On average, we spend 90% of our time indoors, often exposing us to high pollutant and contaminant levels. As research continues to unveil the link between the built environment and human health, designers are striving to minimize risk and promote occupant well-being.
School renovations can be complex. In addition to existing building conditions, design and construction teams must manage tight schedules and intricate phasing plans to maintain operations for students.
The built environment accounts for nearly 40% of greenhouse gas emissions, making it one of the biggest obstacles in the fight against climate change. Most buildings rely on non-renewable fuel sources like coal, oil, and natural gas, and in the coming years, we must find ways to switch to carbon-free alternatives.
Water scarcity is a serious issue across the globe, with many areas facing severe shortages and compromised quality. Even areas with abundant precipitation are at-risk due to climate change and the continued use of aquifers.
With construction approaching substantial completion in the fall of 2023, the US District Courthouse for the Southern District of Iowa is anticipated to open its doors to the public in late spring 2024. The building, which broke ground in 2019, will provide nine courtrooms, 13 chambers, workspaces for the Southern District of Iowa Judiciary, a Circuit Court of Appeals library, and spaces to serve several other Federal agencies.
Sustainable design is always innovating, with priorities shifting to address the growing climate crisis. In recent years, new practices have emerged that improve occupant well-being, minimize waste, and increase resiliency in the face of climate change.
In June 2023, the Stanley Center for Peace and Security opened its new headquarters in Muscatine, Iowa. The project is tracking to achieve a full Living Building Certification, making it one of 36 buildings and the second renovation project to achieve this title.
In August 2023, the Iowa Conservatory will open its doors to students. The performing arts school, located in Iowa City’s Northside neighborhood, will offer unique educational paths for high-school students to expand their creative interests.
Last month, the Stanley Center for Peace and Security opened its new headquarters to the public. The completed building in downtown Muscatine is designed to meet the standards of the Living Building Challenge (LBC)—the most rigorous measure of sustainable design.