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COMPUTER SERVICES INC.
Shive-Hattery was tasked with providing an addition and renovation to a facility that has seen five additions since being built in 1966. Computer Services, Inc. (CSI) provides financial technology software to financial institutions and a variety of other industries nationwide. Goals included a 9,500 square foot addition which serves as a new front door, a spacious training, conferencing and break area, and a new atrium corridor connecting the entrance with the rest of the building. Of importance to CSI was integrating their existing 27,000 square foot building and new addition with a cohesive exterior architectural vocabulary. Due to the high security nature of the internal operations, original facades had few windows. As the functions planned for the addition were more collaborative, increased transparency was possible there, which initiated the addition of strategically located clerestory windows in the existing building to introduce natural light. The use of glass curtain wall and silver metal façade panels wrapping new and existing, and the integration of CSI corporate colors into the façade, were key to expressing a modern and inviting face to the community.
The City of Cedar Rapids sought a team to redevelop a parking lot in a prime location in Kingston Village, just west of the Cedar River in downtown Cedar Rapids. The City selected the team of M&W Properties and Build to Suit who had a goal of providing a contemporary building design to differentiate this development from other housing in the downtown area.
245 Kingston will be a five-story, 50-unit apartment building targeting young professionals with it's panoramic views of the downtown skyline from a shared rooftop terrace surrounded by a green roof.
Connected to downtown by a bus loop and bike trail, the complex will offer urban, car-optional living as well as secure at-grade parking. Other anticipated amenities include a rooftop grill and fire pit, in-building gym, UPS drop and Wi-Fi.
The high-end, two-story lofts offer spaces unlike any in Cedar Rapids.
Oaknoll East – Independent Living condominiums
The 60 unit multi-building design features views of the surrounding woods and a lush central courtyard dotted with community spaces. Clean exterior lines and underground parking will keep the focus of the multi-family housing development on nature and the outdoors. Each unit will feature a window wall that opens the living room up to a large projecting balcony that can become a screened in porch with the flick of a switch.
Residents will share common interior areas that can accommodate up to 120 people gathering to enjoy concerts, readings, and talks from local performers. Commissioned pieces from local artists will also be showcased in the shared spaces. By offering beautiful, open living spaces with additional amenities scattered throughout the development, residents will be able to live throughout the entire building and development instead of being isolated in their individual units. The focus is on creating a community and not just a collection of dwellings—a community connected to this natural setting.
The project is scheduled to be completed in fall of 2020.