Archinect - News 2015-12-02T01:56:40-05:00 Renzo Piano's Kum & Go HQ enters construction phase + new (better) renderings Alexander Walter 2015-09-22T09:00:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:59:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier this summer, Midwest convenience store chain Kum &amp; Go <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">revealed a first peek</a> at their new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano-designed Des Moines, Iowa headquarters</a>. The initial round of design illustrations were of a rather austere, CAD-like quality, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect commenters remarked</a> that the renderings failed to express how the project would relate to its urban context.</p><p>Now several new, photorealistic renderings have been revealed that help to get a better understanding of the 5-story building at 1459 Grand Avenue, officially dubbed the Krause Gateway Center.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <em>East View.</em></p><p>With construction fencing going up and demolition work of existing buildings beginning this week, the project is certainly moving forward. Presentation of updated plans to the Urban Design Review Board is scheduled for the coming days.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <em>West View.</em></p><p>All images courtesy of Renzo Piano Building Workshop.</p> Renzo Piano's designs for Kum & Go HQ revealed Alexander Walter 2015-07-02T13:49:00-04:00 >2015-07-07T17:53:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="231" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When Midwest convenience store chain Kum &amp; Go announced the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">selection of Renzo Piano</a> as design architect for their new Des Moines, Iowa headquarters last November, speculations immediately ran wild about what the Italian master would put to paper.</p><p>The secrecy has now been lifted with the official reveal of the designs for the 5-story Krause Gateway Center, scheduled to open in 2018.</p><p>Scroll down for the announcement Kum &amp; Go published, along with first design impressions, this week.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Kum &amp; Go shared today the designs for their new Downtown Des Moines headquarters, Krause Gateway Center, located at 1459 Grand Avenue. The building was designed to provide Kum &amp; Go associates a modern and highly collaborative work environment that offers flexibility for growth in the years to come.</em></p><p><em>The five-story building is being planned and constructed for LEED certification, and will feature glass prominently on all sides to provide transparency and light throughout the building. The layout was designed to...</em></p> Steven Holl's second University of Iowa arts building topped out Justine Testado 2015-03-24T20:48:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T21:20:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Steven Holl Architects is gracing the campus grounds of the University of Iowa once again with the recently topped out Visual Arts Building. The firm -- in collaboration with BNIM Architects -- won the competition in 2010 to design the new arts facility, which will house the studio departments for the School of Art and Art History. The Visual Arts Building replaced the original mid-1930s building that became heavily damaged during a flood at the campus in June 2008. The building is slated for a May 2016 opening.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>SHA's design focuses greatly on forming new social spaces for students and faculty to gather and intermingle. The vertically porous facility will provide 126,000 sq.ft. of space for graduate student studios, faculty and staff offices, and galleries. Ample loft-like spaces will be allotted to the departments of printmaking, painting, photography, 3D multimedia, and sculptural arts.</p><p>Stairs and corridors that weave throughout the four-story structure were designed as "social cond...</p> Renzo Piano will design the new Kum & Go corporate HQ in Iowa Justine Testado 2014-11-20T15:57:00-05:00 >2015-07-02T13:52:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Renzo Piano Building Workshop will be the design architect for the new corporate headquarters of Midwest convenience retailer chain Kum &amp; Go. The 120,000 sq.foot building will be located at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. After competing teams submitted written proposals, six finalists were interviewed last month before RPBW won the project. In the next few months, a local architect and general contractor will be chosen as the design process begins.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>UPDATE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano's designs for Kum &amp; Go HQ revealed</a></p> Frank Lloyd Wright hotel reopens in Iowa Archinect 2011-09-08T13:05:36-04:00 >2011-09-08T13:05:37-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frank Lloyd Wright's only remaining hotel re-opened in Mason City, Iowa, a little more a century after the iconic, and often controversial, architect designed it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> What will a few design problems cost? $5,000,000. J. James R. 2011-04-15T18:38:48-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The county will be seeking to recover some of the damages, or expenses the county had to pay other contractors as a result of what we will claim to be HOK&rsquo;s breach of contract [HOK] lacked coordination and completion and had conflicts, errors and omissions in the design drawings.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> It's unsure of who Polk County is actually suing since <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HOK spun-off its athletic and events business</a> in 2008&ndash; HOK Sport Venue Event and HOK Group Inc. came to agreement in a transfer of ownership with shareholders agreeing to the buy out. In March of 2009, HOK Sport Venue Event <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rebranded itself "Populous"</a> which was a stipulation in the previous buyout agreement. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Des Moines Register</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KCCI Des Moines</a> and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daily Aljian</a>, however, are reporting the potential lawsuit is against Populous, HOK Sport or HOK.<br><br> The lawsuit is the result of a 5-0 vote from the Polk County Board of Supervisors to reclaim $5,000,000 in settled claims, 15 in total, filed by contractors. The contractors allege that design errors and omissions caused them undue hardship during the construction of the facility. The county now wants Populous to foot the settlement bill. The Iowa Events Center was completed in 2005 to the tune of $218,000,000&ndash;&nbsp; HOK, now Populous, was paid $18,565,130 for architectural and desi...</p>