Two AIA Sustainable Design Awards

RDG Planning & Design received TWO sustainable design awards presented at the 2010 Fall AIA Iowa convention in Des Moines, Iowa, Projects noted for their excellence in design are Iowa State University’s Morrill Hall Rehabilitation and College of Design King Pavilion, both projects are LEED certified.

The College of Design King Pavilion, recognized as a “Hope for the Future” Honor Award, is also certified LEED® Platinum. The design challenge was to create a small addition to the existing College of Design facility while also creating a “living laboratory” that demonstrates sustainability to the students housed within. The facility’s center volume allows natural daylight to penetrate deep into the center of the building to the lower level. Clerestory and full height corner perimeter windows capture daylight into each studio classroom. The building will essentially require no electric lighting during daytime hours. Automatic operable windows allow for natural ventilation and are integral with the mechanical control systems. The use of a vegetated roof on the facility reduces heat island affect and storm water management needs on the property.
Morril Hall, also located on ISU’s campus was honored with a “Cradle to Cradle” Merit Award. This collegiate facility, originally constructed in 1890 to serve as the college library, museum, chapel, and classroom spaces, has been revitalized and re-purposed into functioning, state-of-the-art classrooms and exhibit space. Morrill Hall is certified LEED® Sliver, and one of only a handful of LEED certified buildings in the country that is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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