Projects

COMPLETED PROJECTS

Fort Des Moines Project Page

FORT DES MOINES

This project is comprised of ten buildings of the historic Fort Des Moines on 13 acres of the original 640-acre fort. Built between 1903 and 1910, these barracks and stables have an important place in our nation’s history. They have been converted into 142 attainable housing units.

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Tea Room Project Page

THE TEA ROOM

In Des Moines, The Younkers Tea Room is iconic. After the 2014 fire, many feared that it was forever gone. However when you step into The Tea Room today, the ceilings and pillars echo the grandeur of the 1920s with the same ornate and original design.

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Wilkins Building

WILKINS

This mixed-use project includes ground floor retail and commercial space opening onto the newly renovated Walnut Street. The second through fifth floors consist of 60 one and two bedroom apartments. The fully restored Tea Room is on the sixth floor and is available for private events.

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Market One Page

MARKET ONE

The Market One project is an adaptive reuse of the Advance Rumley building into 40,668 square feet of commercial space in Des Moines. The project has achieved LEED Platinum certification, as well as a first-place ASHRAE National Technology Award in 2018.

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Clemens Building

CLEMENS

The Clemens building, located in Des Moines, is designed as a mixed-use project with restaurant space on the first floor and high-end, private apartments on the remaining floors. The unit mix includes one and two-bedroom units. Several units are designed to be two-story, townhouse style.

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301 Main Project Page

301 MAIN

The former Sheldon Munn Hotel has anchored the center of the downtown district of Ames, Iowa for nearly a century. The main level now consists of a series of small commercial spaces, and the upper three floors have been converted into 56 apartments.

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One University Place

ONE UNIVERSITY PLACE

One University Place is new construction developed on the site of the former St. Andrew’s Episcopal Parish in Iowa City. Located four blocks from Kinnick Stadium and the University of Iowa Hospital, One University Place provides luxury living in the heart of University Heights.

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SPECIALIZED PROJECTS

InnerVisions Project Page

INNERVISIONS

Blackbird is always looking for opportunities to help the community and InnerVisions is a prime example. Blackbird gave an in-kind donation by lending their time and management for designing and funding a new women’s healthcare clinic in south Des Moines.

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PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT

Lombardy Project

LOMBARDY

Directly adjacent to Colorado State University’s campus in Fort Collins, the existing St. John XXIII site will be redeveloped to provide a new sanctuary, Newman Center, and student housing. These three distinct features will allow St. John XXIII to continue its ministry to more than 33,000 students and the parish community.

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515 Walnut

515 WALNUT

The proposed 33-story residential tower offers a blend of attainable housing across 336 rental units on the site previously occupied by the Kaleidoscope building in downtown Des Moines. Few affordable housing options exist in the downtown core, and market studies point to a significant demand for housing at reduced price points.

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FDM-Campus-Map

FORT DES MOINES CAMPUS

This service campus on Des Moines’ south side focuses on providing supportive programming through a job training center, food pantry, thrift store, crisis pregnancy medical clinic, and criminal justice rehabilitation program. The multi-site cluster will enable established organizations to expand their outreach, permanently improving people’s lives.

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ST. JOSEPH’S SQUARE

St. Joseph’s Square is new construction located in the heart of the Vogel historic district in Ottumwa, Iowa. The development will feature townhomes and detached single-family homes. Homes at St. Joseph’s Square will blend modern amenities with traditional lines and open floor plans.

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Forest View

FOREST VIEW

The North Dubuque Street development of Iowa City will cover the full spectrum of the market, spanning from commercial and retail space to single and multi-family housing. It’s prime location along Interstate 80 and Dubuque Street provide high traffic counts and ease of accessibility.

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