C3 Center Project Wins a 2024 Masters Award

Mar. 6, 2024

The Community Foundation’s C3 Center came to life through connection, collaboration and community. Thanks to the support of the community, we officially opened the doors last May, and have been so proud to see this new space transform into a hub for the nonprofit/for-impact sector, in addition to offering space for meetings, trainings and community convenings. In addition to the important work of our tenant partners, the building has quickly become a space for critical conversations, continued education, building leadership and fostering connection.

With our construction and architectural partners, The Hansen Company and Slingshot Architecture, this vision all came to life. Not only did they work to be good stewards, they found solutions that met our needs, ultimately helping us reach our goal – a space for the Greater Des Moines community today and for generations to come. 

It is our distinct honor to share that through this collaborative process, the C3 Center project has most recently been recognized by the Master Builders of Iowa with a 2024 Masters Award ($1-10M category). This award recognizes the exceptional efforts of a construction team in executing the process of completing a project. This includes solid project management skills, imagination, perseverance and innovative construction techniques. The award brings a sharper focus to the high degree of professionalism and skill of creating a masterpiece, like the C3 Center. Together, we expanded our operations and community-impact in a way that transcended the jobsite.

As we celebrate this achievement, we would also like to share the direct, in-person impact this project has already had on our community: 

Donor Convenings

  • More than 100 individuals attended to learn more about community needs and opportunities
  • 8 more in-person sessions coming soon

Nonprofit Trainings

  • 8 sessions with a total of 238 attendees 

For Impact Leaders

  • 9 cohort sessions with 13 graduates in 2023
  • 9 cohort sessions with 15 students in 2024

Colleague Connect

  • Multi-audience track, with more than 335 attendees
  • 60 sessions scheduled in just 2024

C3 Center Dedication and Better Together Bash/Mural Dedication

  • Welcomed over 300 donors

Tenant and Other Special Events

Thank you for your partnership and for helping us realize truly transformational impact – we are better together!