"K-12 education is a rapidly changing industry. FRK has the proven experience and creative vision to design a school facility today that will meet the flexibility of facility use tomorrow. In addition to being visionary architects, they bring many team qualities to the planning table, such as strong school construction knowledge, good listening skills, flexibility, patience, strong organization, and leadership. FRK has played a key role at Norwalk in shaping the future of our school district."
Kate Baldwin
Business Manager
Norwalk Schools
"I have had the privilege of working with FRK on an almost continuous basis for over 20 years and probably have more right than anyone to state what a great group of individuals they have been to work with. They work very hard on behalf of all Owners to provide a high quality building that meets the needs of the Owners, instead of designing a building as a landmark for themselves. Without any hesitation, I would recommend FRK to any future building owner."
Don Foster, P.E.
Vice President
Farris Engineering
"The Clinton School District started our relationship with FRK over seven years ago and has completed multiple building projects with them. I have found FRK to be a very professional company. They do a wonderful job listening to all stakeholders of the District in regards to concerns and ideas."
Gregg Cornilsen
Director of Plant Services
Clinton Community School District
"After years of experience working alongside FRK as a consultant, I can say without a doubt that FRK is first class in all areas. FRK is professional, creative, knowledgeable, easy to communicate with, and they always provide high quality work that the entire team can be proud of. I have found that FRK's Architects pay meticulous attention to the details during construction and use their well thought out construction administration process to make sure that all facets of the project meet and exceed the owner's expectations."
David Bentz, P.E.
Vice President
Bishop Engineering Co., Inc.
"K-12 education is a rapidly changing industry. FRK has the proven experience and creative vision to design a school facility today that will meet the flexibility of facility use tomorrow. In addition to being visionary architects, they bring many team qualities to the planning table, such as strong school construction knowledge, good listening skills, flexibility, patience, strong organization, and leadership. FRK has played a key role at Norwalk in shaping the future of our school district."
Kate Baldwin
Business Manager
Norwalk Schools
"I have had the privilege of working with FRK on an almost continuous basis for over 20 years and probably have more right than anyone to state what a great group of individuals they have been to work with. They work very hard on behalf of all Owners to provide a high quality building that meets the needs of the Owners, instead of designing a building as a landmark for themselves. Without any hesitation, I would recommend FRK to any future building owner."
Don Foster, P.E.
Vice President
Farris Engineering
"The Clinton School District started our relationship with FRK over seven years ago and has completed multiple building projects with them. I have found FRK to be a very professional company. They do a wonderful job listening to all stakeholders of the District in regards to concerns and ideas."
Gregg Cornilsen
Director of Plant Services
Clinton Community School District
"After years of experience working alongside FRK as a consultant, I can say without a doubt that FRK is first class in all areas. FRK is professional, creative, knowledgeable, easy to communicate with, and they always provide high quality work that the entire team can be proud of. I have found that FRK's Architects pay meticulous attention to the details during construction and use their well thought out construction administration process to make sure that all facets of the project meet and exceed the owner's expectations."
David Bentz, P.E.
Vice President
Bishop Engineering Co., Inc.

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Newton CSD Approves 5-8 Middle School Design
Friday, November 4, 2016
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The Newton Community School District approved frk's design of a new 5-8 Middle School project at their November 1st school board meeting. As the final piece in a complete grade re-configuration for Newton schools, the new 5-8 building is planned to replace an aging structure originally built in 1963. The 163,000 square foot facility will accommodate up to 1,000 students and is organized into 8 learning communities with related arts, athletics, and commons distributed throughout the facility. frk is proud to be part of this exciting project for the Newton community!

