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Kirkwood Community College Student Center recognized for energy-efficient design

Alliant Energy recognized the Kirkwood Community College Student Center at Iowa Hall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as a recipient of the 2023 Excellence in Energy-Efficient Design Awards for outstanding efforts to reduce energy use.

Recipients are selected from projects whose designers participated in the Commercial New Construction program (CNC) offered by Alliant Energy and MidAmerican Energy Company. The program provides energy design assistance and energy efficiency incentives to commercial customers for new construction, additions and renovation projects in areas the two utilities serve.

OPN Architects Inc. and Design Engineers P.C. designed the student center. It achieves 47% annual energy savings when compared to the CNC program baseline. The new student center includes a renovation of an addition to the existing Iowa Hall and was designed to be the new hub of Kirkwood’s main campus in Cedar Rapids. A geothermal heat pump central plant provides heating and cooling. Improvements to insulation, lighting and ventilation systems contribute additional energy use savings.

Alliant Energy presented the award at the 2023 American Institute of Architects Iowa Annual Convention.

Alliant Energy is proud to partner with Willdan and MidAmerican Energy for the Commercial New Construction program. Alliant Energy and its partners are grateful to the American Institute of Architects for continuing to recognize and celebrate energy efficiency.

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