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Turner, Weitz Selected for $445M Expansion of Des Moines International Airport

DES MOINES, IA — Turner Construction Company and joint venture partner The Weitz Company recently celebrated the groundbreaking of a new passenger terminal at Des Moines International Airport (DSM). The ceremony was attended by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie, and other state and local leaders.

The …

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Des Moines Public Schools and Drake University Celebrate Opening of New Stadium

DES MOINES, IA — Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS), along with Drake University, celebrated the official opening of Mediacom Stadium, a new community and sports venue that will serve as the home field for DMPS middle school and high school sports and an on-campus home for the Drake Bulldogs soccer …

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University of Iowa Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Health Sciences Academic Building

IOWA CITY, IA — The University of Iowa (UI) officially breaks ground on its new health sciences academic building. Once complete, the facility will contribute to student success at Iowa by providing learning space and allowing for future growth in three of the university’s most popular and top-ranked programs. The …

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Construction Underway for Mercy Medical Center’s New Marion Emergency Department

MARION, IA — Changes in the community paired with the need for more capacity is driving Mercy Medical Center’s need for a second off-site, hospital-based extension of Mercy’s Emergency Department. As Mercy’s long-standing partner of more than 25 years, Ryan Companies is designing and building the Marion Emergency Department, located …

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Groundbreaking Marks a Milestone for Des Moines International Airport's Terminal Expansion Project

DES MOINES, IA — The Des Moines Airport Authority marks a major milestone with the groundbreaking for the new $445 million terminal slated to open in late 2026. Airport Authority Board Chair Jake Christensen kicked off the celebration, welcoming over 100 guests to the groundbreaking ceremony. Guest speakers, including Des …

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Creighton University Celebrates Grand Opening of New Health Sciences Education Building

OMAHA, NE — Creighton University celebrated the official opening of the CL and Rachel Werner Center for Health Sciences Education. Named in honor of CL and Rachel Werner — whose lead gift to build the facility continues a long legacy of Creighton support — the building’s grand opening was attended …

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Wayne State College Breaks Ground on Athletic and Recreation Complex

WAYNE, NE — Wayne State College has officially broke ground on its athletic and recreation complex renovation and addition project. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by representatives from the college, the Wayne State Foundation, and the Nebraska State College System, as well as students, alumni, and members of the RDG …

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RDG Planning & Design Breaks Ground on UNK-UNMC Rural Health Education Building

KEARNEY, NE — The University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) officially broke ground on a new facility. Designed to grow the state’s health care workforce and address the needs of patients across the state, the UNK-UNMC Rural Health Education Building will expand …

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Infrastructure Renewal Project Creates Entertainment Venue Out of Rock Island Bridge

An inventive infrastructure renewal project in Kansas City, Kansas, will transform the abandoned Rock Island Railroad bridge into America's first destination landmark bridge, with an entertainment district and public spaces to support people walking or biking on nearby trails.

“It can continue to be a way to get to the …

University of Kansas Unveils New Gateway Project, Co-Designed by HNTB and Multistudio

LAWRENCE, KS — The University of Kansas (KU) unveils a new vision for their Gateway District project in the heart of Lawrence which includes major upgrades to the David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium and a remodel to Anderson Family Football Complex. The project is co-designed by architecture firms, HNTB and …

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Topping Out Ceremony Marks a Milestone for Southeast Polk’s New Middle School

ALTOONA, IA — The Weitz Company recently celebrated the topping out of the New Southeast Polk 6-7 Middle School project in Altoona, Iowa. The ceremony marked a significant milestone in the construction of the educational facility.

The Weitz Iowa Commercial Project Team, joined by FRK Architects + Engineers and members …

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Steindler Orthopedic Clinic Breaks Ground on New Ambulatory Surgery Center and Clinic Facility

IOWA CITY, IA — Steindler Orthopedic Clinic, one of Iowa’s largest independent orthopedic practices, officially broke ground on its new clinic and ambulatory surgery center (ASC). Joining Steindler at the groundbreaking were design and construction team members, including representatives from RDG Planning & Design and Miron Construction Co., Inc. The …

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McCarthy Building Companies Employs CMAR to Change Kansas City Healthcare Landscape

McCarthy Building Companies has taken the Kansas City healthcare market by storm, constructing numerous projects using a Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) delivery method since opening an office in the community about a decade ago.