John Darveau, AIA, ALEP, Earns Accredited Learning Environment Designation
Thursday, October 6, 2016
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frk architects + engineers is proud to announce John Darveau has received the Accredited Learning Environment Planner (ALEP) designation - a mark of excellence developed to reflect the knowledge, skills and abilities of an expert educational facility planner.  The ALEP credential was designed to elevate professional standards and identify those in educational design who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of educational facility planning.
John completed the requirements for this accreditation through San Diego State University and the Association for Learning Environments.  The Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) is the only professional organization whose principal purpose is improving the places where students learn.  A4LE embraces a diverse group of professionals with one single goal – building healthy, safe, high performance and sustainable learning environments that enhance student and teacher performance and support culture and community vitality. 
John is one of only two ALEP professionals in the state of Iowa and having him as part of the frk team is a unique resource for our educational clients.   To learn more about how educational facility planning can help your community, contact us at 515-223-5100 or frk@frk-ae.com.

frk architects + engineers is proud to announce John Darveau has received the Accredited Learning Environment Planner (ALEP) designation - a mark of excellence developed to reflect the knowledge, skills and abilities of an expert educational facility planner.  The ALEP credential was designed to elevate professional standards and identify those in educational design who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of educational facility planning.

John completed the requirements for this accreditation through San Diego State University and the Association for Learning Environments.  The Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) is the only professional organization whose principal purpose is improving the places where students learn.  A4LE embraces a diverse group of professionals with one single goal – building healthy, safe, high performance and sustainable learning environments that enhance student and teacher performance and support culture and community vitality. 

John is one of only two ALEP professionals in the state of Iowa and having him as part of the frk team is a unique resource for our educational clients.   To learn more about how educational facility planning can help your community, contact us at 515-223-5100 or frk@frk-ae.com.


frk seeking Architect / Intern Architect
Monday, September 19, 2016
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Architect / Intern Architect

frk architects + engineers is seeking an intern or recently licensed Architect to join our professional staff.  frk provides architecture, structural engineering and interior design services for educational and commercial clients.  We take pride in being dedicated partners who share a common goal of helping our clients realize their vision.

The ideal candidate would have a professional architectural degree with 3-5 years of experience and either recently licensed or dedicated to pursuing licensure.   Desired skills include knowledge of building technology and construction, and proficiency in Revit and SketchUp.  Responsibilities include design, production of construction documents, shop drawing review and project coordination.

frk provides a competitive salary and benefits package with a collaborative and engaging work culture. If you enjoy working in a progressive environment with other creative problem solvers, please submit your resume for consideration to:

Annette Dotts, Chief Operating Officer

frk architects + engineers, pc
2600 Westown Parkway, Suite 340
West Des Moines, IA 50266
adotts@frk-ae.com

Congratulations Rachelle!
Monday, June 6, 2016
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All of us at frk would like to congratulate our colleague, Rachelle Hines, on passing her architectural licensing exam!    Rachelle is now an official licensed architect in the State of Iowa.    Achieving this is no small feat, and we are very proud of her dedication and hard work in accomplishing it.    Please join us in congratulating Rachelle on her new title, Project Architect!

Designing with CANS!
Thursday, April 14, 2016
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frk architects + engineers recently participated in "CANstruction" at Valley West Mall.  This annual event is a fundraiser for the Food Bank of Iowa sponsored by American Institute of Architects, where local design firms compete in creating structures made from food cans.   This year's theme was "Back To The Past" with each team being assigned a decade.  frk's decade was the 1920’s and we chose to create an image of Charlie Chaplin using tuna cans.    

Our team had a great time and were awarded “Best Use of Labels”!   Click on the video below to see frk in action….make sure to have your volume on for the full effect.  Also a big THANK YOU to all of our sponsors who helped make this possible.

frk project featured in Design Cost Data magazine
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
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Design Cost Data is featuring Waukee CSD’s Timberline School in their March/April 2016 magazine issue.  frk architects + engineers is proud to have been the architect leading the design team for this important project within the Waukee community.  Please click on the attached link to view the article: http://www.dcd.com/current_pub.html#1

frk Sponsors School-to-Work Program
Monday, February 15, 2016
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frk is excited to have Steele Harter, a senior at Waukee High School, in our office during the afternoons for the winter/spring semester.   Steele is a very talented young man with an ambition to study architecture next year.  As part of the “School-to-Work” program with the Waukee School District, Steele is getting involved in many aspects of the work we do in our office.  His excellent computer drafting and rendering skills make him a strong asset and give him a head start for college coursework next fall.

