Grand Avenue Progress
In the media
Des Moines University unveils land for new campus in West Des Moines
June 3, 2019 - Des Moines Register
Des Moines University to move west after decades downtown
June 3, 2019 - KCCI 8 News
Des Moines University moves forward with plans for West Des Moines campus
June 3, 2019 - Business Record
News from around our 50 states
June 3, 2019 - USA Today
Des Moines University plans relocation to West Des Moines
March 11, 2019 - Des Moines Register
Des Moines University announced in March of 2019 that it will purchase property in West Des Moines as part of its effort to move the campus and accommodate necessary growth and innovation. The closing on the property sale is anticipated to be in late May, and we expect to start excavation and construction in spring 2020. In 2023, DMU will celebrate its 125th Anniversary.
The 88-acre parcel sits on the north side of Grand Avenue West, located between Jordan Creek Parkway South and South 88th Street. It is bounded on the north by Booneville Road.
“As we enter a campus master planning process, DMU is resetting its vision to remain a national, premiere medicine and health sciences university serving the community and the world,” said Angela L. Walker Franklin, Ph.D., President and CEO. “During this exploration, our entire campus community will be involved in the creative and strategic planning process that will ensure we create an exciting University environment that supports advanced medicine and health sciences education and research, as well as clinical services for residents of the region.”
“The DMU Board of Trustees unanimously endorses President Franklin’s leadership with the campus relocation and master planning process,” said Board of Trustees Chairman, Michael C. Witte, D.O.’77. “We are setting the stage for strategic growth of the University, and embracing the powerful, evolutionary trends in education and health care delivery. The current site on Grand Avenue simply cannot accommodate the plans we have for expansion of our curriculum, facilities, and clinical services.”
DMU is privileged to be working with a joint team of two exceptional specialists in higher education and health sciences facilities planning and design. RDG and GTG, both locally based, are facilitating our master planning process and will guide the architectural and engineering development for the new location.
Angela L. Walker Franklin
President and CEO
Ralitsa Akins, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Development Officer
Director, Facilities Management
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Fiscal Operations Administrator
March 11, 2019
Master planning process begins with faculty, staff, and student discussions facilitated by RDG and GTG
All dates are estimated
Campus master plan development and reviews
Completion of initial planning phase with RDG and GTG
Excavation and construction begins
Grand Avenue completed
Move to new campus