1459 Grand Avenue Des Moines, Iowa

The Krause Gateway Center

Krause Gateway Center is the headquarters of the businesses of Krause Group, and is in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano and his Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the building opens its doors to Krause Group associates in November 2018.

Building Highlights Include

  • Allora, a modern, Italian-inspired café featuring farm fresh ingredients and a seasonal
    chef-driven menu. Open to the public (located on the first floor).
  • Natural, abundant light throughout the building
  • Collaborative work environments
  • Outdoor meeting space
  • Rooftop garden
  • Dedicated space for training
  • Multipurpose room for all company gatherings and events
  • Fitness room and adjoining locker room
  • Game room
  • Art collection
  • Parking for associates

"Lightness, simplicity, and openness are the main concepts expressed in the design. 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."

Renzo Piano
The building was designed to provide Krause Group Associates a modern and highly collaborative work environment that offers flexibility for growth in the years to come. The five-story building is constructed for LEED certification, and features glass prominently on all sides to provide transparency and light throughout the building. The layout was designed to foster collaboration through innovative and unique use of space and light, including outdoor terraces available to Krause Group associates for flexible work areas.

Massive roof overhangs provide both an artistic element to the building as well as a functional one by increasing energy efficiency. A “green” roof planted with native prairie grasses and flowers lessens the impact of energy usage and water run-off.
In addition, the entire plaza surrounding the building is landscaped to serve as a natural extension of the celebrated John & Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park located across the street.

History of the Project

Initial planning for the project began in 2013 and RPBW was selected as architect in 2014. After breaking ground officially in October 2015, the project took three years to complete.

A Trusted Team

In addition to the talented architects and designers at Renzo Piano Building Workshop, several notable firms (and hundreds of skilled trades workers) were instrumental in the design, construction and finish of Krause Gateway Center. OPN Architects served as the local architect on the project, and have been critical partners in bringing RPBW's design to life. Ryan Companies US, Inc., served as the general contractor.

Krause Group is a family of businesses which includes Kum & Go, Solar Transport, the Des Moines Menace soccer team, and Italian wineries Vietti and Enrico Serafino, in addition to real estate and agriculture operations.