ChildServe Center

ChildServe Center

In 1999 ChildServe occupied 4 different locations across Des Moines.  In an effort to bring together all services under one roof, the ChildServe Center was designed in Johnston at the former location of Des Moines Soccer and Sport Center.  In response to a growing demand for services for children with special needs, and their families, ChildServe sought to integrate their many community services including adaptive equipment, homecare, respite, supported community living, and outpatient therapy.   The new, 42,000 sf 100% wheelchair-accessible building offers services to children in a warm and friendly environment.  Colors and materials were selected that provide a relaxing environment, but care was taken to select materials that would not be distracting to children with autism or other visual fixation challenges.  Wall and floor finishes were selected that are easy for carts and wheel chairs to navigate by children with special needs. Spaces include: a therapy gymnasium with equipment and a playground, viewing areas for therapy activities; a respite facility that provides a homelike environment for weekend care or extended care.   A shop and service center was provided to adapt and modify wheel chairs and apparatus used by children with special needs.

Completion Date: June 2003

Project Size: 43,000 SF

Type of Delivery:  Negotiated

Project Team: 

Tim Olson, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP: Project Manager / Project Architect with SVPA

Charles Saul Engineering

The Weitz Company

Baker Group

Biermann Electric

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ChildServe TCU Renovation and Building Addition

ChildServe TCU Renovation and Building Addition

The demand for services provided by ChildServe continues to grow. The Children’s Habilitation Center (CHC) was in need of an overhaul, update and complete renovation.  In a 2 part make-over the Hubbell Wing was completely renovated to create the Transitional Care Unit or TCU, which would be followed by the renovation of the Pomerantz Wing into the Continuing Care Unit or CCU.   The TCU provides Pediatric Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Care, serving 20 children with transitional needs, recovering from an accident, or a new physical challenge, in an effort to ultimately transition them back home.  The CCU serves Children with permanent metal or physical challenges.  The final step in the Campus Master Plan was to Connect the CHC (TCU & CCU) with the ChildServe Center.  This addition includes offices and therapy rooms serving the children that are residents in the TCU and CCU.  Playful interiors with bold colors emphasize ChildServe's focus on serving Children, without minimizing the intense services provided for these children every day. The Skilled Nursing Care rooms were renovated with the same attention to providing an environment that enhances physical and mental well-being.   Finally a commercial kitchen and swimming pool were provided with another workshop for adaptive equipment design and adjustment of special equipment for children.

Completion Date:  Spring 2007

Project Size:

Addition 18,009 SF

Renovation 17,908 SF

Type of Delivery: Negotiated Contract

Project Team:

 Tim Olson, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP: Principal-in-Charge / Project Manager / Project Architect with SVPA

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