Environmental Impact Award Winner
The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates is recognized with a 2014 Environmental Impact award in the Commercial Construction Category.
This award is presented by Metro Waste Authority in partnership with Center on Sustainable Communities, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Des Moines Water Works, and MidAmerican Energy to honor those who continually demonstrate environmentally sustainable practices.
When the representatives of the World Food Prize Foundation chose to re-purpose the former Des Moines Public Library building, they made one of the greenest choices a building owner can make – reusing an existing structure. Not only did this decision reduce the amount of virgin materials and resources, but also preserved a piece of the cultural and historical fabric of Downtown Des Moines. One of only a handful of century buildings in the country to achieve LEED Platinum, this building also is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a reminder of the beauty of turn of the century classic Beaux-Arts style.
The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates is a national model of success for transforming treasured, aging buildings into usable, energy-efficient, technology-friendly facilities. View project