BBS Architects Engineers

EMC Insurance Companies

EMC – Corporate Highrise
EMC – Corporate Highrise
EMC – Corporate Highrise
EMC – Corporate Highrise
EMC – Corporate Highrise
EMC – Corporate Highrise

Owner: EMC Insurance Companies
Architectural and Engineering Design Services: BBS Architects | Engineers
Construction Completed: 1997
Project Data: 430,000 SF
Construction Cost: $53,000,000

Client Need:
EMC expanded their downtown Des Moines location by adding this corporate high-rise adjacent to their existing headquarters building. They sought to achieve a bold and sophisticated image through the building design.

BBS Approach:
The sculptural expression was developed to take advantage of the building’s location within the skyline. Viewed from the west, the angled roof acts to counter the gradual decline of heights from north to south along the downtown skyline. Viewed from the south, the higher tower face establishes a strong figural identity for the EMC complex.

Project Results:

  • 430,000 SF expansion
  • 20-story office tower plus three-story support facility
  • Addition of three new skywalks
  • Two-level underground parking facility
  • Sophisticated cladding technology
  • Cutting-edge mechanical/electrical system
  • Advanced energy-conservation design:
    • Thermal storage
    • Low temperature air distribution
    • High-efficiency (R-7) windows

Industry Recognition:

  • When constructed, the EMC tower was the largest US installation of innovative “rainscreen” system
  • Awarded First Place in regional technology by the American Society of Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
Minnesota Farm Bureau Center
Common Ground - Coffee Shop
College of Human Sciences
ETRC Howe Hall
Hub Tower Elevator Modernization
Iowa Events Center
Sabin Hall Renovation – LEED Gold
ABC - Office Build-Out
Coover Hall Infrastructure Study
Executive Suites Renovation
Union Drive Community Center Renovations
Kemin Food Sciences Lab Renovation
Extension 4-H Youth Building
Covered Walkway
Wyoming Farm Bureau Center
LeBaron Hall Replacement Study
Utah Farm Bureau Center
Biological Sciences Facility
MacKay Hall Auditorium Renovation
219 Eighth Street
Hub Tower Office Tenant Improvement
Hub Tower Conference Center
Camp Dodge Pool Campus Improvements
Iowa City Federal Building - VHA Renovations
Dodge House Renovations
Office Renovation
Geoffroy Residence Hall
Hospital Emergency Room Renovation & Expansion
VRAC C6 and Office Suite
Beardshear Hall Remodeling
Lied Recreation Center - New Heating Water Plant
Reid “E” Research Facility
Arizona Farm Bureau Center
Food Sciences Building - Room 2379 Renovation
IADA Office Renovation
Corporate Headquarters Renovation
ETRC Hoover Hall
Home Office Building with Expansion
Levitt Center for University Advancement
Lance and Ellie's Sandwich Shop
DSM Airport Energy Effiency Improvements
Memorial Union Food Court
Parking Garage
Camp Dodge Chapel Addition and Renovation
Science Center - New Facility
New Office
Ames Lab Metals Development Air Handling Unit Replacement
Catholic Pastoral Center Rehabilitation
BBS at 219 8th Street
© 2024 BBS Architects | engineers, All rights reserved.