ISU Economic Development Core – Achieves LEED Gold Certification
The Iowa State University Economic – Development Core Facility, located on Iowa State University’s Research Park campus in Ames, Iowa is recognized for meeting the requirements to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certified, a status determined by “points” awarded for environmental consideration in design and human impact awareness. Contributing design factors focused on being energy efficient within the building, the materials and the site
This new corporate office brings a diverse group of previously separate services with a shared mission of supporting Iowa economic development together under one roof. The facility is designed around a core of collaboration spaces that support a wide range of interaction and engagement: social, professional, and educational; an approach that supports the clients’ desire to foster a culture of innovation, engagement and exchange – recognizing the value of people forming relationships.
It’s important to reflect on the positive influences LEED has had on our world of design. While some buildings may have been designed with the attitude of “what do we have to do to get enough points?” Others, such as the ISU Economic – Development Core Facility – have been intentionally designed with sustainable features in mind. This is evident from the moment one first approaches the glass-clad building. This eye-catching, translucent exterior allows natural daylight to flood the space. Views to Iowa’s sweeping landscape surround the site and can be seen from nearly any location in the building. A feature stair is centrally located to encourage occupants to be physically active, rather than wait for the elevator which is located out of obvious site. These are just a few of the many features that help create an enjoyable, healthy, and productive workplace.
Other sustainable features include a highly efficient mechanical system as well as efficient plumbing fixtures and thoughtfully selected building materials. The building also went through a building flush to reduce the indoor toxins prior to occupancy and an enhanced commissioning service to ensure systems were working properly. With respect to installed lighting, the building’s unit power density peaks at .68 watts per square foot and is further reduced by the engineered use of natural daylight.
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