Iowa Association of School Boards Convention
Thursday, November 19, 2015
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Thank you to everyone who dropped by frk's booth at the IASB Convention!   It was great visiting with school administrators and board members about their district facilities and prospective needs.  Iowa school district’s come in all shapes and sizes and frk asked convention participants to finish the sentence “I want my school to….” .    As you can see in the photo, we received a variety of ideas which made for some great discussion.   

Brian Volunteers for ACE Mentor Program
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
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This fall, Brian Bartlett, our Structural Engineer, is participating in his third year as a mentor for the Ankeny High School's ACE Mentor Program.  The ACE mentor program engages high school students who are interested in a career within the Architectural, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) fields by forming a design team to work on a mock project.  This year, the team’s project is to design a new Boat House for the Des Moines Rowing Club near the Birdland Marina.  Students will meet with their mentors on a weekly basis from November through March, culminating in a final Presentation/Awards ceremony.  In discussing the ACE program, Brian shares “it is a great opportunity to really show the students what our profession is like and how much teamwork goes into the design of a building project.  It’s great to see the students really engage in the project and make it their own.”

Summer Student Intern
Thursday, June 25, 2015
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We are very pleased to have Ava Torres in our office this summer as part of the Iowa State University's "Science Bound" program.  Ava is a Sophomore at Hoover High School in Des Moines and will spend about two days a week learning about the field of architecture by experiencing firsthand what we do here at frk.  While not on the field playing softball for Hoover or in the pool on the synchronized swimming team, Ava is hard at work in her studies as she considers a career in architecture.  We hope you have an opportunity to meet Ava while she is here for the summer.  Welcome Ava!


frk welcomes Claire Sloan
Friday, June 19, 2015
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frk is pleased to announce the addition of Claire Sloan to our firm as an Interior Designer.  Claire is a 2012 graduate of Iowa State University and we are certain her creativity will provide our clients with a valuable service in the design of their interior spaces.   Claire brings many fresh ideas to the table and her collaboration skills are appreciated by everyone in the office.  She also loves to read, bake, and is a big Seinfeld fan.  Please join us in welcoming Claire to our team!

Johnston High School Update
Thursday, June 18, 2015
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The new Johnston High School continues to make great progress.  Stahl Construction took this aerial picture of the site with a drone on June 16th.   Nice shot!

John Darveau joins frk
Friday, April 3, 2015
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It is with great enthusiasm that we announce John Darveau has joined frk as a Project Architect.  John is a licensed architect with 26 years of experience and we are confident his broad range of design skills and leadership abilities will provide the quality of service frk is committed to providing each of our clients.  Please join us in welcoming John to our team!

frk Participates in CANstruction
Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Each year AIA Iowa invites local design firms to participate in CANstruction, a design challenge to build structures made from canned food items.    Teams spend a morning building their structures at the Science Center of Iowa where they are judged and then left on display for the public to enjoy.   Once the structures come down a week later, all the food is boxed up and donated to the local food bank.  frk employees chose to participate in this event as one of our 2015 community service projects.

The CANstruction theme this year was “A Night at the Movies.”    We decided to build an old fashioned box of popcorn, because what is a night at the movies without buttered popcorn!    Our box of popcorn stood over 6 feet tall and ended up using over 2,000 cans of food.  The build titled “You Butter Assault Hunger” allowed frk employees to contribute to the community while also having some fun together.  

In addition to the frk employees who donated their time and talent, we would like to also thank several of our professional colleagues who provided monetary contributions:  Alvine Engineering, Beeline + Blue, Bishop Engineering, Farris Engineering, HyVee Food Stores, KCL Engineering, Morrissey Engineering, and Raker Rhodes Engineering. 

