Iowa Veterans Museum

Waterloo, IA
  • Iowa Veterans Museum, Waterloo, IA

About This Project

In honor of Iowa’s Veterans, the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum was designed and constructed in Waterloo, Iowa. Its name commemorates the now-famous five Sullivan brothers originally from Waterloo, who lost their lives in World War II, when the ship they were all aboard was attacked and sunk. MODUS was honored to be chosen to help design and create a timeless venue to celebrate the lives of our service men and women.

MODUS was involved early in the design and worked close with specialty consultants to address the needs of the unique exhibits; including a P-51 Mustang fighter plane that hangs in the entrance. Given the significant amount of lighting required, great care was taken when selecting the appropriate fixtures to ensure proper lighting while conserving as much energy as possible. Occupancy sensors were also used throughout the office portion to cut down on energy costs.

The HVAC side of the design required attention to both meet code and work with the budget; much of which was funded through donations. To treat the large spaces, several packaged rooftops were employed, allowing the use of high efficiency motors and variable frequency drives (VFDs). The heating and cooling systems needed to be designed to handle both, the hottest, and the coldest days of the year. VFDs allow the units to reduce their output to handle the more moderate temperatures found throughout the majority of the year. These methods saved over 25% when compared to a code required building. The savings helps reduce the Museum’s annual energy costs, allowing them to spend more on exhibits.


Sullivan Brothers, Iowa Veterans Museum


Waterloo, IA




33,000 Sq Ft

Construction Cost

$11 Million

Completion Date

Fall 2008