​North Iowa Regional Commerce Center: Mason City

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.

North Iowa Regional Commerce Center, Mason City