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Architectural creativity & employee creativity
Iowa Architect
  • James M. Spiller, Iowa State University
  • Paul Crosby
  • Substance Architecture, Substance Architecture
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For the countless travelers who hum along Interstate 80 through Iowa each day, the newly constructed Brownells Inc. building, designed by Substance Architecture, marks a distinct glimmer in the expanse at the southern edge of Grinnell. The prominent building at mile marker 182 is easily seen from both directions along I-80 due to its generous size as the company’s primary distribution center, headquarters, and new retail shop along one of the busiest national commercial corridors. The building rests on low-lying fields of prairie, extending along the interstate and anchored by a striking dark façade. At high speeds, the spacious deep-set windows shimmer and a white-striped plenum pulsates from behind the airy office windows, recalling the ever-repeating passing lanes.

This article was originally published in the Iowa Architect magazine, the official magazine of the American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter. For more information contact AIA Iowa at 515.244.7502.

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James M. Spiller, Paul Crosby and Substance Architecture. "Architectural creativity & employee creativity" Iowa Architect (2015) p. 34 - 37
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