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Designing for Today, Preparing for Tomorrow

Good design is sustainable. A thoughtful, data-driven approach leads to resilient spaces that benefit occupants, communities, and the planet.

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The Stakes Are High

The built environment accounts for nearly 40% of greenhouse gas emissions, placing responsibility on anyone undertaking a building project. With that responsibility comes an opportunity to create a positive impact. Your architect should guide you through the design process and help you enhance your project’s potential.

Market One in Des Moines, a LEED Platinum building

Approach to Sustainable Design

No matter your project size, you can implement sustainable design solutions. From the start, we'll help you establish goals and understand your options. Our in-house Sustainability Team will join the process to aid energy modeling and find creative ways to maximize value. In the end, you’ll benefit from lower operating costs, improved occupant health, and greater resiliency.

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Sustainability by the Numbers

We work closely with you to find sustainable design solutions that adapt to your changing needs. This approach has led to measurable results and industry recognition.


24 LEED Certified Projects

Our experience with green building rating systems runs deep. With 25 LEED-accredited professionals on staff, we have the technical understanding to guide you through the certification process.


2 COTE Top Ten Awards

Market One and Iowa City Public Works each earned a national COTE Top Ten Award, the highest honor for design and sustainability.


1st Fully Certified Living Building in Iowa

The Stanley Center for Peace and Security is on track to be Iowa’s first fully certified Living Building, the most rigorous measure of sustainable design.

Creating an Enduring Impact

Sustainable design is only made possible through partnerships with forward-thinking clients. We’ll help you discover solutions that strengthen your community, improve the health of your occupants, and reduce your carbon footprint. Together, we can create a more just, equitable, and sustainable world.

Interior of a mass timber building in Des Moines, Iowa

Start Building Green

You deserve a resilient, high-performing space. Let’s help you get there. Schedule a call with an architect to discuss your project and goals. We typically respond within 2-3 business days.