The Des Moines community is continually redeveloping and when the GSA announced a new Federal Courthouse in Des Moines in 2016 , one of the main design goals became complementing the high-rise and high-security character of the new courthouse with the surrounding structures and amenities along the Des Moines riverfront. Featuring 9 courtrooms and 13 chambers, this courthouse will meet the space and security requirements needed and will serve the community for the next 75+ years. While being a government building, the courthouse plans include a private garden and large stairs leading to the front door facing the river, in order to provide a more seamless and welcoming entry from the courthouse lawn to the river, not a barrier between the two.


Barnum Tiller, AIA
Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects


Structural Engineer


US Government


Des Moines, IA

Design Architect of Record

Neumann Monson Architects

Design Lead Architect

Mack Scogin, Merrill Elam Architects

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