River’s Edge Pavilion

Council Bluffs, Iowa

3,400 GSF Building
1,900 GSF Deck

Conceptualized as a “front porch” for the revitalized riverfront area, the River’s Edge Pavilion connects the Bob Kerry pedestrian bridge with the Iowa Riverfront Trail system.

A space for the community to host events and activities, the building blends the outdoors with modern amenities including a public-use meeting room, public restrooms, and patio areas. The first floor features heating and cooling, tables and chairs, a catering kitchen, private restrooms, an audiovisual system, and an outdoor deck. The rooftop deck allows up to 122 guests a spectacular view of the surrounding park all the way to the Omaha skyline.


  • HVAC system is a single heat recovery variable refrigerant volume (VRV) outdoor unit that serves the community room and support spaces, ensuring adequate comfort levels for guests.
  • Wet sprinkler system provides fire protection for the entire facility.
  • Designed low-voltage system rough-ins, including telecommunications and audiovisual systems.
  • Winner of the 2018 AIA Nebraska Merit Award for excellence in architecture.

Photography credit: Corey Gaffer

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