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Des Moines Municipal Services Center

Neumann Monson Architects

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Project Name

Des Moines Municipal Services Center


402 SE 16th St.


Project Status


Year Completed



113,000 sq. feet

Construction Cost



City of Des Moines


  • Channing Swanson


  • General Contractor: Neumann Brothers
  • Civil Engineer: Snyder & Associates
  • Structural Engineer: Kueny Architects, LLC
  • : Modus
  • Landscape Architect: Genus Landscape Architects

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Project Description

Following an extensive master plan study, Phase 1 of this project has recently been completed.

This municipality operated its field services from several older and outdated facilities scattered around the city. These services include the Departments of Public Works and Parks and Recreation, plus other services such as Engineering, Fleet, Traffic and Transportation, Housing Services maintenance, satellite maintenance facilities, and other service uses. In order to develop interdepartmental teams and cooperation, and to realize organizational efficiencies (cost savings estimated at nearly $2M/year and $3M one time), these services have been consolidated and centrally located into a single campus location. This Phase 1 project contains 113,000 GSF. Ultimately, 397,000 GSF will be required to consolidate the various city departments into one facility.

Organizationally, the building contains essentially two components—administrative offices and operational facilities. The final solution adopted two strategies which formed the basis of the final layout. First, the lab and storage spaces were organized into ‘saddlebags’ flanking the large central vehicle storage bay. The represented an evolution in the layout of typical municipal facilities. Secondly, the administrative ‘bar’ was pulled away from the operational components and connected with two ‘bridges’. This allowed light to penetrate into the center of the facility where otherwise there would typically be no outside access. A glass enclosed courtyard has thus been created as an amenity for the occupants of the building.

All materials used on the interior and exterior were chosen for both economy and durability and almost all are self-finishing, requiring little to no maintenance.
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