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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LeBaron Hall Replacement Study
Levitt Center for University Advancement
Dodge House Renovations
Chemistry Building Addition & Renovation
Iowa Events Center
Camp Dodge Chapel Addition and Renovation
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Memorial Union Food Court
Hospital Emergency Room Renovation & Expansion
Corporate Highrise
Sabin Hall Renovation – LEED Gold
Hub Tower Office Tenant Improvement
Covered Walkway
Food Sciences Building - Room 2379 Renovation
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Biological Sciences Facility
Corporate Headquarters Renovation
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New Office
Science Center - New Facility
MacKay Hall Auditorium Renovation
Utah Farm Bureau Center
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Hub Tower Elevator Modernization
Lance and Ellie's Sandwich Shop
ABC - Office Build-Out
Kemin Food Sciences Lab Renovation
Wyoming Farm Bureau Center
Corporate Headquarters
Camp Dodge Pool Campus Improvements
College of Human Sciences
Goodnow Hall Restoration & Renovation
Office Renovation
Minnesota Farm Bureau Center
Reid “E” Research Facility
ETRC Howe Hall
Catholic Pastoral Center Rehabilitation
Home Office Building with Expansion
Union Drive Community Center Renovations
Coover Hall Infrastructure Study
Common Ground - Coffee Shop
Executive Suites Renovation
Arizona Farm Bureau Center
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