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.