John and Mary
Sculpture Park

City of Des Moines
Des Moines, IA
4 acres
Completion date
September 2009

žžƵ worked closely with architects and landscape designers from Agrest and Gandelsonas Architects, LLP, to take the dream and vision of a philanthropist and mould it into a realistic and pragmatic public space. 

Our integrated design process places equal importance on a working knowledge of the site and understanding of the downtown environment to meet the public need. Integrating landscape architecture, civil and electrical engineering, lighting and artistry, the two-block stretch in the Western Gateway area of downtown Des Moines is a flexible space that adapts to a variety of uses.    Besides providing a backdrop for its artistic installations, the Pappajohn Sculpture Park also serves as a concert venue and city park.  The diverse needs of downtown residents, businesses and community leaders were wrapped into a simple and clean design solution that embraces the vision of both the city and generous donors. 

Regional Lighting Award — Best in Class for Exterior
Iowa/ Minnesota Illuminating Engineering Society
National Lighting Award of Merit
Illuminating Engineering Society
Merit Award for Constructed Design
ASLA Iowa Chapter