News Release

Kum & Go Shares Design for new Downtown Des Moines Headquarters

Krause Gateway Center features abundant natural light and roof garden

June 30, 2015

WEST DES MOINES, IA. – (June 30, 2015) Kum & Go shared today the designs for their new Downtown Des Moines headquarters, Krause Gateway Center, located at 1459 Grand Avenue. The building was designed to provide Kum & Go associates a modern and highly collaborative work environment that offers flexibility for growth in the years to come.

The five-story building is being planned and constructed for LEED certification, and will feature glass prominently on all sides to provide transparency and light throughout the building. The layout was designed to foster collaboration through innovative and unique use of space and light, including outdoor terraces available to Kum & Go associates for flexible work areas.

“Lightness, simplicity and openness are the main concepts expressed in the design,” says Renzo Piano, Renzo Piano Building Workshop founder and architect for the project. “The four vast planes flying over the site will emphasize the lightness and the transparency of the building, and will dialogue with the sculpture park nearby.”

Building highlights include:

  • Natural, abundant light throughout the building
  • Collaborative work environments
  • Outdoor meeting space
  • Rooftop garden
  • Dedicated space for training
  • Multi-purpose room for all-company gatherings and events
  • Fitness room and adjoining locker room
  • Game room
  • Art collection
  • Parking for associates

In addition, the entire plaza surrounding the building will be landscaped and serve as a natural extension of the sculpture park. Additional features include roof overhangs that provide both an artistic element to the building, as well as a functional one by increasing energy efficiency. A “green” roof will also lessen the impact of energy usage and water run-off.

“I’m excited to share the designs with Kum & Go associates and the Des Moines community,” says Krause. “An incredible team of people has been working on this design for many months, and it’s great to be able to share it now with a broader audience.”

Krause announced in 2014 that internationally-recognized architect Renzo Piano Building Workshop had been chosen to design the building. Local architect OPN Architects will provide architectural counsel and construction drawings. Ryan Companies US, Inc., has been selected as the construction partner.

The company expects to break ground in the Fall of 2015, and is targeting an early 2018 completion.

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About Kum & Go, L.C.

For more than 55 years, Kum & Go has been dedicated to the communities it serves, sharing 10 percent of its annual profits with charitable causes. The fifth-largest, privately held and company-operated convenience store chain in the U.S, Kum & Go is an industry pioneer founded on providing exceptional service and delivering more than what customers expect. Established in Hampton, Iowa in 1959, family-owned Kum & Go has since grown to employ more than 4,700 associates across more than 430 stores and 11 states (Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming.