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UnityPoint Health Ankeny Medical Park


A suburb of Des Moines, Ankeny’s population has doubled in the past 15 years, with more than 55,000 citizens today – and families continue to move to the area. To keep up with this continued growth, UnityPoint Health wanted to create a convenient, all-encompassing medical park on the north side of Ankeny to make it easier for patients to access the healthcare services they need.

Instead of traveling to downtown Des Moines, the location of this new facility would also make it faster for patients coming via ambulance from northern Iowa counties to see a provider.


To bring several healthcare services together under one roof, Shive-Hattery designed a 59,000-square-foot medical park that houses the existing Iowa Radiology, Iowa Digestive Disease Center, and UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine and Urgent Care clinics, along with several new service lines: physical therapy, pharmacy, pathology laboratory, diagnostic center, and an outpatient surgery center. While the building was being planned, it was determined that MRI services would be needed in the medical park. To accommodate this technology while keeping delays to a minimum, Shive-Hattery quickly designed a building addition and interior buildout to handle a fixed MRI unit.

Designed to function like a retail space, the medical park is all one level with three entrance areas located close to ample parking. Each clinic has its own entrance located off the main walkway area, similar to a shopping mall. To reflect the feel of “open arms,” the building’s central entrance features symmetrical spaces on either side, with an arching floorplan gesture with canopies that reach out like open arms.

A modern, contemporary, fresh, clean aesthetic was used throughout the facility, both inside and out – a design that younger families in the area can relate to. The design places emphasis on natural light, with ample windows and glass that allow daylight to enter the medical park.

Given Ankeny’s increasing focus on environmental issues, Shive-Hattery made sure that the greenfield site had adequate stormwater and erosion control. The building exterior – a rainscreen that allows for drainage and evaporation – was also tested to make sure it would perform as expected before occupancy.

Throughout the project, Shive-Hattery balanced the needs of UnityPoint Health with the needs of two developers involved in the collaboration, keeping the project on time and budget, addressing the healthcare needs that would better serve the community, and maintaining a certain level of quality, image, and brand.


Ankeny residents now have easy access to any healthcare service they may need – all in one building. This comprehensive medical park saves patients time and money, and makes it simple for them to move from appointment to appointment as needed, and even pick up prescriptions before they leave.
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