Des Moines Plastic Surgery & Coachlight Clinic Spa

Project Information

  • Owner

    D&B Development

  • Location

    West Des Moines, IA

  • Architect

    RDG Planning & Design

  • General Contractor

    PDC Partners

  • Engineer

    Baker Group

  • Square Footage


  • Year Completed


David Robbins, MD, FACS, Iowa’s only quadruple board-certified plastic surgeon, is laser-focused on providing the highest quality cosmetic services, procedures and results through his practice, Des Moines Plastic Surgery (DMPS). His Iowa values, client relationships and outcomes have earned him membership in the Allergan Black Diamond Partnership Program, which is comprised of the nation’s top 1 percent of plastic surgeons.

New construction project delivers high-end results.

In addition to accommodating a growing client base, Des Moines Plastic Surgery’s new facility dramatically expands client access to high-end cosmetic services through both the medical practice and its new Coachlight Clinic & Spa. The Spa offers a one-of-a-kind, resort-like environment offering nonsurgical treatments designed to promote health and wellbeing. Two adjoining tenant spaces are available for additional health and wellness services.

“Des Moines Plastic Surgery and Coachlight Clinic & Spa are all about aesthetics. This facility reflects that top to bottom – it creates a high-end experience for clients,” says Brandon Hummel, Project Manager for Baker Group, which provided building information modeling (BIM) and preconstruction services, prefabrication, HVAC, sheet metal, plumbing and piping.

Mechanical Systems: Helping create the client experience

Every detail throughout the facility was selected for its ability to elevate clients’ experience, including the mechanical systems. Baker Group designed and built:

  • “Invisible” mechanical systems. To avoid detracting from the visual experience, mechanical systems are hidden in a two-story room directly behind a two-store feature wall in the lobby. “Our service techs can walk behind this wall, into the mechanical room and onto the rooftop and never be seen,” Hummel says.
  • Ventilation systems to support diverse functions. The building’s HVAC is provided by a roof-mounted variable air volume (VAV) unit. Baker Group compartmentalized the system to provide the right amount of pressurization and air exhaust to various spaces throughout the facility. Operating rooms, for example, are ventilated to eliminate dust particles. Rooms in which odor-producing procedures are performed, such as hair or tattoo removal, quickly exhaust and bring in fresh air.
  • Exceptional comfort and efficiency. Among its energy-conserving features, the HVAC system incorporates an energy recovery wheel, which – in addition to meeting the building’s high exhaust/ventilation demands – transfers the temperature and humidity of exhaust air to incoming outdoor air. Baker Group also installed radiant-floor heat in locker rooms and spas. The HVAC system uses high-efficiency natural gas boilers and pumps with Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs). All mechanical systems are easy for tenants to tie into.
  • Web-based building automation system (BAS). Baker Group installed a BAS system that allows the owner to use a web-based system to monitor and adjust the HVAC systems for optimum comfort and energy efficiency.

“The entire Des Moines Plastic Surgery and Coachlight Clinic & Spa project is a great example of a design-build at work. The themes of aesthetics and a top-of-the-line experience were integrated into the design from the moment the first lines were put to paper,” Hummel says.

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