Photo Credit: Bill Adams

ESO Solutions

OPN Architects

ESO, a technology company providing data collection services to fire departments across the US, engaged OPN Architects to fit-out their new office at the corner of 8th and Locust in Des Moines. The three-story, largely below-grade volume once housed the original printing press for the Des Moines Register and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Design drivers included access to natural light, and integration of technology with the fabric of the historic printing press elements, all while introducing thematic industry elements.

Throughout design, it was critical that the volume remained open to allow views and light to pour into the open office and collaboration spaces below. A new mezzanine wraps around the edge of the space, accommodating ESO’s plan for growth, in addition to creating a street-level entrance.

Embracing the original architecture, in-floor cut outs revealing original rail tracks were maintained as red way-finding paths; the lighting strategy leverages the existing truss system, once used for moving paper through the press. A fire truck purchased at an auction is featured throughout the space. Most prominently, the front of the engine is featured atop of a large open social stair that doubles as meeting and collaboration space.

General Information

Location: 717 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309

SQFT: 24490

Project Type: Remodel

Building Type(s): commercial

Project Complete Date: December 2018

Project Cost: $1,145,600.00

People Involved

Firm: OPN Architects

Engineer: Raker Rhodes Engineering

Photographer: Bill Adams

Design Build MEPT: Waldinger