North Ridge Park Pavilion

Adjacent to a newly developed urban park, the North Ridge Park Pavilion supports the City’s recreation programs and serves as a welcoming landmark for the city’s western gateway. The guiding vision for the project transcends the typical utilitarian nature of a park shelter to serve as a model of sustainable design. Environmental elements incorporated into the design include Iowa’s first green roof, locally quarried limestone, recycled timbers, and passive solar techniques. Through educational signage, the building serves as an educational tool to the concepts of sustainable design. Because of the project’s environmentally responsive nature, it was partially funded through state and federal grants as well as local TIF funds.

Indigenous limestone was used as the primary building material and is the focus for both the exterior and interior. The material does not require large amounts of energy to bring it from its raw state to installation and the proximity of the quarry provided additional embodied energy savings

Project Type



Coralville, Iowa


3,013 SF




2007 AIA Iowa Craft Award
2007 IIDA Great Plains Chapter Award