New Johnston High School Construction is underway
Friday, March 13, 2015
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The Johnston High School project is up and out of the ground. The precast panels at the stage are 68’ tall, likely the tallest precast panels ever erected on a project in Iowa.  The building should be fully enclosed by next winter with as many as 50 construction workers on site each day to move things along.  For an aerial view of the site visit Stahl Construction’s website and look for their Youtube link.  With solid partnerships between the contractors, owner, and design team the project has gotten off to a great start!

frk welcomes Vassil Petrov
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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frk is pleased to announce that Vassil Petrov has joined the firm as a Project Architect.  Continuing our commitment to providing our clients with excellent architectural services, we are excited about the skills and talent Vassil brings to frk.  Vassil is a licensed architect with 15 years of experience and will be a great addition to our team.  

Middle School Open House
Friday, November 14, 2014
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Clinton Community Schools recently held an open house and ribbon cutting for the much anticipated opening of their new Middle School.  Formerly housed in two aging buildings, this new facility brings together the middle school students from across the district to one site, fostering collaboration amongst students and staff alike.  frk architects + engineers was privileged to have the opportunity to partner with the district on this unique and important project.

Pam celebrates 10 years at frk
Friday, November 14, 2014
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Every time you call frk or stop in our office, you are greeted by our warm and welcoming Administrative Assistant Pam Lovell.   For 10 years Pam has been the first friendly face you encounter at frk.  Not only does she treat our clients, contractors and consultants with grace and excellent service, but she provides invaluable support for our staff--always professional and always with a smile.  Next time you stop in the office wish her congratulations!

frk Community Service
Saturday, November 1, 2014
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On November 1st, a day that started out cold, but ended up a beautiful day, frk had another great experience volunteering time for the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity.  Volunteers began the day by sealing and insulating the interior of the house and installing exterior siding.  They finished the day by completing minor interior framing and helping to install the railings on the front porch.  Aside from helping construct the house, volunteers were able to meet the future owners and work with their family members throughout the day.   If all goes as planned, the family should be in their new home by the holidays.

Pictured below are volunteers from the day and the Habitat family purchasing the home:  

 
Annette Dotts promoted to Chief Operating Officer!
Monday, October 6, 2014
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frk architects + engineers is pleased to announce Annette Dotts has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer.  With nearly 30 years of experience with frk, Annette exemplifies the type of team member our firm is made of.  She approaches each day with a smile and positive attitude, with client satisfaction as top priority.

 Although Annette never hesitates to lend a hand wherever needed, her focus will be on the day to day operations of the firm as well as firm promotion and strategic planning with the partners.  Please join us in congratulating Annette on her well deserved promotion.

 
Johnston High School Groundbreaking
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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The official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Johnston High School took place on site September 8th. Although weather threatened to put a damper on the festivities, an enthusiastic crowd of students, administrators, board members, and the community were all on hand to witness this historic event.

Participation by the students symbolized the impact this new school will have in shaping the lives of each young person within the Johnston district for generations to come.  All of us at frk are excited construction is underway and look forward to working with Stahl Construction on such a vital project for the community.  

 
SERT Open House
Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Iowa Lakes Community College recently opened their new Sustainable Energy Resources & Technologies building with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house.  Dignitaries from across the state, as well as business partners from as far away as Germany were in attendance to commemorate the event.  This environmentally sensitive and sustainable facility serves to broaden the reach of Iowa Lakes Community College in providing programs to educate future leaders in the field of sustainable energy.  frk architects + engineers was proud to have partnered with the college to design such a unique and impactful facility.

 
Alice Frevert Visits the frk Office
Friday, July 11, 2014
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On a warm summer day, Alice Frevert visited the architectural firm where her husband Dave had worked for over 40 years. Dave Frevert , who passed away in 2001, had been an essential part of the firm’s beginning and is the “F” in frk architects + engineers.  

Hearing of Alice’s desire to visit, we were delighted and wanted to make it special.  It became somewhat of a reunion with Joe Kobes and Jim Egger, retired partners of the firm, joining us.  Planning it during our Friday morning “break”, we shared coffee, cake and stories filled with memories of Dave.  Alice toured the office and all of us reminisced how the firm has evolved and changed.

Eventually Alice announced she needed to go and the rest of us “needed to get back to work.”  Dave would have been proud….

