Iowa Building

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Name: Iowa Building Project

Location: Oskaloosa, IA

Architect: Musco Sports Lighting

Award: 2009 ABC of Iowa Excellence in Construction

The Oskaloosa Downtown Development Group has been the driving force behind many of the community’s recent projects, including new sidewalks, streetscapes and lighting. The Iowa Building is one of the first building renovations completed on the town square. The building was originally built in 1896 and was used as a bank until the 1980’s. The Oskaloosa Downtown Development Group considers this building to be the cornerstone of the downtown business environment.

The architects of Musco Sports Lighting led the restoration project. Their goal was to return the building back to the original design with the use of new materials and cost effective building processes.

A great concern for detail was incorporated into the new work to create a quality job to capture the original details of the building. Old photographs were used to identify the original architecture and the overall look of the building.

Cunningham, Inc. joined the construction team in the spring of 2009 to construct the decorative architectural sheet metal portion of the project. The scope of work included cornice metal located at three different elevations, a parapet cap, and a 4 foot tall decorative cornice with a triangle shaped ornamental structure with four prominent column. The task was to coordinate modern shop technologies in fabrication to closely match the existing features of the original building, along with coordinating the installation of blocking and receivers as the masonry was installed. 24 gauge prefinished sheet metal was used to fabricate the cornices, cap, column, and ornamental structure. They contracted with a local carpenter to build the wooden ornamental structure. Once completed, the prefinished metal and clover design was fabricated and physically installed in their shop. The structure was then transported to the job site and craned into position.

This type of project took coordination from the architects, masonry contractor, shop mechanics, and field installers in order to be successful in communicating and constructing this highly detailed restoration. The project was dedicated on June 15, 2009.