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October 16, 2017

Updated Drone Footage – RISE in Iowa City

Aerial drone footage of RISE at Riverfront Crossings in Iowa City. This project includes a 12-story Hyatt Hotel and 14-story student housing tower.

September 8, 2017

RISE on Apache Drone Footage

Aerial drone footage of the completed 15-story RISE on Apache project in Tempe, AZ.

September 22, 2016

Dilley Building featured in Iowa Architect

Iowa Architect magazine recently featured the Dilley Building, home of Beal Derkenne Construction.  The fall issue highlights the history of this building as well as the modern renovation of the space.

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September 6, 2016

BDC Selected as General Contractor for Luxury High-Rise in Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines-based Blackbird Investments has lined up a Chicago-based equity partner for the $85 million project. The partner is CA Ventures, a company that has worked with Blackbird on a $100 million high-rise in Iowa City and that has tried for more than a year to gain a foothold in downtown Des Moines development. Beal Derkenne Construction LLC is the contractor and, also, the contractor on the Iowa City project. The designer is Neumann Monson Architects.

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August 15, 2016

BDC at Work on Iowa City High Rises

Beal | Derkenne Construction has started work on the $100 million Rise apartment and hotel project in Iowa City.
Andy Beal, co-owner of the six-year-old Des Moines-based general contractor, estimated that, at 572,000 square feet, the high-rise project is “one of the largest, if not the largest (in terms of square footage) multi-family mixed-use projects currently under construction throughout the state of Iowa.”

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July 22, 2016

University Housing (Phase 2) Time Lapse

View time lapse of the 2nd Phase of University Housing project near Tempe, AZ.

July 20, 2016

BDC Named in Top 15 Active Builders for Student Housing

Student Housing Business has featured BDC as one of the top builders in the student housing industry. The ranking is based on the number of bed constructed within the timeframe of January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2015.

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July 20, 2016

BDC Breaks Ground on 575,000-Square-Foot Mixed-Use Development Near the University of Iowa

BDC broke ground this week on RISE at Riverfront Crossings, a 575,000-square-foot, mixed-use development located near the University of Iowa in downtown Iowa City. The development will include a 15-story residential component with 332 units, 6,000 square feet of ground floor retail and a 14-story, 151-key Hyatt Place Hotel featuring 25,000 square feet of Class A office space.

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June 27, 2016

Demolition Paves Way for The Wedge

BDC has begun demolition for the Wedge in Tempe, Arizona. The Wedge is an 11, 800 sq. ft. multi-tenant retail redevelopment – expected completion in October 2016.

September 24, 2015

Park Avenue Time Lapse

View the Park Avenue Time Lapse.

January 2, 2015

The HUB receives Exellence Award for Best New Student Development

BDC receives Best Development Student Housing Excellence Award by MHN for The HUB project in Tempe, AZ. This is the 5th award received on this project!

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September 24, 2014

Dilley Manufacturing – Future BDC Headquarters

BDC is excited to annouce our future BDC headquarters in the Dilley Building. The Dilley Building is a 24,000SF masonry renovation project consisting of office, retail and future restaurant space as well as a workout facility. Coming spring 2015.

September 24, 2014

DC Breaks Ground at Keo Way

BDC broke ground this week on the Keo Way project in Des Moines. Keo Way is a 6,000SF renovation project with an additional 9,000SF of new build retail space opening the spring of 2015.

August 13, 2014

Park Avenue Completed, Tucson, AZ

BDC is excited to announce the on schedule completion of NEXT in Tucson, AZ. NEXT is a 250,000 sf, 15 story student housing high rise, which includes 163 apartments and 10,000 sf of retail space.

July 15, 2014

Madison Flats Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Des Moines, IA

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on July 15, 2014 at Madison Flats. Madison Flats is located at 1720 Indianola Avenue in Des Moines, IA and holds 27 market rate apartments.

June 5, 2014

BDC Breaks Ground on the Courtyards in Gainesville, Florida

BDC broke ground this week on the Courtyards project in Gainesville, Florida. The project consists of (2) 6 story building totaling 290,621 GSF, 169 apartments and 592 bedrooms. The Courtyards will open for the 2015 school year.

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May 12, 2014

Des Moines Social Club Grand Opening a Success

Congratulations to the Des Moines Social Club on a successful Grand Opening this weekend.

BDC was honored to be a part of the project, and wish you all the best going forward.

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April 30, 2014

Des Moines Social Club Grand Opening is May 10th

BDC’s historic rennovation of Firehouse #1 is coming to a close as the Des Moines Social Club will hold it’s Grand Opening on May 10th.

A restaurant, coffee shop, classrooms, art gallery, office spaces, and roof top patio are just a few features on the long list of amenities the space now offers.

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April 24, 2014

Market 1 Breaks Ground

BDC is excited to be the General Contractor for Market 1, a three story historic renovation in Des Moines. The groundbreaking was held Tuesday, March 22nd to kick off the project.

Class A office space and retail will make up the building. Geothermal and solar panels will be included to achieve LEED Platinum accreditation and a Net Zero status.