 
FEATURED ARCHITECT
Sunday, June 1, 2014
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frk architects + engineers had the honor of being selected as a "Featured Architect" for the Association of Licensed Architect's Summer 2014 Issue of Licensed Architect. The two-page spread introduces readers to our firm and also highlights five of our recent educational projects. We were also fortunate enough to have an image of one of our projects, Summit Middle School in Johnston, chosen as the issue’s cover page. To read the article please click on the link above - 

 
frk volunteers as Winter Warriors
Thursday, March 13, 2014
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On Saturday, March 1st, an enthusiastic group of frk employees volunteered their time and talent as Winter Warriors for the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity.  With temperatures in the teens, they set up shop in the warehouse and spent the day constructing wall panels and helping to fabricate pieces that will be used on future home builds.  It was a busy day but those who volunteered enjoyed the work and were happy to help out the Habitat community.

The following picture is a partial group shot from the day with Brian Bartlett, Rachelle Hines, Tim Veatch and Dave Briden.

 
frk Announces Tom Wollan as Newest Partner!
Saturday, February 1, 2014
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frk architects + engineers is pleased to announce Tom Wollan as our newest partner. Tom brings with him over 15 years of design experience and leadership, and since joining frk in 2004 has committed to providing our clients with the highest level of service and satisfaction. 

We know Tom for his positive energy, witty sense of humor, and passion for architecture.  Clients know him for his attentiveness, ability to collaborate and engaging design. As a partner, Tom will continue to lead design teams in addition to focusing on the growth and overall development of the firm.   

 
frk celebrates 90 years during the Iowa School Board Convention!
Monday, November 25, 2013
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Thanks to all who stopped by our booth for cake and fun during this years Iowa School Board Convention.

 
Ground Breaking at Indian Hills Community College
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
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On Tuesday October 29th, a ground breaking ceremony and reception was held at the Indian Hills Community College North Campus in Ottumwa for the Regional Business Incubator. The IHCC Regional Business Incubator will serve entrepreneurs throughout the area by housing business start ups.  The Incubator staff will coordinate support services, programs, and resources for business owners. The goal of the program is to grow businesses that will successfully graduate from the Incubator program and locate in the area to strengthen the local economy.  The building is the result of a collaboration between local government, local businesses and the Economic Development Administration.

 
frk Welcomes new Intern - Rachelle Hines
Monday, October 21, 2013
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frk is pleased to welcome Rachelle Hines to our team of talented professionals. Rachelle is joining us as an Intern Architect and will be providing additional support to our project managers and clients.  In addition to completing her Master’s of Architecture from Iowa State University, Rachelle has over 3 years of design experience.  We are very excited to have her as a part of the frk team!

 

 
Briden Completes Ironman!
Monday, September 9, 2013
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September 8, 2013, Dave Briden,
owner of frk architects + engineers finished Ironman Wisconsin in 13 hours 20 minutes.  The Ironman triathlon is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run.  Although some may think this endeavor is crazy, Ironman is more than simply completing the race, it's about the journey: the personal challenge, commitment, perseverance and the determination to achieve your goals.  Qualities that go into every project we do for our clients here at frk.

 
frk recognizes Administrative Professionals Week
Thursday, April 25, 2013
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Every April since 1952, the International Association of Administrative Professionals has honored office workers by sponsoring Administrative Professionals Week. Today, it is one of the largest workplace observances outside of employee birthdays and major holidays. There are more than 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the United States, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, and 8.9 million people working in other various administrative support roles. This week frk is honoring the office professionals who make our office work better. Thank you Annette and Pam!

 
frk architects + engineers receives Silver Award in Educational Design
Thursday, April 25, 2013
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On April 19th frk architects + engineers received the honor of Silver in Educational Design for the work at Waukee High School Media Center and Academic Addition at the 2013 Interior Design Excellence Awards.This is an annual awards competition held by the International Interior Design Association- Great Plains Chapter.

http://www.frk-ae.com/who-we-are/recognition.php

 
Clinton CSD Breaks Ground on New Middle School
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
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With much excitement and anticipation the Clinton CSD broke ground on Tuesday, April 9th, for their new $21 million dollar Middle School. This new facility will serve grades 6-8 in four classroom communities that surround the shared community commons and media center.  The building emphasizes natural daylight and energy efficiency. 

