Sustainable Design Award

Iowa State University’s State Gym Expansion and Renovation was honored with a sustainable design award of excellence by AIA Iowa at the chapter’s Fall convention.

This project started with the most sustainable strategy a project can implement – the adaptive reuse of an existing historic structure. The original building was repurposed, and materials were reused in a variety of ways – including salvaging the existing wood flooring from the basketball court and reusing it in the SRC’s new casework.

The overriding approach to sustainable design was holistic, impacting a variety of resources – energy, water, materials, and people, and is the only LEED Platinum Certified Recreation Center of its size in the world. To achieve this, the designers utilized computer simulation to model energy and daylight through all design phases. Resulting in a building that reduces energy use by nearly 40%. The building’s fenestration expresses high performance design through optimizing daylight penetration while minimizing solar heat gain and glare. Over 80% of the buildings area exceeds LEED daylight levels. Click HERE for more information

Jury Statement:
“The building manages to meet high sustainability goals while sensitively engaging an existing building and doing it all with an assured and understated design.”

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