BBS Architects Engineers

United States General Services Administration (GSA)

Owner: United States General Services Administration (GSA)
Architectural and Engineering Design Services: BBS Architects | Engineers
Structural Engineers: Raker Rhodes Engineering
Civil Engineers: Snyder & Associates

Fire Protection: Summit Companies
General Contractor: Woodruff Construction, LLC
Construction Completed: 2018
Project Data: 44,000 GSF
Construction Cost: $12,500,000

Photo Credit: Cameron Campbell Integrated Studio


Client Need: After the Post Office moved out of the facility, the GSA had a need to repurpose the main floor of the Iowa City Federal Building for a new tenant - the Veterans Health Administration of Iowa City. VHA was interested in converting the available building areas to outpatient clinic spaces.


BBS Approach:

BBS worked closely with representatives from the General Services Administration and the Iowa City Veterans Health Administration to develop a master plan for the building to provide new space for multiple VHA clinics and departments. The design process included extensive input from VHA's Facility Design Department, Compensation & Pension Clinic, Dental Clinic, Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy Clinic, Prosthetics Department, Office of Information Technology, Logistics Department, and Safety Department. Through listening to the needs and desires of each of these groups, BBS was able to develop creative and responsive design solutions. The end result is a modern and healthy facility that provides veterans with convenient access to high quality outpatient medical care in downtown Iowa City. 


Project Results:

  • Federal Design Requirements

  • Adaptive Reuse of Existing Building

  • Outpatient Healthcare Design

  • Multiple User and Stakeholder Groups

  • Planning & Programming Services

  • Multi-Phased Design and Construction

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Executive Suites Renovation
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Corporate Highrise
Catholic Pastoral Center Rehabilitation
Covered Walkway
Union Drive Community Center Renovations
Food Sciences Building - Room 2379 Renovation
ETRC Hoover Hall
Common Ground - Coffee Shop
VRAC C6 and Office Suite
Biological Sciences Facility
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ETRC Howe Hall
Corporate Headquarters Renovation
Hub Tower Conference Center
IADA Office Renovation
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Hub Tower Office Tenant Improvement
Office Renovation
BBS at 219 8th Street
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Iowa Events Center
Reid “E” Research Facility
Wyoming Farm Bureau Center
Beardshear Hall Remodeling
Arizona Farm Bureau Center
New Office
Levitt Center for University Advancement
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Camp Dodge Pool Campus Improvements
Extension 4-H Youth Building
Memorial Union Food Court
Corporate Headquarters
Hospital Emergency Room Renovation & Expansion
ABC - Office Build-Out
Home Office Building with Expansion
Sabin Hall Renovation – LEED Gold
Camp Dodge Chapel Addition and Renovation
Hub Tower Elevator Modernization
Utah Farm Bureau Center
Kemin Food Sciences Lab Renovation
Chemistry Building Addition & Renovation
Dodge House Renovations
Coover Hall Infrastructure Study
LeBaron Hall Replacement Study
Minnesota Farm Bureau Center
Science Center - New Facility
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