October 23, 2019

True Roots Chiropractic

This new tenant finish is located apart of the mix use Soll Apartment Complex in Des Moines, IA.  Dr. Paige’s goal for her new business venture was to create an environment that is both welcoming and uplifting so that she can share her passion for chiropractic care and helping her clients achieve their health goals.  Working together, we created a floor plan that maximized every square foot to its fullest potential.  The industrial look was achieved with exposed ceilings with spiral duct-work, light fixtures, painted brick at accent walls, lightly stained wood and complementing paint colors to work with the branding of True Roots Chiropractic.

October 10, 2019

Arcadia Cafe

Before Facade Renovation

Arcadia Cafe and it’s owners had a vision to bring their unique brand of home-roasted coffee and handmade pastries to Campustown near Iowa State University.  Being long time supporters of the Campustown district, the owners also sought to rehabilitate a vacant and run-down building into a welcoming and inviting environment for the highly trafficked Welch Avenue.  The operable cafe windows allow the sights, sounds, and aromas of the restaurant to emanate from the building facade, inviting pedestrians in off the street.  The ceiling clouds in the interior space were made from historic tin ceilings that were salvaged from a historic building that previously sat just north of the cafe.  The project was awarded a facade grant from the City of Ames Campustown Facade Grant Program.

July 12, 2017

Ames Bus Maintenance Facility

Project Description
The Ames Community School District needed a new facility to service the bus fleet, as well as meet maintenance, inspection, fleet management, and storage needs. This new facility provides an efficient, seamless flow of vehicles and equipment, gathered in one centralized location from several former locations around the community. To maximize square footage, and minimize building costs, a pre-engineered steel building type was selected.

Particular attention was paid to getting vehicles into and out of the facility unimpeded, while providing adequate storage, strategically placed, to outfit the vehicles with accessories as needed. In addition, management offices are included to monitor and command the movement of the bus and maintenance fleet, as well as oversee the maintenance needs of the district’s buildings.

February 22, 2017



Just off Main Street in historic downtown Ames, Iowa sat an Art Deco style bank whose integrity had been compromised after years of parceled tenantship and renovations. That was until 2015 when a local architecture firm, HAILA Architecture | Structure | Planning, decided to reclaim the local landmark for their own office.  Their effort was ultimately honored with a 2016 City of Ames Award for Historic Preservation for Adaptive Reuse.

The 3,900 square foot building was initially constructed in 1941 by architect Moorman & Company for the Stafford Bank which later became Ames Savings and Trust Bank. Its defining features were its voluminous sixteen foot tall center lobby, its glass block windows on the north facade, and its cream and green colored terrazzo floor. Decades later the bank was sold, partition walls and floor coverings were installed over the original terrazzo floor and the ceiling was lowered to 9 feet, and a north window was converted into an entrance.

With the help of a $75,000 Main Street Iowa Challenge Grant through the Iowa Economic Development Authority as well as an $11,000 City of Ames Façade Grant, HAILA was able to restore the original grandeur of the bank space while also introducing new elements that reflected an architect’s studio. Relying on historic photography, the process began by returning the interior’s proportions back to their original design by gutting all non-original features and finishes.  Similarly, an effort was made to restore the rhythm of the exterior façade by replacing the non-original exit door with a replicated window.

A number of original construction features were also re-purposed through creative solutions. This included the reuse of quite a few doors and salvage of the original vestibule marble wainscot which was refinished and repurposed into new kitchenette counter tops. HAILA also interjected modern finishes and design elements that told the history and character of the original building. Glass screen walls, that line the studio space, depict abstracted black & white historical photography of the building in its original form.

Glass also enabled the re-purposing once private spaces into open or semi-private areas. On the main level, the two offices that flanked the entry were converted into a conference room, administrative assistant work area, and office space through the inclusion of screen walls. On the mezzanine level, the window overlooking the office was expanded to add to a greater sense of collaboration and daylight.

With less than a 7% vacancy rate, the historic downtown of Ames, is one of the most active and economically stable in the nation. The presence of HAILA office brings creative, high paying, high-tech jobs to the Main Street Cultural District. HAILA is also able to build relationships with local Iowa State University by employing students, many who come from the greater region. Additionally, the location’s proximity to the City of Ames Chamber of Commerce and City Hall enables multiple members of HAILA to be involved with city boards and commissions.