April 16, 2014

The Hub Wins Two Student Housing Awards

The Hub on Campus won Best New Off-Campus Development and Best Architecture Design at the Student Housing Innovator Awards.

Completed in July of 2013, The Hub on Campus is 19 stories with 637 beds and is full of various amenities.

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April 14, 2014

MALO Grand Opening

BDC wishes MALO Restaurant a successful Opening Night. We are very appreciative to have been a part of the project.

MALO is a 6,000SF Spanish/Latin Restaurant located in the first level of the Des Moines Social Club.

April 7, 2014

Beal Derkenne Construction: Breaking into the market

Commercial Construction: What’s ahead?

Renovation of downtown office spaces, large agribusiness projects, multifamily housing part of double-digit growth outlook for local contractors

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April 4, 2014

BDC Sponsors Lincoln Rugby Team

Beal Derkenne Construction is proud to be the primary sponsor of the Lincoln High School Rugby Team. New practice equipment was purchased to help prepare the team for the upcoming season. BDC also helped supply them with new jerseys.

Lincoln High School is part of the Central Iowa High School Rugby Metro League. BDC is excited to be a part of Lincoln High School Rugby and to help this young team grow. We look forward to watching the upcoming season.

For the team’s complete schedule visit the Iowa Youth Rugby Association’s website.

March 29, 2014

BDC Breaks Ground at 505 E. Grand

The official groundbreaking for 505 E. Grand took place yesterday, and BDC has begun site demolition for the two story, ofice and retail building that will be constructed on the corner of East 5th Street and Grand Ave. in Des Moines.

Raygun will be the anchor tenant of the building which is expected to be complete in February of 2015

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March 26, 2014

Market One to Commence May 1st

BDC is excited to annouce we will begin construction on Market One located in Des Moines, IA starting May 1, 2014. This 45,000SF historic building will contain Class A office space as well as retail space on level 1.

Market One will be a Net Zero buidling with Geothermal and Solar Panels. The adjacent parking lot will also be developed to include the use of Solar Panels. The building will be LEED Platinum.

March 10, 2014

DC Selected as General Contractor for Block 68 in Lincoln, Nebraska

IT IS OFFICIAL! BDC has been selected as the General Contractor for the Block 68 student housing project in Lincoln, NE at the University of Nebraska.

Block 68 spans an entire city block, covering about 430,000 gross square feet, with an 80,000 SF basement garage, post tension concrete podium deck, 5 levels of stick framed apartments and a 35,000 SF exterior amenity deck. Big thanks to CA Ventures, Argent, and NGC as we break ground this week!

March 3, 2014

DC Breaks Ground On University House Phase II

BDC officially broke ground on University House Phase II today. The 18 story, 72 unit student housing project shares the same site as University House (formely known as The Hub) which BDC completed in August of 2013.

Univeristy House Phase II is scheduled for a June 2015 completion date.

February 27, 2014

BDC Receives RED Award for Hub on Campus

BDC was awarded The Best Multi-Family Project Over 250,000SF at the Real Estate and Development Awards sponosred by AZRE Magazine.

BDC is honored to recieve this award, and is appreciative of all parties involved that made The Hub on Campus a huge success.

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January 3, 2014

Park Ave Topped Out

BDC is excited to announced that Park Ave Student Housing project officially topped out on 1/2/14.

Thanks to all subcontractors for helping BDC achieve this milestone on schedule.

December 31, 2013

BDC Receives TCO for DMSC Shop Building

BDC has received a TCO for the Des Moines Social Club Shop Building. This will allow their New Year’s Eve Bash to continue as planned. Workers have put in countless hours to meet the December 31st deadline.

Renovations in the HQ Building are nearing completion as well, and BDC plans to receive the TCO in the first part of January.

November 15, 2013

Norden Hall Row House Timelapse

View the Norden Hall Row House time lapse.

October 25, 2013

BDC Awarded University House Phase II

Beal Derkenne Construction is in the pre-construction phase for University House Phase II, which is adjacent to their recently completed project, The Hub.

The tower will be 18 stories and will be constructed to achieve LEED accreditation. BDC is set to break ground in March of 2014 and complete the project in July of 2015.

September 26, 2013

Norden Hall Row House Move is a Huge Success

Norden Hall Row House, a 440,000 lb, 110 year old, historic brick building was removed from it’s original foundation and moved to it’s new home at 425 E. Grand.

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September 13, 2013

BDC Receives Best Residential/Hospitality Project

ENR Magazine awarded BDC with the Best Residential/Hospitality Project for 2013 for their project, The Hub, in Tempe, AZ that was completed in August of 2013.

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February 4, 2013

Co-Owner, Andy Beal, Named to ENR Midwest Top 20 Under 40 of 2013

Each is among the rising stars selected as ENR Midwest’s Top 20 Under 40, an annual competition recognizing young design and construction professionals from the region who have made lasting contributions to their professions and communities

January 29, 2013

BDC Named one of 40 Companies to Watch For in Commercial Real Estate in 2013

The commercial real estate industry is gaining momentum. Looking back, 2012 was a strong year with the completion of various major projects and the ground breaking of a few others. Moving forward into 2013, here are 40 companies to watch:


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