Fred L. Maytag II Scout Center
Iowa Council of Boy Scouts
Des Moines, Iowa

Challenge: Create a new headquarters for the Iowa Council of Boy Scouts that reflects the mission and values of Scouting, including LEED certification.

SVPA Solution: The facility createsan atmosphere that evokes the spirit of Scouting, inspiring Scouts and their leaders to continue to strive to meet the ideals of Scouting.  It includes administrative offices, lobby, scout merchandise shop and a conference/training center. A fire ring, amphitheater, a pond and ceremonial bridge for Scout events and ceremonies are an important part of the facility.

The design of the facility was conceived using materials and forms reminiscent of a Scout camp lodge, using natural materials of Iowa limestone and glue-laminated wood roof trusses and trellis elements.

The work involved the craftsmanship of local masons to lay the stone in a random ashlar pattern, with ledge stones projecting from the face in a random pattern to give the stone life and depth. Limestone was used as the base material around the building, as well as the scout shop walls, the lobby, fireplace, amphitheater and the trellis element.

The trellis element sets the building orientation on the site. The trellis is a circulation element that extends along the entrance walk to the main entrance, continues through the lobby, and then back outside along the walk to the amphitheater. The line of the trellis defines the azimuth line for the summer solstice sunrise/winter solstice sunset, marking the longest and shortest days of the year, which ties in with the Scout’s closeness with the natural world around them. The project achieved LEED Certification.

Completion Date: April 2013

Type of Delivery: Negotiated Contract

Project Team:

  • Scott Hatfield, AIA, IIDA
  • Bob Ormsby, AIA, LEED AP
  • Seth Shannon, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
  • Sara Herman, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C
  • Tometich Engineering
  • Civil Engineering Consultants
  • Graham Construction
  • Baker Electric
  • Waldinger Corporation

Became an SVPA Client in: 2007

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