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Des Moines University

Medical and
Health Science
Campus

Client
Des Moines University
Location
West Des Moines, IA
Size
88 acres

Set across 88-acres of the West Des Moines Innovation Corridor, Des Moines University's new, ground-up campus establishes a premier destination for students, faculty, staff and friends of the university. 

žžƵ's design for the campus takes direction from the site's natural beauty and diverse physical characteristics, building on the concept, "the edge of advancement," to imagine an innovative, iconic campus that reflects DMU's values, respects the land, connects to the community and offers an inclusive, intuitive environment. 

With academic functions at its core, žžƵ's design creates technology-rich, flexible education spaces that support innovative teaching methods and expand research activity and clinical services. Clear wayfinding reinforces equitable design and provides convenient connections to wellness, campus support and parking. Landscape design transforms the surrounding site into a restorative panorama of naturalized areas, innovative rainwater solutions, trails and outdoor gathering spaces. The new campus opened in 2023, the year that also marked DMU's 125th anniversary. 

Awards
Merit Award — Design (Unbuilt)
ASLA Central States
2022