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Last Updated 06/16/2022 11:57 AM
Project Title

East Village Mixed-Use Building

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City, State (County) Des Moines, IA 50309   (Polk County)
Category(s) Commercial, Entertainment/Recreation, Residential
Sub-Category(s) Apartments/Condominiums, Fitness Center, Retail, Swimming Pool(s)
Contracting Method Bids by Invitation.
Project Status Design Development, Construction Start Expected August 2022, Construction Completion Expected March 2023
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Estimated Value $21,260,000
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Description The Lab apartments, which will be among tallest buildings in East Village, OK'd by Des Moines council The Des Moines City Council approved a plan Monday for a 75-foot-tall apartment complex that will be one of the tallest buildings in the East Village. Des Moines developer Heart of America Group proposed the $21.26 million apartment building known as The Lab after it purchased the 0.82 acre site at 317 E. 6th St. in 2017. The height of the building is the maximum allowed under the East Village's zoning code and will still allow views of the Iowa Capitol. "We've been fantasizing about what great views you'd have on those upper floors -- of both the downtown and the Capitol," Mike Whalen, Heart of America Group president and CEO, said previously. "We're just real fans of the whole East Village and the continued demand for people wanting to live there because it's cool." Heart of America Group owns five office buildings in the East Village and built the AC Hotel at 401 E. Grand Ave., where it also owns and operates the top floor restaurant. The Lab will be its first multifamily development in downtown Des Moines. More:Mixed-use building The Lab will be one of the tallest in Des Moines' East Village There will be 110 units, with an average of 19 units on its residential floors. Each apartment will have a washer and dryer, 9-foot-tall ceilings and its own outdoor space. The seventh floor will have fewer, but larger, premium units. Heart of America Group committed to making 11 units eligible for an affordable housing program, according to a memo sent to council members. A pool on the second floor will be visible from Walnut Street. About 4,000 square feet of commercial space will be on the ground level, primarily along East 6th Street. "We want it to be something that the folks living in The Lab would say, 'Hey, that's a nice thing to have down there,'" Whalen said previously. Heart of America Group plans a seven-story mixed-use building at the northeast corner of East Sixth and East Walnut streets. It will be called The Lab. Construction is expected to begin this summer and be complete in late 2023. Philip Joens covers public safety, city government and RAGBRAI for the Des Moines Register. He can be reached at 515-443-3347 at or on Twitter @Philip_Joens. ________________ Plans call for the construction of a mixed-use building with residential and commercial space. As of June 2022, the Des Moines City Council has approved the plans for this development. The owner will serve as the architect and general contractor. Information regarding subcontractor bidding opportunities has not been released. Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2022 and end in early 2023.


Retail, New Construction, Fitness Center, New Construction, Apartments/Condominiums, 7 Stories Above Grade, New Construction, 110 Unit(s).
Division 01 - General Requirements, Construction Facilities, Field Offices and Sheds, Sanitary Facilities, Construction Aids, Temporary Scaffolding and Platforms.
Division 03 - Concrete, Concrete Forming and Accessories, Concrete Forming, Concrete Accessories, Concrete Reinforcing, Cast-in-Place Concrete, Structural Concrete, Concrete Finishing, Precast Concrete, Precast Structural Concrete, Site-Cast Concrete.
Division 04 - Masonry, Unit Masonry.
Division 05 - Metals, Structural Metal Framing, Structural Steel Framing, Structural Steel for Buildings, Steel Joist Framing.
Division 06 - Wood, Plastics, and Composites, Rough Carpentry, Finish Carpentry, Millwork, Architectural Woodwork, Architectural Wood Casework.
Division 07 - Thermal and Moisture Protection, Dampproofing and Waterproofing, Sheet Metal Waterproofing, Thermal Protection, Thermal Insulation, Weather Barriers, Built-Up Bituminous Roofing, Flashing and Sheet Metal, Joint Sealants.
Division 08 - Openings, Doors and Frames, Metal Doors and Frames, Metal Frames, Metal Doors, Wood Doors, Plastic Doors, Special Function Doors, Cold Storage Doors, Panel Doors, Sectional Doors, Entrances and Storefronts, Entrances, Automatic Entrances, Sliding Automatic Entrances, Windows, Hardware, Door Hardware, Glazing, Mirrors, Louvers and Vents.
Division 09 - Finishes, Plaster and Gypsum Board, Gypsum Board, Tiling, Ceilings, Acoustical Ceilings, Flooring, Specialty Flooring, Carpeting, Acoustic Treatment, Painting and Coating, Painting, Exterior Painting, Interior Painting, Special Coatings, Cementitious Coatings.
Division 10 - Specialties, Signage, Telephone Specialties, Compartments and Cubicles, Toilet Compartments, Toilet, Bath, and Laundry Accessories, Fire Protection Specialties, Fire Protection Cabinets, Fire Extinguishers, Lockers, Storage Assemblies, Metal Storage Shelving.
Division 11 - Equipment, Loading Dock Equipment, Residential Equipment, Residential Appliances, Athletic Equipment, Exercise Equipment.
Division 12 - Furnishings, Casework, Rugs and Mats, Office Furniture, Site Furnishings, Trash and Litter Receptacles.
Division 13 - Special Construction, Swimming Pools, Recirculating Gutter Systems, Swimming Pool Accessories, Swimming Pool Cleaning Equipment, Special Activity Rooms, Athletic Rooms.
Division 21 - Fire Suppression, Instrumentation and Control for Fire-Suppression Systems, Fire-Extinguishing Systems.
Division 22 - Plumbing, Instrumentation and Control for Plumbing, Plumbing Piping, Facility Water Distribution, Plumbing Equipment, Plumbing Fixtures, Residential Plumbing Fixtures, Commercial Plumbing Fixtures, Drinking Fountains and Water Coolers, Pool and Fountain Plumbing Systems, Swimming Pool Plumbing Systems.
Division 23 - Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC), HVAC Insulation, Instrumentation and Control for HVAC, HVAC Piping and Pumps, HVAC Air Distribution, Central HVAC Equipment.
Division 26 - Electrical, Instrumentation and Control for Electrical Systems, Power Distribution Units, Lighting, Interior Lighting, Emergency Lighting, Exit Signs, Special Purpose Lighting, Underwater Lighting, Exterior Lighting, Lighting Poles and Standards, Parking Lighting, Area Lighting, Site Lighting, Flood Lighting.
Division 27 - Communications, Structured Cabling, Data Communications, Voice Communications, Audio-Video Communications, Distributed Audio-Video Communications Systems, Paging Systems.
Division 28 - Electronic Safety and Security, Electronic Access Control and Intrusion Detection, Access Control, Electronic Surveillance, Video Surveillance, Electronic Detection and Alarm, Fire Detection and Alarm.
Division 31 - Earthwork, Site Clearing, Clearing and Grubbing, Earth Moving, Grading, Excavation and Fill, Earthwork Methods, Soil Treatment.
Division 32 - Exterior Improvements, Bases, Ballasts, and Paving, Flexible Paving, Asphalt Paving, Rigid Paving, Concrete Paving, Curbs, Gutters, Sidewalks, and Driveways, Paving Specialties, Parking Bumpers, Pavement Markings, Fences and Gates, Irrigation, Planting Irrigation, Planting, Turf and Grasses.
Division 33 - Utilities, Water Utilities, Sanitary Sewerage Utilities, Storm Drainage Utilities, Electrical Utilities, Communications Utilities.

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