AIA Iowa Office

Des Moines, IA

Services provided on this project:

Architecture Overview:

This office remodel provides a highly visible first floor space in a downtown office building with extensive day-lighting and greater public visibility for the AIA Iowa, its programs and the architecture profession it serves. Since the AIA Iowa needed the space to function as a work space and as a hub for meetings, social events and educational/promotional events, the design team created a flexible, translucent and spacious environment. A web-based kiosk was installed for members and the public alike to learn more about the design process.

Engineering Overview:

The mechanical and electrical design was restricted to using the building’s central electrical distribution and mechanical systems. A variable volume air handling by-pass system was used to provide temperature control to handle the range of occupancy from a staff of 5-7 individuals to a board meeting hosting 25 and up to a reception with 100 attendees. RDG also documented the integrated design process for the facility and produced a video that is used by AIA Iowa to promote how they incorporate and benefit sustainable design practices in their new offices.

Graphic Design Overview:

RDG worked with RDG's interior designers to create a cohesive and inspiring office environment while incorporating elements from the AIA brand to ensure recognition of their new space. The solution included honor wall graphics, translucent office dividers, custom conference room wallpaper, reception area identity, as well as, window graphics.

Interior Design Overview:

The interior design team managed the LEED documentation for this project.  Exemplary Performance points were achieved for rapidly renewable material utilizing cork flooring , and high percentages of recycled content  in seating, carpet and workstation components. Many materials and furniture pieces were procured locally to reduce environmental impacts resulting from transportation.

Lighting Design Overview:

The lighting systems installed in this space allow for a task / ambient system that dynamically responds to the amount of daylight entering the space.  At all times, the users will be able to control the ultra low LED task lighting for maximum user control and visual comfort.

Sustainability Overview:

  • CLIENT: American Institute of Architects
  • COMPLETE: May 2009
  • SIZE:
    2,300 Sq. Ft. Renovation
    • Illuminating Engineering Society - The Osram Sylvania Energy and Environmental Design Award - 2010
    • The Communicator Awards - Award of Distinction Signage/Environment Graphics - 2010
    • IIDA Interior Design Excellence Awards - Gold Award for Sustainable Environment - 2011
  • SUSTAINABLE: Certified LEED for Commercial Interiors v2.0 - Platinum
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