“We are doing some significant projects,” says Seth Kelso, Market Leader for McCarthy in …

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University of Iowa's College of Pharmacy Earns LEED Silver Certification

IOWA CITY, IA — The University of Iowa’s new College of Pharmacy building has earned LEED Silver certification. Complete in December 2019, the building was officially dedicated in 2021 due to COVID-19.

The new 210,000-square-foot building replaced the 1960s College of Pharmacy building with research spaces and an abundance of …

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New Terminal Opens at Kansas City International Airport, Bringing Enhanced Air Travel Experience to the Region

KANSAS CITY, MO — The first flights recently departed from the new single terminal at Kansas City International Airport, marking the end of a five-year development, design, and construction effort and ushering in a new era of air travel in the region. The 1.1 million-square-foot, design-build project, developed by Edgemoor …

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Clark, Weitz, Clarkson Joint Venture Improves Traveler Experience with Kansas City International Airport Upgrades

Aiming to improve the air passenger experience at the Kansas City International Airport in Missouri, the Kansas City Aviation Department has embarked on a $1.5 billion terminal construction project to replace the existing facilities.

“It will give us more space in the right areas,” says Jade Liska, Deputy Director of …

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Two OPN-Designed Buildings Earn AIA Central States Honor Awards

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA — OPN Architects’ Marion Fire Station Headquarters and the Linn County Dr. Percy & Lileah Harris Public Health Building were among seven projects chosen to receive Architecture Honor Awards in this year’s American Institute of Architects Central States Region (AIA CSR) Excellence in Design program.

Projects …

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ASLA Iowa Chapter Recognizes RDG Planning & Design for Excellence in Landscape Design

DAVENPORT, IA — The Iowa Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA Iowa) has recognized RDG Planning & Design with multiple 2022 ASLA Iowa Awards. These awards bring recognition to organizations and individuals who demonstrate superior skills in the practice of landscape architecture.

RDG’s recognition includes a project …

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Hubbard Center for Children Parking Garage Wins 2022 CRSI HONORS Award

OMAHA, NE — The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute has awarded the HDR-designed Hubbard Center for Children Parking Garage with a biennial Design and Construction HONORS Award in its 2022 awards program. The project won in the Transportation category.

Only seven projects receive the HONORS Award from CRSI recognizing design …

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Customized Materials, Soft Soils, and Stringent Permitting Requirements Complicate Omaha Riverfront Revitalization

The $325 million Riverfront Revitalization project in Omaha, Nebraska, is transforming three under-utilized parks along the Missouri River into an active destination space that will improve connectivity and navigation of the city’s core.

Achieving that, however, requires coordination of a multitude of elements on a complicated site.

“Spanning 72 acres …

LEO A DALY Selected to Design Athletic Facilities Upgrades at Peru State College

PERU, NE — LEO A DALY has been selected to design upgrades that will elevate athletics and recreation programs at Peru State College. LEO A DALY is leading architectural, civil, interior, structural, and fire protection design services. Confluence is providing landscape architecture services, and Advanced Engineering Systems is providing mechanical, …

Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s New Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory is Halfway to Completion

AMES, IA — Iowa State University (ISU) College of Veterinary Medicine’s new Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory (VDL) is halfway to completion. The two-story, 94,000-square-foot project is set to finish construction in 2023 and will include specialized laboratory spaces with a flexible layout concept.

During a recent visit to the ISU VDL …

YSS Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Youth Recovery Campus

CAMBRIDGE, IA — Designed in collaboration with RDG Planning & Design, the Ember Youth Recovery Campus will serve as a nature-based, holistic treatment center for youths and young adults from across Iowa.