December 18, 2014

Vermeer Applied Technology Hub

The Vermeer Applied Technology Hub, located at the Iowa State Research Park in Ames, Iowa, this facility houses opportunities for innovation and collaboration between Iowa State students and Vermeer team members to develop the next generation of Vermeer equipment.  The Iowa based company intends to create an environment for software engineers to excel in the development of practical, affordable and modular equipment technology. The unique space provides office space to allow students and faculty from Iowa State and other schools to work collaboratively on technology advancements for Vermeer industrial and agricultural equipment. As technology is developed, a specialized high-bay facility is used for testing and validation.

December 2, 2014

Ames Chamber of Commerce

The Ames Chamber of Commerce had a vision to consolidate their separate offices to a singular location within Ames’s centralized Main Street Cultural District and seized the opportunity to move into this historic two story building. The Chamber also desired to creating an inviting space, open for use by all members and businesses, not just the Chamber staff.

The challenge of the project was to create a cohesive office layout between two levels and respect the historic character of the interior space. The solution was to create a receptionist desk on the main level to direct visitors either to the second level offices or to the first level conference rooms, creating a clear delineating line between public, semi-public, and private spaces.

The modern conference/board room on the main level utilizes a traditional material in white oak casework and accent walls, set in juxtaposition to the contemporary all glass corridor walls. The partial height walls of the board room with its “portal” ceilings expose and celebrate the historic tin ceiling. The overall effect is a modern and contemporary interior design that respects the historic character of the building, reflective of the traditional yet progressive values of the Ames Chamber of Commerce.

October 15, 2014

413 Kellogg

HAILA Architecture | Structure | Planning among Thirteen Projects Selected for Awards

October 15, 2014 (Des Moines, Iowa) — The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) today awarded $928,000 in Main Street Iowa Challenge Grants to 13 communities around the state. The grants will benefit local improvement projects such as façade upgrades and restoration, upper floor rehabilitation, and remodeled spaces for expanding downtown businesses. The announcement was made during a ceremony held at the Des Moines Botanical Center today.

Haila Architecture Structure Planning was awarded $75,000 for the remodeling of their future office at 413 Kellogg in Downtown Ames.

“This is great for the Ames community and certainly for the Main Street Cultural District,” said Dan Culhane, President and CEO of the Ames Chamber of Commerce. “We are thrilled that people continue to choose to invest in downtown Ames because it has momentum which is principally the reason why the Ames Chamber of Commerce chose to move downtown late last year.”

“These challenge grants have proven to be catalysts for the revitalization of Iowa’s historic main streets,” said IEDA Director Debi Durham. “These projects represent the ongoing commitment the people of our state have to the revitalization of our historic downtown districts. Rehabilitated buildings create opportunities for new business in Iowa communities, and new businesses mean new jobs.”

The grants are administered through IEDA’s Iowa Downtown Resource Center and Main Street Iowa programs. The funding will be distributed in the form of matching grants to the selected Main Street programs. The estimated total project cost of the 13 projects is over $7.6 million.

“Main Street Cultural District remains honored to be a part of the Main Street Iowa program,” said Terry Stark, Main Street Cultural District Board President. “We work closely with many groups and volunteers to make Ames a great place to live, work and visit. We are especially grateful for support from the City of Ames and the Ames Chamber of Commerce and its affiliate groups. This will be a great rejuvenation project in a historical downtown Ames building. MSCD congratulates Haila Architecture and the Walters family on being awarded this challenge grant.”

“Each project must provide at least a dollar-for-dollar cash-match,” explained Main Street Iowa State Coordinator Michael Wagler. “Overall, these projects will leverage almost nine times the state’s investment into bricks and mortar rehabilitation.”

The Challenge Grant program is funded through an appropriation from the Iowa Legislature. Since the first appropriation in 2002, approximately $5 million in state and federal funds has leveraged over $34 million in private reinvestment in 97 projects in 42 Main Street Iowa commercial districts across the state.

Photos of recipients will be available at http://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/IDRC/MainStreetIowa after October 17, 2014. For more information about the Main Street Iowa Challenge Grant program, contact Michael Wagler, State Coordinator, Main Street Iowa, at 515.725.3056 or mainstreet@iowa.gov.

Project Team

October 15, 2012

Story County Community Services

The vacated lower level of the Human Services Building presented an opportunity for the growing Story County Community Services Department to capture additional office space as well as reinvision daily operations of staff and visitors.

