The 11-story CRST Center makes a modern statement in the Cedar Rapids skyline while taking cues from its site along the river. The cantilevered floor references nearby May’s Island, while the terracotta exteriors plays to the historic brick structures, and a fourth-floor terrace visually connects to the downtown core. Offices on the fourth floor extend over the Cedar River. On the same floor, a terrace wraps around three sides of the building offering expansive views to downtown Cedar Rapids.
CRST occupies the fourth and fifth floors of the Class A multi-tenant corporate headquarters. The sixth floor is ready to be built out for future growth. Visitors to the CRST offices are greeted as they step off the elevator by a lobby infused by light from an asymmetrical oval opening between the fourth and fifth floors. Changing color lights around the oval’s rim draw the eye up. Custom graphics reinforce corporate branding and identity behind the reception desk and etched onto glass panels that extend from ceiling to floor at either end of the oval. A timeline installation on CRST’s second of two floors reminds employees and visitors of the company’s transportation legacy.
The fifth floor is accessed via a transparent central staircase with a dramatic light fixture suspended above and an iconic blown glass sculpture below. This floor features conference rooms, office space, and an employee café that can double as an event space.
As the anchor tenant, Banker’s Trust has retail space on the ground level as well as office space on the fifth and sixth floors. The reception area and offices on the fifth floor are connected to the floor above by an open staircase with views out to the river on the building’s west side. The same views are afforded from the sixth-floor boardroom, which is visually linked across the stairway to workstations by floor-to-ceiling glass walls. A terrace off the large flexible training room offers access to the outdoors, six stories above the river.
The top two floors are occupied by other tenants. Future street-level retail will fill the remainder of the first floor.
Sustainability was important when designing this 120,000-square-foot office tower. The building features the City of Cedar Rapids’ first living green wall, a substantial solar control screen, and high performance glass. The building also incorporates a flood wall and flood pump station into the lower-level parking area to ensure stability in the event of a flood.