Iowa Methodist Medical Center


Throughout its 100-year history, Iowa Methodist Medical Center has undergone both structural and aesthetic improvements that emphasize its commitment to cutting-edge services and current best practices for the healthcare sector. Because the atrium café provides an integral service for visitors, the hospital sought to complete the project on a very strict construction timeline with material that would be both durable and visually consistent with the hospital’s interior. This combination of obstacles required a timely and effective product solution.


In order to achieve these design goals, Shive-Hattery looked to Construction Specialties (C/S) and chose to radius C/S’ Acrovyn® Dimensional Moldings in a beautiful Chameleon™ simulated wood pattern that matched the hospital’s design. The easy-to-clean PVC-free Chameleon material resists the growth of bacteria, a product trait essential for healthcare environments. Other wood-like materials that met the design demands for curved edges do not have the capability of handling the flex stress that Acrovyn® does. Many similar products cannot be curved, as they would become damaged or split. For the atrium café project, C/S was able to provide a product solution that was the perfect fit for refacing the existing design with resilient and highly customizable paneling offerings.

Project: Iowa Methodist Medical Center

Location: Des Moines, IA

Architect: Shive-Hattery Architecture + Engineering

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Located in downtown Des Moines on a 42-acre campus, the Iowa Methodist Medical Center is a well-known Midwestern healthcare facility specializing in cancer care. To service its 370-patient bed capacity, the facility houses a chapel, a gift  shop and a variety of options for dining.

The Atrium Food Service area is located in the atrium of Iowa Methodist at the west end of the campus. The island café offers a range of breakfast and lunch options in a high-traffic area for a large volume of hospital visitors from both Iowa Methodist and the adjacent Blank Children’s Hospital.


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