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Imagining a University for the Future

Imagining a university for the future

DMU Board Chair Michael Witte and University President Angela Walker Franklin - seated, fourth and third from right, respectively - are joined by DMU trustees, members of the McKinney family and West Des Moines leaders for the signing of the purchase of property for a new campus.

DMU completes purchase of West Des Moines property for new campus


DMU signs letter of intent to relocate its campus


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.

"Future Home of DMU" sign
"The future home of Des Moines University" sign located at the corner of S Jordan Creek Pkwy and Grand Ave

“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.

Stephanie Greiner
Chief Development Officer

John Harris
Director, Facilities Management

Mark Peiffer
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Victoria Harper-Halverson
Fiscal Operations Administrator

Joe Lang, RDG

Jonathan Martin, RDG

Mike Houston, RDG

Steve Grasso, GTG

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April 2019

Master planning process begins with faculty, staff, and student discussions facilitated by RDG and GTG

May - November 2019

Campus master plan development and reviews

December 2019

Completion of initial planning phase with RDG and GTG

Future Milestones

All dates are estimated

Spring 2020

Excavation and construction begins

Summer 2020

Grand Avenue completed


Move to new campus

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