Athene USA 
West Des Moines, Iowa
Design Architect: HKS
Architect of Record: SVPA Architects

Challenge: Athene USA is one of the fastest-growing companies offering life insurance in the United States and needed to consolidate their Des Moines operations on to one campus. The design team’s challenge was to create an iconic design for the company that not only served their needs and met requirements for LEED Gold Certification, while allowing for future expansion .

SVPA Solution: The design team divided the facility into a two-story commons building and a eight-story office tower. The commons building houses amenity spaces such as the main entry, cafeteria, kitchen and servery, training spaces, and miscellaneous employee services. The office tower is primarily open plan space with some offices and building support spaces. A sub-grade level of the office building houses some underground parking, service entrance and associated support spaces, data center / print room, and fitness center. Building materials include glass curtainwall, precast concrete panels, native stone, and metal trim. The project achieved LEED Gold Certification.

Sustainable Design Techniques:

  • Under floor air distribution in the office tower
  • High efficiency glass
  • Sun screens
  • Daylight harvesting
  • Energy recovery ventilators
  • Low flow and dual flush toilets
  • High value wall and roof insulation
  • Bioswales and retention ponds

Completion Date: 2010

Project Size: 390,000 s.f.

Type of Delivery: Negotiated Contract

Project Team:

  • Scott Hatfield, AIA, IIDA
  • Robert Ormsby, AIA, LEED AP
  • Ron Paskach, AIA, LEED AP
  • Sara Herman, IIDA, LEED AP
  • Jones Lang LaSalle
  • HKS, Inc.
  • Confluence
  • Charles Saul Engineering
  • KJWW Engineering Consultants
  • Cooper Crawford & Associates
  • Snyder & Associates
  • Forcade Associates
  • Smith & Boucher
  • Coffee Fricke & Associates
  • Curtain Wall Design Services

Became an SVPA client in: 2007

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