One of the primary challenges of the project was to provide an access corridor for maintenance staff to be able to walk freely from one end of the long narrow building to the other without disrupting the officing functions of the Community Services staff. Furthermore, any corridor along the perimeter of the space would potentially block the already limited daylight provided by the basement windows. The solution was to provide a continous band of partially obscurred ribbon windows along the main east-west corridor, allowing daylight and relative privacy to the Community Services staff, while allowing maintenance personel to move freely between the two sides of the building.

The department also desired multiple types and scales of conferencing abilities, from large staff meetings of twenty people or more to small personal meetings with visitors of no more than two to three people. Having limited space for conferencing functions, the solution was to create a singular flexible conference space with an operable glass wall to bisect the room on the fly. When openned, the room can easily accomodate a large staff meeting. When closed, the operable glass wall divides the space into two spaces, a medium and small sized conference room. Additionally, private offices were designed to provide impromptu meetings and conferences with visitors as well.

September 6, 2012

Fighting Burrito DSM

The Fighting Burrito, a popular late-night, fast-food burrito shop in Ames was looking to expand its business to downtown Des Moines and jumped at the chance to develop this tenant improvement space in the Nationwide Insurance Building just off of Locust Street, on 13th Avenue, near the Western Gateway Park.  The shop caters to the downtown lunch crowd with its selection of fresh ingredients that are rolled up in  a choice of tortilla and also offers delivery to nearby businesses.  The challenge of the design was to balance the efficiency of the queuing line while maximizing seating capacity within the relatively narrow space.  A simple solution of “divide and conquer” was devised to split the queuing line into two separate lines from the middle of the restaurant, effectively doubling the efficiency of the restaurant.

The visionary owner of Fighitng Burrito took every opportunity to capitalize on the architecture to communicate the brand of the business.  Inspired by the restaurant’s hallmark tortillas, the undulating ceiling cloud, the large curved booths, and the bamboo wrapped alcoves were all created with the simple idea of “wrapping” architectural elements around one another to define individual spaces within the restaurant.  Employing the talents of Des Moines based graphic artists, Basemint, vinyl graphics communicating the unique brand of Fighting Burrito adorn many of the walls and ceiling surfaces.

May 14, 2010

Stomping Grounds Cafe

This coffee house and restaurant is part of Ames’ up and coming Campustown district.  With an aggressive timeline and vision to create a European style cafe, the renovation included the phased redevelopment of two-thirds of an existing building containing multiple tenant spaces into a singular business entity.

The challenge of consolidating multiple tenant spaces into a singular space provided an opportunity to create different zones within the restaurant to allow varying levels of privacy for visitors.  Raised platforms with formal and informal seating provide optimal sight lines to see and be seen while alcoves provide quiet retreats from the lively coffee shop for relaxation and rejuvenation.  Furthermore, the raised platforms form an inherently dramatic ‘stage’ providing a live venue for performing artists.

As part of the phased renovation, the kitchen was expanded and made more efficient.  Consequently the owner has been able to greatly expand the restaurant menu to include a diverse array of food and beverage offerings, making it a destination eatery within the district.

Direct lighting was incorporated at the various wall expanses within the space to allow the restaurant to double as an art gallery for local artists.  The resultant effect of the gallery space, coupled with the dramatic interior design and excellent food and beverage offerings have effectively created a lively ‘third place,’ a social environment separate from the home and the workplace.  Ultimately, the aggressive vision of the owner and the successful realization of that vision for the designed space have allowed Stomping Grounds to become a model business for the redemptive process in the Campustown district.

Proliant Biologicals


  • A biologicals company needed another facility to meet the needs of several new large client contracts.
  • A building shell that could accommodate intricately intertwined equipment and the packaging and storage of fragile materials.
  • An attractive facility that would fit in with the goals of the company, as well as the surrounding business park.


  • Creating a structure and plan layout which would allow the client’s complex equipment and production processes to operate flawlessly.
  • To provide a building which would meet the extremely high health and safety standards as dictated by the USDA


  • Use of a precast concrete structure which meets the safety and cleanliness goals of the owner, even taking into account pressure differentials between rooms to reduce the likelihood of contamination.
  • A cutting edge design reminiscent of the owner’s involvement on the leading edge of technology that allows the owner to manufacture product at a highly efficient rate.