Outlets of Des Moines & Shoppes at Prairie Crossing

In 2008, Snyder & Associates began developing concepts for the Shoppes at Prairie Crossing, a major 100-acre commercial/retail development at the intersection of Highway 65 and Interstate 80 in northwest Altoona, Iowa. Working with the developer, Heart of America, and the City of Altoona, the Snyder & Associates design team prepared an infrastructure plan to address public utility needs, transportation and access control along with environmental and storm sewer management needs.

Several site projects, led by the Snyder & Associates development team, were initiated after the initial infrastructure improvements, including a Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and Johnny’s Italian Restaurant. Current Prairie Crossing projects underway that Snyder & Associates is involved with include a Fairfield Inn and Suites and the Outlets of Des Moines retail mall development.

Prior to development, the area was used for agriculture. Due to the amount of organic soil in the area, soil mitigation and geotechnical work took place in order to prepare the site for development. A pond/stormwater management feature creates a unique waterfront entertainment district for the area. The use of prairie style native plantings supports and enhances the overall theme of the development. In order to guide replication of the planting throughout Prairie Crossing, Snyder & Associates assisted the City of Altoona with the creation of the C7 landscape ordinance, a new section of their zoning code.

Based on our previous work for The Shoppes at Prairie Crossing, Snyder & Associates was brought on as the civil engineer and landscape architect for the Outlets of Des Moines. Located just south of the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, the Outlets of Des Moines is a 350,000 square foot retail outlet all located on 40-acres of land.

As the largest retail development in the City, coordination to establish the new Planned Unit Development (P.U.D.) was a central aspect of the project. In turn, Snyder & Associates completed a great deal of preliminary zoning work and assisted in the development of a Design Criteria Manual as part of the P.U.D.

Snyder & Associates development team collaborated with New England Development and the Heart of America Group to create concepts, public infrastructure design, utility design and coordination, platting and site development plans for the construction of the development and adjacent street.

In keeping with the signature design and style of the Prairie Crossing development, the Outlets of Des Moines has prairie style architecture and landscaping. Construction is currently underway, with the mall scheduled to open in October 2017. As the only major outlet center located within 80 miles, the Outlets of Des Moines is well-positioned to fill a void in the area’s commercial/retail market.