The North Iowa Regional Commerce Center hired Accord to renovate all interior levels of their circa 1930 building. This downtown Mason City building houses the area chamber and county-wide economic development organization. Regional economic development Marketing Alliance and North Iowa Builders Exchange also operate here. It also welcomes the co-location of partners with complimentary missions. These include regional entities: Main Street Mason City and Mason City Youth Task Force.
The scope of this project did not include front façade work, but did improve the rear façade with new windows. A new EIFS skin unifies the two types of façades at the rear into one continuous appearance.
The project was funded through a grant from I-Jobs. NIACC served as Fiscal Agent and the Mason City Chamber of Commerce was Sub Recipient.
A conference/gathering room is located at the third level along with a rooftop patio. This was made possible by the insertion of a new elevator into the center of the existing building as part of Accord’s work.
Mason City’s history includes a number of prairie-school architecture examples. As a representative of the community, it is important that the architecture of this building include prairie-school elements such as the pergola over the lower level, open meeting space, and the preservation of prairie-style railings.