YSS recently broke ground on Ember, its new $20-million recovery campus near Cambridge, Iowa. Among attendees to …

HNTB Selected to Provide Design Services at Des Moines International Airport

DES MOINES, IA — The Des Moines Airport Authority has awarded HNTB a contract to provide design services for the airport’s improvement program, including a future terminal building that would replace the existing building.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to partner with the airport on designing a facility …

The Weitz Company Breaks Ground on New City of Grimes Public Library in Iowa

GRIMES, IA — The Weitz Company has broken ground for the new Grimes Public Library.

Employees from The Weitz Company, Grimes City Council Members, The Grimes Public Library, and Invision Architecture recently gathered to break ground on the site. The new library will be built on the corner of North …

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Shining a Light on Omaha’s Riverfront: Riverfront Revitalization Project

OMAHA, NE — For pioneers, the Missouri River represented a new frontier — a place where the future was uncertain but, at the same time, unlimited. That same spirit of discovery and possibility is alive and well in Omaha, where two Kiewit projects are reshaping the future of this community. …

ASLA Central States Chapter Recognizes Excellence in Design

EDGERTON, KS — The Central States Region of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recognizes RDG Planning & Design with three 2022 ASLA Awards. These awards recognize organizations and individuals who demonstrate superior skill in the practice and/or study of landscape architecture.

The three projects recognized include Big Bull …

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Labor Shortage is a Universal Issue in the Construction Industry

The ever-growing labor shortage is a universal issue, affecting nearly every business sector that relies on the availability of a workforce. It’s an issue that was happening before the COVID-19 pandemic and has persisted.

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, there are 11.3 million job openings in the U.S., …

Missouri Governor Announces Meta Selects Kansas City for New $800M Data Center

KANSAS CITY, MO — Governor Mike Parson announces that Meta Platforms, Inc. (Meta), formerly known as Facebook, Inc., will locate a nearly one million-square-foot data center in Kansas City, Missouri, investing more than $800 million and supporting up to 100 jobs. The data center, a first of its kind in …

Iowa Governor Announces $100M Investment for Iowa Commercial Airports

DES MOINES, IA — Governor Reynolds announces a $100-million investment to modernize and strengthen Iowa’s air transportation system through the Iowa Commercial Aviation Infrastructure Fund.

Iowa’s eight commercial airports are eligible for funding that will support modernization and expansion projects. Ninety percent of the funds will be granted based upon …

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Iowa Governor Announces Major Investments in Three Water Quality Projects Across Iowa

DES MOINES, IA — Governor Kim Reynolds announces $38 million through Iowa’s Water Infrastructure Fund (WIF) to support three water quality and infrastructure projects across Iowa. The WIF grants are being awarded to three projects in western, central, and eastern Iowa and include the creation of new water system infrastructure, …

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Planning a Complete Transportation Corridor in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, MO — The 11th Street and 12th Street corridors in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, serve all modes of transportation while supporting the busiest bus traffic in the metro. The City of Kansas City and the Kansas City Area Transit Authority (KCATA) want to improve the streets for bus …

Kansas Governor Announces $750M in Highway Projects Added to IKE Development Pipeline

TOPEKA, KS — Governor Laura Kelly joined Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz to announce the addition of 25 highway modernization and expansion projects totaling $750 million to the development pipeline as part of the Kelly Administration’s bipartisan, 10-year Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program (IKE). The pipeline announcement clears the way for preliminary …

USDOT Announces Historic Bridge Investment Under Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Kansas to Receive $225M

TOPEKA, KS — The U.S. Department of Transportation launched the historic Bridge Replacement, Rehabilitation, Preservation, Protection, and Construction Program (Bridge Formula Program), made possible by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

The program, to be administered by the Federal Highway Administration, represents the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction …

Burns & McDonnell is Key Partner in Securing WIFIA Loan for City of Wichita Public Works and Utilities Project

WICHITA, KS — The City of Wichita was recently selected to apply for financing through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) and receive a loan of up to $181.1 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The financing will support new biological nutrient removal (BNR) treatment processes …

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