by prison inmates, this building transcends its utilitarian program. Taking his cue from a neighborhood pattern, architect Brent Schipper, AIA, LEED AP, designed a simple structure with an elaborated façade. Standard metal components form the body of the building, while a randomly textured brick wall anchors the street elevation. Narrow windows and translucent polycarbonate panels discreetly address the client’s security concerns. The result, one judge noted, is “good architecture ... using very few moves. Architecture can be simple.”

 

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project credits

principal in charge: Brent Schipper, AIA, LEED AP, ASK Studio; design team: Nathan Klinge and Asa Westphal, ASK Studio; general contractor: Jason Ceretti, Edge Commercial, West Des Moines, Iowa; engineers: John Rhodes, Raker Rhodes Engineering, Des Moines, Dave Chongo, KJWW Engineering Consultants, Des Moines, and Erik Nikkel, Snyder & Associates, Ankeny, Iowa; project size: 8,600 square feet; site size: 0.45 acre; construction cost: $83 per square foot; photography: Cameron Campbell/Integrated Studio.


product details

bathroom fittings and fixtures: Kohler, www.kohler.com; exterior siding and roofing: Star Building Systems, www.starbuildings.com; hardware: Yale, www.yalecommercial.com; hvac equipment: Mitsubishi, www.mitsubishielectric.com, SEMCO, www.semcohvac.com; insulation: Owens Corning, www.owenscorning.com; kitchen fittings: Kohler; lighting fixtures: Lithonia Lighting, www.lithonia.com; paints: Pittsburgh Paints, www.ppgpittsburghpaints.com; range and refrigerator: General Electric, www.geappliances.com