Kum & Go, a Midwest-based convenience store and gas station chain, hired OPN Architects as the architect-of-record for the new Krause Gateway Center. The company decided to move its headquarters from its 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 will provide architectural counsel and construction drawings.
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.
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.
The project broke ground in 2015, and is aiming for an early 2018 completion.