One of our projects, Urban Eyecare & Eyewear, is currently featured on Midcoast Design Record: http://www.midcoastrecord.com/urbansubstance. The unique details on this project made it a really fun job to complete.
Through the years I have noticed the positive effect of investing in a designer or architect when planning a new office or retail space. The opinions and ideas of these professionals can assist in obtaining the visual impact that is desired.
The use of asbestos in building materials was banned after 1978. Asbestos is an environmental concern and needs to be abated. If you are thinking of remodeling or purchasing a home built prior to 1976 you should consider having an environmental study done.
All high rise construction in Des Moines, as of June 1 2017, is required to a have third party special inspection on all fire proofing.
During the design phase of a project I would suggest having a pre-application meeting with the city so that your permit process goes smoothly. They will inform you of new code applications & design requirements.