Des Moines, IA - On July 20, 2010 a Neumann Brothers, Inc. official was on hand to celebrate the opening of a new glass enclosed elevator (with glass sides, top and bottom) at the Des Moines Art Center.
The new ADA access elevator was built by Neumann Brothers and designed by local architect firm HLKB. Local supplier, Quality Manufacturing fabricated the steel and glass support materials. An innovative aspect of the project was that it used Building Information Modeling (BIM) to detail, coordinate and help produce the steel structure, glass supports and glass panels.
Neumann Brothers Project Manager Kevin W. Clemens, PE, spoke of the project's significance. "There were a number of reasons this project was unique," he said. "We partnered with a local supplier and we used BIM to aid in the design of the all-glass elevator. It's probably the only one I'll ever build in my career."
The elevator is located adjacent to the education entrance of the Art Center, which is part of the original Eliel Saarinen building and is on the national register of historic places. Because of this designation, careful consideration of the historic nature of the building provided a unique opportunity to work with the State Historic Preservation Office to ensure that appropriate measures were taken in the elevator's design and construction.
The opening of the elevator is Phase II of a larger capital project funded through the Hands On Des Moines campaign. Phase I, also completed by Neumann, included the renovation of the parking lot and construction of a new promenade and entrance.
Neumann Brothers, Inc. is a general contractor in Des Moines, Iowa specializing in pre-construction and construction services including new construction, historical restoration and renovation, tenant improvements, industrial and millwright services and design-build construction. Neumann Brothers will celebrate their 100th anniversary in 2012.