The Hottest Pizzeria in Town
The company’s name and brand identity are inspired by characteristics of the pitch black coal used to bake the pizzas and are brought to life through the space’s design. Repurposed wood paneling wraps the centrally‐located open kitchen, where the glowing coal‐fire oven within takes center stage and provides a mesmerizing performance as the charred white‐hot coals smolder. “Jewel boxes” are cast into the custom concrete table tops to display chunks of coal and large scale contemporary artwork featuring images of coal infuse the historic space with a modern feel. Additional details further reinforce the integration of the brand identity, such as the illuminated bench backs and the orange art glass pendant lights in the restrooms whose reflection on glossy black wall tiles resemble the pizza oven’s coal‐fire flames.
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Honors + Awards
2011 IIDA Great Plains Idea Gold Award, Hospitality/Retail/Spa/Wellness
As part of the historic renovation of the former Dundee Dinner Theater, Pitch Coal‐Fire Pizzeria brings a new kind of show to the circa 1917 structure whose past uses include a movie theater, a 1920’s automotive garage, and
a dinner theater.
Photography by: Thomas Kessler
AIA CSR Awards
September 28, 2020
At the 2020 (virtual) AIA Central States Awards The Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center picked up a Merit award in the Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse category and the jury commented: “We enjoyed the Hoff Cultural Center for its ability to abstract the new…to expose the historical.” Congrats to Pottawattamie Arts, Culture and Entertainment and the entire project team!
Say It Loud
September 10, 2020
Congratulations to our own Jenny Zimmer, Jean Vacha and Megan Lutz for being featured alongside other deserving designers in this year’s Say It Loud – Beyond the Built Environment Online Exhibition. Follow the link to view the entire selection of winners!
September 3, 2020
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July 29, 2020
Congratulations to Swanson Elementary, which was recently honored by the IIDA Great Plains Chapter. Click the link below to see more photos and all the deserving winners!
July 28, 2020
Click on the link below to read about the innovative approach to landscaping being implemented at Millwork Commons called ‘biophilic design’. Our own Megan Lutz breaks it down.
July 23, 2020
For the continued health and safety of our clients and employees the APMA office will remain closed through October 1, 2020. Rest assured our team is focused on providing a great client experience even as we continue to work remotely during this time.