Krause Gateway Center Plan Revealed
April 8, 2016
Site plans for the Krause Gateway Center, a collaboration by Confluence, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, OPN Architects and Ryan Companies have been submitted for City review.· view full ·
Confluence was retained by Kum & Go to assist with the relocation of their new corporate headquarters from a nearby suburb to downtown Des Moines. Confluence led executives through a visioning and goal setting exercise to ensure the new facility reflects the company’s new corporate culture and brand. Confluence then led Kum & Go through the design team selection process by which the Design Architect, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, and the Local Architect of Record, OPN Architects were both selected.
Renzo Piano Building Workshop and OPN retained Confluence to lead the site design for the new facility. The building, anticipated to stand five stories tall and measure approximately 160,000 square feet, will feature a rooftop garden, outdoor meeting space, underground parking, indoor training space, a game room, and public art galleries. The building form is influenced by the neighboring Pappajohn Sculpture Park.
The site is intended to be viewed, and function, as an extension of the adjacent Pappajohn Sculpture Park. The site will feature amenities not currently provided by the existing park including shade, lush plantings and intimate seating areas.
An “Urban Forest” overlays the site. The northern slope features a dramatic grade change, and paths which meander through woodland shrubs in the shade of White Birch. A simple grove of London Planetrees defines the “West Park” where a variety of seating options are screened from the adjacent street by native plants indicative of the Iowa landscape.
The proposed green roof is designed to utilize an extensive native vegetative mat. All storm water runoff from the building will be collected and a system for reuse as an irrigation source is proposed. Confluence is collaborating with the lighting designer on the site lighting strategy. Ambient light from the building will be the primary source of site lighting with indirect lighting sources provided throughout the site as needed.