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DES MOINES, Iowa — Six months following the groundbreaking of Krause Gateway Center — home of Kum & Go LC’s new headquarters — the convenience store operator has revealed new design and landscape images for the five-story building.
According to Kum & Go, submitting these plans to the city of Des Moines for review marks the next step in its continued development of the building.
Located at 1459 Grand Ave. in downtown Des Moines, the center will not only serve as Kum & Go’s new headquarters, but also house other Krause Holdings Inc. entities, including the Des Moines Menace soccer team and Solar Transport, a fuel transport company.
“The landscape architecture of this building is an important way to connect our building to the Western Gateway community,” said Kyle Krause, president and CEO of Kum & Go. “We wanted to make the land around the building an inviting space for our associates, our neighbors and everyone in our community.”
Confluence, a landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm, collaborated with Renzo Building Workshop — the building’s designer — to create the landscape design for the center, as well as local architecture firm OPN Architects and construction developer Ryan Companies US Inc.
Initial plans for the center involve lush, park-like settings, featuring mature trees and plantings to create a shady respite opposite the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park.
Additionally, a garden on the grounds will include interactive sensory elements to further engage the community in the space, according to Kum & Go.
Plans for the west side of the building include tables and seating, as well as multiple leisure activity stations like chess tables and a bocce court, while the north side of the building will include a more meditative space with a small concrete amphitheater carved into a grove of trees.
“This space is about being an inviting place to work that Kum & Go associates can be proud of and it’s about providing an engaging space open for our community to interact with our associates, as well as to enjoy and experience on their own,” Krause noted.
As CSNews Online previously reported, Krause Gateway Center is being planned and constructed for LEED certification and will feature glass on all sides to provide transparency and light throughout the building. The layout is designed to foster collaboration through innovative and unique use of space and light, including outdoor terraces available to Kum & Go associates for flexible work areas.
Other building highlights include:
- Natural, abundant light throughout the building
- Collaborative work environments
- Outdoor meeting space
- Rooftop garden
- Dedicated space for training
- Multipurpose room for all-company gatherings and events
- Fitness room and adjoining locker room
- Game room
- Art collection
- Parking for associates
“Our plans were guided by the project team’s direction to be inviting to the community, while also reinforcing the Kum & Go culture for associates,” said Confluence Project Manager Seth Gray. “This site will be a place of energy and activity, and its design is a reflection of the Krause family, this incredible building, and its position within downtown Des Moines.”
The anticipated completion date for the Krause Gateway Center is 2018.
West Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go has more than 430 c-stores across 11 states.
Click on the image above to view Krause Gateway Center’s architecture and landscape plans.