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KJWW designs Iowa’s top energy-saving new commercial building


Fri, October 16, 2015

KJWW Engineering project performed No. 1 in energy efficiency among commercial new construction projects in Iowa -- one of two 2015 Excellence in Energy Efficient Design Awards received by the firm during the Iowa AIA Convention Awards Gala Oct. 15 in Des Moines. The awards are presented by the utility companies in the state to recognize projects in their rebate programs that achieve exceptional energy efficiency each year.


The No. 1 performing project -- the University of Iowa Stew and Lenore Hansen Football Performance Center -- consists of the new Football Operations Building and attached Indoor Practice Facility, both designed by KJWW. Together these facilities are modeled by The Weidt Group to use 66 percent less energy than the ASHRAE 90.1.2007 baseline as part of the MidAmerican Energy Commercial New Construction Program. A MidAmerican Energy Incentive of $743,200 resulted in an adjusted incremental energy investment construction cost of $875,604. With annual energy savings versus baseline projected at $356,157, the energy investments have a payback projection (with incentive) of just 2.5 years. The project is pursuing LEED Silver.


Also performing in the top 10 was the Decorah High School addition and renovation, also designed by KJWW. It received an Energy Efficient Design Award from Alliant Energy.


This year more than 80 projects were eligible to receive awards for participating in the utility companies' new construction programs, which provide complimentary energy design assistance and financial incentives to help offset the cost of implementing energy-efficient strategies. The programs help building developers and owners optimize energy efficiency strategies in the design stage, before equipment has been selected, ordered and installed.


Learn more about the University of Iowa Stew and Lenore Hansen Football Performance Center and the Decorah High School expansion and renovation.