Iowa City Public Works
© Integrated Studio

IOWA CITY PUBLIC WORKS

Neumann Monson Architects

LOCATION
Iowa City, United States

CATEGORY
Workshop

AREA
99294 Ft²

YEAR
2019

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
Raker Rhodes Engineering

CONTRACTOR
Merit Construction

LANDSCAPE DESIGN
Genus Landscape Architects

DESIGN TEAM
Neumann Monson Architects

MANUFACTURERS
Assa Abloy, Centria, Hormann, Cpi Daylighitng, New Millennium Building Systems

MEP ENGINEER
Modus

CIVIL ENGINEER
Snyder & Associates

EQUIPMENT CONSULTANT
Hdr | Maintenance Design Group

Text description provided by architect.

This project represents the ambitious first step in a 14-acre master plan to consolidate and upgrade a scattered set of aging municipal operations.

Iowa City Public Works
© Integrated Studio
Iowa City Public Works
© Integrated Studio

The predominately concrete structure houses the Streets and Water Departments along with their associated vehicles and equipment.

The program includes shop space, large-scale storage, mezzanine storage with elevator and forklift access, a fire training tower, fire pump truck training, police and fire storage, and vehicle/equipment wash bays.

The facility’s east facade faces a residential neighborhood across an arterial just south of downtown.

Iowa City Public Works
© Integrated Studio
Iowa City Public Works
© Integrated Studio
Iowa City Public Works
© Integrated Studio

It sets an edge condition for the well-trafficked bike trail that links recreational grounds to the north and south, establishing a civic presence and measured cadence that belies the rough and tumble flexibility that it accommodates deeper into the site.

Projecting windows modulate the structure’s scale and provide dynamic exterior lighting at night.

Iowa City Public Works
© Integrated Studio
Iowa City Public Works
© Integrated Studio

The diffuse daylight that they admit during work hours—combined with 40 skylights as well as translucent polycarbonate walls on the north and south facades—provides a superior work environment and lends operational efficiencies.

The west façade provides vehicular access to services including shops and wash bays. A 12-foot canopy provides outdoor cover for materials storage.

Iowa City Public Works
© Integrated Studio
Iowa City Public Works
© Integrated Studio

The building’s volumetric aspect ratio enables the mechanical system to heat and cool efficiently.

The structure’s 50-foot module anticipates future additions and modifications.

Material choices are highly durable, easily maintained, and cost-effective.

The building’s anticipated LEED Gold certification furthers the city’s commitment to carbon neutrality as they deliver vital public services from this facility.

Iowa City Public Works
© Integrated Studio


Iowa City Public Works
Site Plan
Iowa City Public Works
Floor Plan
Iowa City Public Works
Axonometric

Neumann Monson Architects
T +1 319 338 7878
Neumann Monson Architects
221 E College St # 303, Iowa City, IA 52240, United States