Keokuk City Hall Commission Narrows List of Architects to Three

The Keokuk City Hall Commission began with eight proposals for architectural services to be performed at the current Connections Bank and Insurance Buildings in the 500 Block of Main Street that are designated to become the new home of the Keokuk City Offices. That number has now been narrowed down to three after the City Hall Commission meeting that was held on July 25th.

The following three firms have been asked to present to the City Hall Commission’s next meeting on August 22nd.

Bracke. Miller. Hayes. Mayon. (BHMM)

BHMM Architects is a company based in Moline, Illinois that has been in business since 1961, according to their website. The firm specializes in religious, institutional, educational, and commercial projects and has worked in conjunction with both governmental and private entities. Their projects have totaled more than $200 million in documents that have resulted in construction.

Horizon Architecture

Horizon Architecture is owned and operated by West Virginia native and Air Force veteran Mike Nolan. Nolan now operates Horizon out of Iowa City, Iowa and according to the company’s website, “Projects include Modernization to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, the Moss Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech and Gateway Ticketing Systems Global Headquarters in Pottstown, PA. Mike founded Horizon Architecture to continue his mission of bringing thoughtful design and an unparalleled experience to his clients.

Poepping, Stone, Bach, and Associates. (PSBA)

PSBA holds offices in Missouri, Iowa, and Illinois. The Main Offices are located in Quincy, Illinois but Poepping, Stone, Bach, and Associates also have satellite offices in Keokuk, Iowa; Hannibal, Missouri; and Lisle, Illinois. PSBA offers engineering services as well and their architectural projects have included asbestos removal and renovations on religious, recreational, medical, industrial, governmental, educational, and commercial structures, according to their website.

City Administrator Cole O’Donnell requested that the firms base their presentations on the following:

  • Introduction of the firm and team.
  • Examples of projects similar to the Keokuk City Hall renovation.
  • How the experience the prospective firm will relate to our project.
  • The design process and how the firm will approach determining work flow and space.
  • Address how the project will be brought in on-time and within the allocated budget.
  • Design ideas for the project based on knowledge of the project/buildings.
  • Most importantly, what differentiates each company from the other firms such that they would better meet the project goals.

The presentations are set for August 22nd starting at 5:30 PM. According to an e-mail from Cole O’Donnell to the City Hall Commission, each firm will be given 10-15 minutes to present and 10-15 minutes for questions.  Time limits will be strictly held to.  Commission members were told to expect the meeting to last 2-2.5 hours as deliberations on a recommendation to the city council will be made after the presentations.