Veterans Memorial Building
Cedar Rapids, IA
Originally constructed in 1927, the 110,000 sf Veterans Memorial Building was home to both the Cedar Rapids Veterans Commission and City Hall. The building also features artist Grant Wood's only stained glass window, a 24' high memorial to the country's fallen soldiers. In 2008, nearly 70% of the interior space was destroyed by the massive flood that struck the city. After the flood, City Hall relocated, leaving the severely damaged building to the Veterans Commission.
Our firm was commissioned to restore a number of historic spaces, to mitigate flood damage (including new systems intended to prevent future damage), to modernize the MEP systems, and redesign the building to meet the needs of the Veterans Commission. Today, new functions like physical therapy rooms meet the immediate needs of veteran users, while rentable office, performance, and function spaces help sustain the building financially.
As our firm was quite small, I was involved in all aspects of the project, and was responsible for nearly all of the construction drawings.