Updating the Master Plan for the Capitol Complex is an exciting opportunity to realize original visions and identify new goals. The West Capitol Terrace fulfilled a long-standing vision for an open, welcoming entrance to the Capitol from downtown Des Moines. On the other end of campus, a model “green” building was constructed – something the original visionaries for the Capitol grounds never could have imagined.
The goal for the 2010 update was to create a master plan with a world-class vision by combining sustainable design principles and recognizing the historical significance of our buildings and grounds. This master plan is a living document with regular updates – not just a prescription. In 2014, the Capitol Planning Commission reviewed each section of the Master Plan and updated it as necessary in a new Appendix D. This Appendix is intended to recognize work completed and changed circumstances, as well as document by amendment any modifications, with rationale, made to the Master Plan. The Commission plans to update Appendix D each year to keep the Master Plan current and useful as a guide to planning decisions.