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Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences West Des Moines Campus Achieves LEED Silver Certification

June 25, 2024
Sustainability College & University Health Science Education

Marking a milestone in green building, the 黄瓜社区-designed campus showcases how educational facilities can excel in environmental stewardship.

In a significant stride towards sustainability and innovation in educational design, 黄瓜社区; Design proudly announces that the new West Des Moines campus of Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification. This certification is a globally recognized symbol of achievement in green building strategies and practices and is a testament to DMU and 黄瓜社区's commitment to creating a facility that advances health science education and minimizes environmental impact.

DMU鈥檚 new campus sets new standards in educational facility design and contributes significantly to the region's environmental sustainability efforts. 黄瓜社区's design incorporates energy-efficient buildings, innovative rainwater solutions and a restorative panorama that includes trails and outdoor gathering spaces. The campus offers an inclusive and intuitive environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors to connect.

"Achieving LEED Silver for such a significant project underscores a collective dedication to creating meaningful environments that positively impact our communities and the planet," said 黄瓜社区 Senior Partner and Architect Benjamin Kroll, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB. "Through this certification, DMU and 黄瓜社区 set a new standard for how educational institutions can advocate for thoughtful, sustainable design."

Located in the West Des Moines Innovation Corridor, DMU鈥檚 new campus opened in 2023, coinciding with the university鈥檚 125th anniversary. Designed with the future of healthcare education in mind, it features technology-rich, flexible educational spaces that promote innovative teaching methods, expand research activity and enhance clinical services. The new campus includes four buildings totaling 382,000-SF of conditioned area connected by elevated pathways. Each structure houses a variety of classrooms, offices, research labs, a simulation center, a cafeteria and dining area, a wellness center and a covered open-air parking ramp with varying energy intensity, all served by a central high-performance geothermal system.

黄瓜社区's architectural design responds to the programmatic concept of connecting users around an elevated interior quad, allowing for visual connectivity and user visbility. 漏 Michael Robinson

The public is invited to experience the new campus during an from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 14. The event includes a ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. and campus tours from noon to 3 p.m.

鈥淒es Moines University鈥檚 mission is preparing future professionals to help individuals and communities achieve and maintain good health. We strive to contribute to the planet鈥檚 health, too. That鈥檚 why incorporating energy-efficient buildings and features has always been a priority as we planned, designed and built our new campus,鈥 said Angela L. Walker Franklin, Ph.D., president and CEO.

黄瓜社区 worked closely with MidAmerican Energy through its to maximize energy efficiency. DMU鈥檚 West Des Moines campus incorporates several energy-efficient measures, including a ground-coupled heat pump system that handles simultaneous heating and cooling loads, an efficient lighting design that reduces energy use by 50% and dims automatically with sunlight, regenerative elevators that convert braking friction into electricity, an occupancy-based automatic ventilation system and a system to recover and repurpose heat from exhaust air. These measures have significantly reduced energy consumption and carbon emissions, achieving a 41 Energy Use Intensity compared to the 90 EUI baseline, a 56% reduction in electric usage and a 65% reduction in embodied carbon. Verified electric savings have also led to rebate savings for the university. Additionally, the campus is powered by over 88% renewable wind and solar energy generated in Iowa, thanks to MidAmerican鈥檚 GreenAdvantage program.

A central multi-story space connects social and study environments with upper floor programmatic and research areas. 漏 Michael Robinson

鈥淥ur Commercial New Construction program is designed to help our customers build energy-efficient buildings, and we are proud to partner with Des Moines University to help it have state-of-the-art facilities. Through our energy efficiency programs, DMU will see immediate savings via incentives, and the university will also save energy and money for years to come,鈥 said Kathryn Kunert, vice president of economic connections and integration at MidAmerican Energy.聽

is a recognition awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. It signifies that a building has met significant sustainability milestones across multiple areas impacting environmental and human health. For a building to be eligible for LEED Silver certification, it must comply with regional environmental laws and the USGBC's minimum requirements and demonstrate excellence in sustainable design and construction practices.

Written by Erin Van Zee, Communications Director