"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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Grant Ragan Elementary featured in Design Cost Data magazine
Friday, July 7, 2017
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Design Cost Data magazine is featuring Waukee Comunity School District's Grant Ragan Elementary School in their July/August 2017 issue. Please click on the PDF link above to view the article.

Hannah - our newest member of the frk team!
Monday, June 5, 2017
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We are happy to announce Hannah Hillyard has joined the frk team as an intern architect.   Hannah recently graduated from Iowa State University’s architectural program and we are excited she is beginning her career at frk!    With her ability to contribute to both the design process and production of drawings, she will be a valuable member of the frk team.  Please join us in welcoming Hannah!     

CANstruction 2017 - We CAN Water the World
Friday, June 2, 2017
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frk architects + engineers had a great time participating in the 20th Anniversary of CANstruction.   This annual event is a fundraiser for the Food Bank of Iowa sponsored by the American Institute of Architects.   Working with the theme “Innovations to End Hunger”, we sculptured an old-fashioned farm pump which is pumping water out into a map of the world – of course it is made 100% out of canned food (approximately 2,200 cans).   frk was pleased to earn the award for “Best Use of Labels” and we’d like to say THANK YOU to all of our sponsors who helped make this possible!

frk architects + engineers had a great time participating in the 20th Anniversary of CANstruction.   This annual event is a fundraiser for the Food Bank of Iowa sponsored by the American Institute of Architects.   Working with the theme “Innovations to End Hunger”, we sculptured an old-fashioned farm pump which is pumping water out into a map of the world – of course it is made 100% out of canned food (approximately 2,200 cans).   frk was pleased to earn the award for “Best Use of Labels” and we’d like to say THANK YOU to all of our sponsors who helped make this possible!
                Alvine Engineering                           Morrissey Engineering
                Bishop Engineering                         Raker Rhodes Engineering
                Bluestone Engineering                   Snyder & Associates 
                Farris Engineering                            Stahl Construction
                HyVee – Urbandale                     frk architects + engineers had a great time participating in the 20th Anniversary of CANstruction.   This annual event is a fundraiser for the Food Bank of Iowa sponsored by the American Institute of Architects.   Working with the theme “Innovations to End Hunger”, we sculptured an old-fashioned farm pump which is pumping water out into a map of the world – of course it is made 100% out of canned food (approximately 2,200 cans).   frk was pleased to earn the award for “Best Use of Labels” and we’d like to say THANK YOU to all of our sponsors who helped make this possible!

                Alvine Engineering                           Morrissey Engineering

                Bishop Engineering                         Raker Rhodes Engineering

                Bluestone Engineering                   Snyder & Associates 

                Farris Engineering                           Stahl Construction

                HyVee – Urbandale                      

Welcome James
Monday, May 22, 2017
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frk is pleased to have James Lieven interning with us this summer!  James just completed his fourth year in architecture at Iowa State University and will be spending the next few months getting some hands on experience at frk.  His outgoing personality and willingness to help out wherever needed is appreciated by everyone in the office.  It’s great to have him on board!

Pella Christian Ground Breaking
Monday, May 15, 2017
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On May 1st the Pella Christian Grade School held a ceremonial ground breaking to mark the beginning of construction on their new school addition.   The addition, designed by frk, consists of 13 classrooms,  new cafeteria and serving area, gymnasium, and a new main entry with an administration center.  
 
Congratulations Pella Christian – we look forward to the day your students can start enjoying their new spaces!

On May 1st the Pella Christian Grade School held a ceremonial ground breaking to mark the beginning of construction on their new school addition.   The addition, designed by frk, consists of 13 classrooms,  new cafeteria and serving area, gymnasium, and a new main entry with an administration center.  

Congratulations Pella Christian – we look forward to the day your students can start enjoying their new spaces!

AIA Window Display by frk
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
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frk architects + engineers created a window display for the AIA Iowa office for the month of March.  The display promotes architecture and design by providing a glimpse into the design process.  Conceived as a sculptural art installation, the piece utilizes tracing paper sketches produced by the architects and designers at frk during the process of design.  Crumpled into unusual shapes, and suspended on monofilament, the sketches celebrate a common medium still used by designers to communicate their thoughts and ideas.  Stop by and check out the display and read the full description of the piece on the frk banner in the window.

Welcome Tina!
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
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Joining the frk team at the start of the new year is our new Architectural Technician, Tina Rhodes.  Tina has a number of years of experience in the architectural field with special expertise in historic preservation, sustainability and adaptive reuse projects.  A native Iowan, she received her architecture degree from Texas Tech University.  With strong client relationship skills, excellent technical capabilities, and a broad architectural background we are excited to have Tina here at frk!

Iowa Association of School Boards Convention is Well Attended
Monday, December 12, 2016
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The Iowa Association of School Boards held their annual convention in November. frk was on hand to meet school district representatives and discuss how our services can help them with their next building project.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth!

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