The Iowa Conference Center of the United Methodist Church
The Iowa Conference
Des Moines, Iowa

Challenge: The Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church is the organization representing United Methodist member churches in the State of Iowa. The Conference had determined that a new Conference Center was needed, and purchased property on which to build. Priorities for the Conference were to balance current needs, provide for sensible growth and create a timeless, architectural image reflecting the vision and mission of the Church.

SVPA Solution: The 30,000 s.f. facility provides offices for the Iowa Conference Bishop and Episcopal staff, Conference Foundation, Council on Ministries and the Des Moines District. In addition, a small chapel and various meeting rooms are available for staff and visitors. The building and surrounding landscape are designed to reflect the social principles of the United Methodist Chuch, which include environmental stewardship and service to humanity.

Completion Date: January 2005

Project Size: 30,000 s.f.

Type of Delivery: Design/Build

Project Team:

  • Steven Gray, AIA, IIDA
  • Kent Zarley, ASLA
  • Sara Herman, IIDA, LEED AP
  • Charles Saul Engineering
  • The Weitz Company
  • Civil Engineering Consultants
  • Archigraphica
  • Baker Group
  • Biermann Electric

Became an SVPA client in: 1994

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