Beautifying An Iowa Landmark

By Curt Grandia | September 28, 2010

Larson & Larson Construction, LLC is at work on a $2-million Iowa Department of Administrative Services' project to beautify the grounds of the Iowa Capitol.

The West Capitol Terrace project eliminates parking lots and creates a multipurpose, park-like public sanctuary. The Des Moines general contractor began its work in September and, according to Project Manager Joe Keller, has to complete its work in about five months. "We'll be working through the winter and we have to complete the project by June in time for a triathlon that will begin and end on the terrace," he said.

The project includes a pedestrian walkway from East 7th and Locust, east to the Capitol steps and is viewed as the physical link between the state and the city. It will include granite pavers in the shape of each of Iowa's 99 counties as well as granite paver shaped like the state.

"There are a lot of unique features in the project," Keller said, "from the granite pavers to a cast-stone ballastered wall."

A commercial/institutional contractor, Larson & Larson is self-performing excavation, foundations and installation of the furnishings. In the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, subcontractor Cameron Mitchell, Inc. took advantage of good weather to pour concrete for flatwork.