Des Moines University - Student Education Center

Project Information

  • Owner

    Des Moines University

  • Location

    Des Moines, IA

  • Architect

    Design Build Solutions

  • General Contractor

    Neumann Brothers

  • Engineer

    Baker Group

  • Square Footage


  • Baker Group Scope

    Mechanical Cost - $3,400,000

  • Year Completed


The Student Education Center houses many different functions for the University which include: kitchen, cafeteria, dining rooms, 400 seat auditorium, library, bookstore, temperature and humidity controlled rare books room, open and private study areas, private offices, wellness center including running track, basketball courts free weights, exercise machine area, locker and shower areas.  Additionally the building is joined with tunnels or connecting links to all University buildings.

The mechanical system includes one central VAV AHU which serves all areas of the facility except for the kitchen and dining areas.  This is served by a VAV AHU to exclusively serve this area to control food aromas.  Heating is provided through hot water provided from a new central plant with high efficiency boilers which serve the new Student Education Center along with the Student Education Building and the parking ramp support area. Cooling is provided through two air cooled chillers. The chilled water system is controlled by variable frequency drives for energy conservation.

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