More information from the Clinton Herald: http://clintonherald.com/local/x1916527536/New-schools-future-celebrated

 
frk supports Big Brothers
Monday, March 4, 2013
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On March 1st frk participated in the 2013 Bowl for Kids' Sake fundraiser at Plaza Lanes bowling alley.  Our team was able to raise over $2,000 for the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization through the generous support of colleagues, friends and family.  This money will help Big Brothers Big Sisters recruit and train volunteers who want to mentor kids in our community.   By matching children (“Little”) with adults (“Big”) a one-to-one relationship is created for children who may not have this type of supportive relationship otherwise.  frk is very happy to have been a part of this successful fundraiser.  A big “Thank You” to the following colleagues for supporting our team!


Allender-Butzke Engineers, Inc.
Alvine Engineering
Bishop Engineering Co.
Electronic Sound Co.
Farris Engineering
Garden & Associates

 
frk community service
Monday, October 22, 2012
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On Saturday, October 13th a small but energetic group from frk volunteered for a day of service with Habitat for Humanity.  Our group was part of a neighborhood revitalization effort called “Rock the Block.”  We spent the day helping re-side a home in the ML King Park neighborhood. It was a busy day full of hammering, sawing, and going up and down ladders.  At the end of the day we were all tired and a little achy, but filled with a sense of accomplishment knowing we were able to help out someone less fortunate.  

 
Waukee High School Addition Completed
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
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The largest phenolic panel installation in the Des Moines area is finishing up at the Waukee H.S. Addition and Remodel Project.  These panels consist of thermosetting resins, homogeneously reinforced with wood
based fibers forming a sustainable weather resistant composite cladding panel.  Also included on this project
is a 30’ high by 120’ wide Kalwall installation on the south side of the new Gymnasium.  This addition brought the Waukee H.S. from a 1,200 to an 1,800 student building.

You can see a video of the new Field House here.

 
Clinton Middle School Plan Approved
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
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frk project architect Andrew Reich presented the design development floor plans for the new Clinton Middle School facility to the Clinton School Board Monday evening.  The plan was approved and the project will move forward into construction documents. Read more here.


 
Ottumwa Breaks Ground on New Elementary
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
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Rainy weather did not dampen spirits as the Ottumwa Community School District broke ground on its newest elementary on Tuesday, the first built since 1974. frk has had the privilege of working with Ottumwa Community School District over the past decade on renovations and additions to the majority of the buildings in the district.

Read more here.

 
frk selected as architect for new Johnston High School
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
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frk is pleased to announce the Johnston Community School District has selected our firm in association with Perkins + Will to design a new High School for their district.  We feel our partnership with Perkins + Will, a national award winning architectural firm located in Chicago, provides the Johnston district with a first-rate team.  All of us are looking forward to starting this exciting project!    

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ISU vs. IOWA Football BBQ @ frk
Friday, September 9, 2011
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On September 9th frk employees, dressed in team colors, enjoyed a pre-game BBQ before the big Iowa vs. Iowa State football game.    It was a great time for office camaraderie and Rich Kyras served up some mighty fine burgers!

 
Norwalk Warriors take the field at new stadium
Thursday, September 1, 2011
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On September 1st the Norwalk Community School District held a dedication ceremony for their new athletic stadium designed by frk.  The excitement and enthusiasm of the new facility continued into Friday’s game, when the Norwalk Warriors won their first game on the new field!  The event was covered by a number of local television and radio stations showcasing a stadium the Norwalk community can be proud to call home.    

 
frk and Canstruction at Iowa State Fair
Saturday, August 13, 2011
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frk architects partnered with AIA, Canstruction, and the Food Bank of Iowa at the Iowa State Fair 2011.