DES MOINES, Iowa – A groundbreaking ceremony held earlier this week on Kum & Go’s new $151 million headquarters project previews the construction to come beginning in early November.
Located at 1459 Grand Avenue and facing the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, the Krause Gateway Center will stand five stories tall and host around 800 employees, Kum & Go representatives say. Renderings released by Kum & Go and architect Renzo Piano showcase a modern design that only takes up a third of the site’s property; the rest will be used as public space, filled with trees and plants, called “the forest.” It’s intended to be an extension of the sculpture park across the street. The building will also feature a rooftop garden.
Governor Terry Branstad and Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie attended the groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday of this week. The state and city are providing about $30 million combined in tax incentives to the company for the project.
The company says the new office will create at least 90 new jobs. Kum & Go plans to move its current headquarters in West Des Moines to the Krause Gateway Center in early 2018.