Saint James Lutheran Church

5665 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa
7,500 sf
Details: This project was a significant addition and remodel project which added parking for an additional 56 stalls, a grand new entrance, a large and inviting gathering space and larger more flexible space.

This began with the complete demolition and removal of the existing education wing constructed in the 1960's and the complete demolition and removal of an adjacent residential property owned by the church. The congregation continued to worship and to conduct business and ministries throughout the renovation which created some unique construction challenges. Venter Spooner worked very closely with the staff and congregation to creatively coordinate all construction efforts with the church's priorities and needs.

Photos: Dan Cross © Cross Studio -

MedPharm Dispensary Windsor Heights

7239 Apple Valley Drive, Windsor Heights
2,000 sf
Details: The MedPharm project is an interior tenant improvement project constructed in the newly remodeled Apple Valley Shopping Center. Venter Spooner completed a significant renovation of the shell building for real estate developer Colby Interests prior to the start of the tenant improvement work.

MedPharm was originally started and developed by Kemin Industries for the purpose of providing an outlet for safe and legal cannabidiol products that could serve Iowa patients with debilitating medical conditions.

The tenant improvement construction included a purposeful use of the latest building material finishes allowing for a striking new and contemporary look. The project was under extreme scrutiny due to the nature of the upstart business. Venter Spooner strategically met the challenge of an aggressive schedule with continuous planning, scheduling and prioritization of daily tasks.