The Vesterheim Commons is a new addition to the National Norwegian-American Museum and Folk Art School in Decorah, Iowa. The project plays an important role in collaboration with local community members and business partners in making Northeast Iowa a destination.
McGough played a pivotal role in this collaborative venture. Their Iowa-based team brought a wealth of experience to the project, resulting in exceptional outcomes for Vesterheim’s Commons building including an emphasis on utilizing local contractors from the Decorah area to be a part of the project. Local companies completed over 60% of the contract.
The stunning and honest architecture and natural materials honor the beauty of Decorah’s natural surroundings and have been created with a focus on sustainability. The design was also driven by programming that inspires community engagement and experiences, and it emphasizes the building as a cultural gathering place.