Substance Architecture


Center Street Park & Ride

Des Moines, Iowa

This park and ride facility contains parking for 1,815 automobiles, a daycare facility for 100 children, and a bus station serving the central business district. The project is simply a large rectangular box housing vehicles, with service elements articulated outside the structure. The facility allows downtown workers to park close to the freeway, drop off children, and use public transportation to get to their workplaces.

The service and cladding elements of the facility are strategically arranged. The south edge is set back from the street to form a public plaza and daycare play area facing downtown. The glass and steel elevator and stair towers provide views to the city, and humanize the large scale of the garage. To the west, the main entry route, the entry is marked "PARK" text projected from perforated stainless steel panels. A bus canopy and yellow steel framework define the metro bus station and hold lighting, seating, and radiant heaters. All elements are assembled from industrial materials to support the functional aesthetic of the project.


Honor Award for Architecture, 2000
American Institute of Architects - National

Merit Award, 2000
Design for Transportation National Awards U.S. Department of Transportation

Honor Award, 2000
Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute Design

Honor Award, 2000
American Institute of Architects - Central States Regional

Excellence in Concrete Award, 1999
Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association

Honor Award, 1999
American Institute of Architects - Iowa Chapter


Architecture, February 2001
Architectural Record, May 2001
Iowa Architect, 01:236
Metal Architecture, August 2000
Iowa Architect, 00:232
Iowa Architect, 99:231

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