Business & Industry

Dallas County Training Center for Excellence

Adel, IA

INVISION was commissioned by MidAmerican Energy Company to design a new 143,000sf facility for company-wide training, to accommodate a wide range of electrical and gas delivery programs. Located in rural Iowa, the facility needed to make a bold statement for the client, but also settle into the surrounding agricultural context.

The client had specific guidelines for spaces, including a 50-foot clearance in the Pole Training Arena. The design incorporated viewing portals into every lab and training arena on the main level. These portals were trimmed in corporate red powder-coated steel plates to provide wayfinding queues, accent the space, and act as a subtle nod to the brand. A common feature of the interior design included corporate branding throughout the space to remind employees of the company’s Core Principles. A large break room placed near the front entry offers access to an enclosed patio for employees to step away and connect with nature via a glass overhead door.

The Dallas County Training Center for Excellence is an important asset for the client, as well as an elegant and artistic architectural solution that uses the building itself as an educational device.

Jason DeVries
Managing Architect

From the onset, this project carried lofty expectations as the newest addition to the client’s corporate asset portfolio. The team began by gathering programming data, conducted end-user interviews, and worked closely with leadership to understand project drivers. The facility and program were new to the client, so early efforts were rooted in sharing our knowledge and expertise in similar program types.

The design schedule was fast paced and included pricing exercises at the end of each phase. The team produced construction documents in a scheduled five-package release over six months. The first bid package, released four months after project kickoff, included all underground civil and structural scope. Packages over the next two months included structural framing, exterior design and finishes, site development, and interior finishes. Our team structure enabled members to lead specific aspects of the design and to be responsible for coordinating all elements with the broader project.

The design team worked to deploy a consistent theme of durability, adaptability and branded cohesiveness to every design decision and material selection. The facility stands as a pinnacle asset for the client serving as the only training facility of its kind in the surrounding region.