Giovanetti Community Shelter

"Uniquely Urbandale"

This project serves a need for both a recreational building and a storm shelter for the City of Urbandale. It provides a large meeting area, kitchen, storage, restrooms and an office at the Walker Johnston Park. It complies with FEMA standards as a protective facility against tornadoes and is designed to resist the highest destructive winds.

Upon approach, steel columns create a rhythm that then support a covered entry and align with the structure of the building. The landscaped area adjacent to the entry helps to frame the path to the building while also creating a contrast to the strong, clean lines of the simple building. The building, made of precast concrete panels, steel, and wood siding, has a low, rectangular silhouette to enable it to flow with the surrounding landscape.


Location: Urbandale, IA

Program:  Recreation/Safety Shelter

Area: 5,580 SF

Client: City of Urbandale

Photo Credits: Cameron Campbell, Integrated Studio