Health & Wellness

Des Moines University Clinics & Academic Center

Des Moines, IA

Des Moines University needed a fast turn-around to update office and clinic space. An efficient Discovery process revealed that a renovation of several spaces on campus was needed to better align with the patient care and learning environments DMU was providing. Dividing the project into phases minimized impacts on the university’s operations while delivering the most value in the short time frame.

Full-floor renovations in the clinic tower holding multiple departments included:

  • Floors 1 & 5: Academic Center
  • Floor 6: Foot & Ankle Clinic
  • Floor 7: Behavioral Health Clinic
  • Floors 8 & 9: Osteopathic Manual Medicine Clinic & Physical Therapy

INVISION worked closely with DMU’s executive leadership team to shift from traditional office design to a more open, collaborative space with plenty of natural daylight. The renovated spaces in the clinic tower were designed to provide welcoming, safe, motivating, and accessible spaces while focusing on inclusivity features like gender-neutral restrooms.

Office standards and finish standards were developed on these projects to be utilized for future work. Consistency in materials and efficient wayfinding also brought a cohesive look and feel to the various spaces. Integrating natural light, modern finishes, and pops of DMU branding enhanced the welcoming feel throughout campus.

Heidi Willis
Project Coordinator

We utilized full scale mock-ups and project tours to help the strategic team make decisions quickly and efficiently throughout the design process. Consistency in material pallet and efficient wayfinding brought a cohesive look and feel to the spaces touched on campus. Working with DMU was a perfect blend of two markets INVISION is very passionate about — Education and Health and Wellness.