Substance Architecture


Meredith Corporate Expansion

Des Moines, Iowa

This expansion of the headquarters for Meredith Corporation, a large publishing/media company, includes a four-level 180,000 square foot office building, a 330 car parking garage, a 230-foot skywalk, and two city blocks of landscape development.

The project consolidates all of their employees in a single cohesive campus. Appropriately, the design works with the existing building to create a unified urban space.

The building employs a number of energy efficient strategies, The indirect lighting is equipped with sensors which dim lights to compensate for the daylight contribution, maintaining a consistent level of ambient illumination. The result is a 30% energy saving over similar, more conventional office buildings.


Honor Award for Architecture, 2002
American Institute of Architects - National

Honor Award, 2002
Iowa Commerce/Iowa Architect

Design Distinction, 1999
I.D. Magazine

National Finalist, 1999
Business Week/Architectural Record

Excellence in Concrete Award, 1999
Iowa Ready-Mixed Concrete Association

Honor Award, 1998
American Institute of Architects - Central States Region

Honor Award, 1998
American Institute of Architects - Iowa Chapter

Top Award, 1998
MidAmerican Energy


Review, 2003
Land Forum 13, 2002
Iowa Commerce, June/July 2002
Iowa Architect, 02:241
Architectural Record, May 2001
Offices and Work Spaces, 1999
I.D. Magazine, July/August 1999
Iowa Architect, 99:228
Iowa Architect, 98:226
Architecture Minnesota, November/December 1998

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