Archinect - News 2015-11-24T17:29:35-05:00 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> 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> Temple University Physicist proposes three 1,000-foot walls to tornado-proof Midwest Archinect 2014-06-30T20:31:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T18:17:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="1160" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a paper he recently published in the International Journal of Modern Physics B, Tao points to two regions of China... that have a similar geographic location as the Midwest&mdash;but far fewer tornadoes. The difference, he says, is that China's plains are surrounded by three east-west mountain ranges, which slow down passing winds enough to prevent tornados from forming. Tao, then, is essentially suggesting we build mountain range-sized walls across Tornado Alley...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> An Architecture-Lover's Road Trip Archinect 2014-06-13T16:45:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:38:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>THANKS TO preservation efforts and the museum-building boom of the past decade, America's hot zone for modern and contemporary architecture is still the Midwest. And driving is the best way to see it all, including the star attraction, Chicago. "It's the birthplace of tall buildings," said Zo&euml; Ryan, an architecture and design curator at the Art Institute of Chicago</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Tornado Response UPDATE Archinect 2012-03-02T17:16:00-05:00 >2012-03-03T20:47:07-05:00 <img src="" width="250" height="159" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It looks like Harrisburg dodged more severe weather last night. [...] We've seen an impressive response to yesterday's appeal for volunteer and fundraising support, and have launched the Midwest Tornadoes Recovery campaign on our website and Global Giving. We got emails and calls throughout the day - we've directly responded to most already and are positioning talent offered for our response.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Roof ripped off St. Louis airport by tornado, 5 injured J. James R. 2011-04-23T03:44:47-04:00 >2011-04-23T17:39:13-04:00 <img src="" width="474" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At least five people were treated for minor injuries at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, said airport spokesman Jerry Lea. Four were taken to the hospital. Lea said the injuries were believed to be from shattered glass. The storm lifted the roof and blew out glass on Concord C, airport officials said. Upper-level terminals were damaged and vehicles were reported overturned at the parking garage. An Air National Guard facility at the airport was also reportedly damaged.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>