Phenix School Apartments
415 7th Street, West Des Moines, Iowa
Details: Phenix School Apartments was a unique restoration project that involved repurposing a local elementary school originally constructed in 1939. The project converted the existing building into 17 individual modern apartment units with common art studio space for tenants' use. The original building was constructed as an all cast-in-place concrete structure unusual for its time and particularly unique by today's standard.
Renovating the building by making a significant change to the building's original purpose and at the same time accommodating the existing heavy structural frame was a particular challenge. Careful, thorough planning and layout was critical to the success of the project.
The property offers tenants a unique and creative living space while also making shared art studio space available for the tenants'personal creative art project.
Venter Spooner worked closely with the owner and architect as part of a negotiated project team providing both preconstruction and construction services. Venter Spooner was responsible for budget, schedule and quality control from the early design phase through final project delivery.