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'Best of the Best' Iowa Developments Honored

December 4, 2009

DES MOINES, Iowa - The 'best of the best' are being recognized in Iowa. The group 1000 Friends of Iowa, which promotes responsible land use planning, honors building projects every year - both new construction and redevelopment - for design, sustainability, and/or preservation qualities with its "Best Development" awards.

This year, a new category was added for commercial projects. The winner in that division is the Marshalltown Public Library. Carole Winkelblack, library director, describes the priorities they laid out for the new building.

"Things like water use, using recycled materials, good energy use - just a wide range of practices for building."

It has become the first LEED-certified public library in the state, meeting the standards of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. One reason, says Winkelblack, is the use of solar power.

"One obvious difference is, we have a photovoltaic array on the roof that provides part of our energy for the building, although you can't see it very readily from the ground."

In making the award, 1000 Friends of Iowa also cited the libary's creation of urban open space and the decision to keep it in the Marshalltown city center.

Other winners include the Durrant building in Dubuque as the best renovated commercial building, and Waterloo's Westfield Lofts as best renovated residential development. The Court Avenue Lofts in Des Moines won the honor for best new residential project.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - IA