Lowa Prison Industries Outlet Building

Des Moines, IA United States


Project Description

2012 RADA

Light Commercial / Merit

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.”


Project Details

Lowa Prison Industries Outlet Building
Shared by:
Project Team:
    Brent Schipper, Principal In Charge
  • Design Team: Nathan Klinge 
  • Design Team: Asa Westphal 
  • General Contractor: Jason Ceretti 
  • Engineer: John Rhodes 
  • Engineer: Dave Chongo 
  • Engineer: Erik Nikkel 
  • Photography: Cameron Campbell 
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Project Size:
    8,600 sq ft
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Specified Products

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



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