Iowa Soybean Association
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
- 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