Principal Financial Group Cafe
Des Moines, Iowa

Challenge: Create a unique food service and dining room to act as a retreat from the typical office environment from an existing training room and warehouse.

SVPA Solution: The existing training room was renovated into a new dining space with the new kitchen and servery using a portion of the existing vacant warehouse. To create the retreat-like space, warm bold colors were used and mixed with a variety of woods, metals, concrete and stone. Some of the specific materials used were galvanized steel, copper, bamboo, quartz countertops, solid surface, laminate and stainless steel diamond plate. Stained polished concrete was used to help blend the new and existing concrete in both the dining room and serving kitchen. The warm colors added visual interest while still being very low maintenance, a high priority for the Owner.

The dining room needed to provide a variety of flexible seating options including booths, perimeter counter height seating and flexible seating in the middle in a variety of sizes. The signature furniture piece for the dining room was custom designed using a 48 inch round electrical spool and attaching a 60 inch round glass top using exposed metal levelers. This one of kind table is set off by six whimsical transparent blue molded chairs.

Completion Date: October 2008

Project Size: 5,000 s.f.

Type of Delivery: Negotiated Fast Track

Project Team:

  • Leslie Wilson, IIDA, LEED AP
  • Charles Saul Engineering
  • The Weitz Company
  • Wolin Electrical
  • Baker Group

Became an SVPA client in: 1993

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