Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities

Ankeny, IA

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Architecture Overview:

Surrounded by a restored native Iowa tall grass prairie, this award-winning design saves 55% of the energy costs of a comparable code-compliant building. The building’s placement and orientation along an east-west axis maximize daylight and simplify solar control, and recycled, environmentally friendly materials are incorporated from the foundation to interior finishes. The project is a living laboratory and an important public model for sustainable design on a limited budget.

Sustainability Overview:

Designed before the LEED certification system was in place, this office and training facility used sustainable design methods to create a healthy and productive work space with minimal environmental impact. Surrounded by a restored native Iowa tall grass prairie, this award-winning design saves 55% of the energy costs of a comparable code-compliant building. Features include: daylight harvesting, geo-thermal heating & cooling, and a wetland septic system.

  • CLIENT: Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities
  • COMPLETE: July 2000
  • SIZE:
    21,400 Sq. Ft. of New Construction
  • AWARDS:
    • Eco Structures Magazine - Evergreen Flashback Award - 2008
    • Iowa Commerce / AIA Iowa - Iowa Business Award - 2003
    • "AIA Boston, Co-sponsored by AIA New York" - Honorable Mention BSA Design Award Program for Sustainable Design - 2003
    • AIA / COTE - Top Ten Green Projects - 2002
    • Portland AIA - Building Excellence in Sustainable Design Architecture and Energy Portland AIA - 2001
    • Iowa Governors Office - Environmental Excellence Award for Energy Efficiency - 2001
  • SUSTAINABLE: Certified Energy Star - 98/100
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