Kum & Go, a Midwest-based convenience store and gas station chain, released the design for Krause Gateway Center, its new headquarters in Downtown Des Moines. The company announced early last year plans to move from its current West Des Moines location to a new site situated along Grand Avenue between 14th and 15th streets, just north of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. Internationally renowned architect Renzo Piano Building Workshop was chosen to design the building. OPN Architects was chosen as architect-of-record to provide architectural counsel and construction drawings, and Ryan Companies US, Inc., as the construction partner.
The new five-story headquarters will feature wall-to-wall expanses of glass to allow natural light into the building and views out onto the Sculpture Garden and skyline of Downtown Des Moines; an open office floor-plan to foster collaboration and flexibility; a multi-purpose room for all-company gatherings and events; a conference center and outdoor meeting spaces; a game room; a fitness room and locker rooms; parking for associates; and space to display the Krause’s expansive art collection.
“Lightness, simplicity, and openness are the main concepts expressed in the design,” says Renzo Piano, founder of Renzo Piano Building Workshop and architect for the project. “The four vast planes flying over the site will emphasize the lightness and the transparency of the building, and will dialogue with the sculpture park nearby.”
Designed to achieve LEED certification, the plans incorporate a large green roof to decrease the impact of energy use and water runoff. Roof overhangs further reduce energy consumption, as well as provide architectural interest to the design. It was important to Kum & Go for the building to be an eye-catching design but also play nice with its neighbors. A fully landscaped plaza will surround the building and serve as an extension of the Sculpture Park.
“I’m excited to share the designs with Kum & Go associates and the Des Moines community,” says Kyle Krause, president and CEO of Kum & Go. “An incredible team of people has been working on this design for many months, and it’s great to be able to share it now with a broader audience.”
The project is expected to break ground in fall 2015, and is aiming for an early 2018 completion.