Iowa Soybean Association 
Ankeny, Iowa

Challenge: Design a new headquarters for this soybean promotion, advocacy, research, education and outreach organization. Create a design that represents the Iowa farmers who comprise the Board of Directors and the mission of the Iowa Soybean Association.

SVPA Solution: The exterior features red brick and limestone to recall the red barns of Iowa and the limestone foundations one often sees. The grain-bin like entrance clearly identifies the building's agricultural mission.

The interior of the grain bin also acts as the building's main rotunda, providing large, naturally-lit space for staff and visitors. New offices, lab and work spaace, training rooms and a board room are included. Soy-based materials such as insulation, carpet backing, and adhesives were used in construction.

Sustainable Design Techniques:

  • Geothermal heating and cooling system
  • Natural daylight into all spaces of the building, with high-efficiency glazing to manage solor heat gain
  • White roof material reduces heat absorption on the roof, reducing "heat island" effects
  • All stormwater runoff from the parking areas and the building is managed through bio-retention cells and water quality volume basins, which slows, cools and filters stormwater before it enters the municipal stormwater system

Completion Date: 2009

Project Size: 30,000 s.f.

Type of Delivery: Negotiated Contract

Project Team:

  • Scott Hatfield, AIA, IIDA
  • Robert Ormsby, AIA, LEED AP
  • Mark Steenhoek, Assoc. AIA
  • Sara Herman, IIDA, LEED AP
  • Kent Zarley, ASLA
  • BlueStone Project Management and Engineering
  • The Weitz Company
  • Waldinger Company

Became an SVPA client in: 2007

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