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State of Iowa Parking Structure

Quick Facts

Building Name, Address:

State of Iowa Parking Structure, 
650 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines

Primary Occupants:

Public and state employee parking


The land at the northwest corner of Pennsylvania and Grand was purchased by the State along with the land for the State Historical Building in the mid-1980s. In 2003 the parking ramp was opened there to replace surface parking lots west of the Capitol. This made way for the West Capitol Terrace, and the seven-level ramp now provides more than 800 vehicle stalls for state employees and the visiting public. The State's Motor Pool is also housed in the parking structure, with the office located on the third floor.

Green Features

  • Energy-efficient, high-pressure sodium lights
  • Lighting schedules are programmed though the building automation system
  • Covered and secured parking for bicycles
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Walk-in entrance of the parking structure. The ramp provides parking for the public and state employees.

Photo by: Quality Automation Graphics

View of the Capitol and Wallace Building from the top floor of the parking structure, which is located west of the statehouse.

Photo by: Darcy Pech

View of downtown Des Moines, with the State Historical Building in the foreground, from the parking structure.

Photo by: Darcy Pech