2021 Best Development Awards

Two Award Winning Projects

We’re thrilled to have been involved in two projects that won 1000 Friends of Iowa’s 2021 Best Development Awards. Every year 1000 Friends of Iowa recognizes extraordinary development and redevelopment projects in several categories, including renewable energy. Ideal Energy contributed to two winning projects: Drake University’s Tom and Ruth Harkin Center and Kemin Industries’ Global Headquarters in Des Moines.

Tom and Ruth Harkin Center

The Tom and Ruth Harkin Center at Drake University, which houses the Harkin Institute, won Best of Show “for its comprehensive incorporation of smart buildings and development practices in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods.”

The Harkin Center combines multiple sustainability initiatives – including a 67.2 kilowatt solar array designed and built by Ideal Energy – with a new architectural approach to accessibility and inclusion called “universal design.” The Harkin Center is named in honor of former Senator Tom Harkin whose signature piece of legislation was the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Accessibility and sustainability were front and center in the building’s design. You can learn more about the Harkin Center here.

Above: The newly completed Tom and Ruth Harkin Center at Drake University featuring solar power and universal design.
Kemin Industries Global Headquarters

Kemin Industries, a global bioscience and nutritional ingredient company, won in the Renewable Energy – Private category for its 720 kilowatt solar installation at its Global Headquarters in Des Moines. The solar array – designed and built by Ideal Energy –incorporates active-tracking technology and bifacial panels. It powers 100% of the headquarters building. The installation serves as a flagship project and is being replicated at three of Kemin’s international locations. The organization has made an impressive commitment to sustainability with renewable energy — multiple international Kemin locations have added solar energy or are planning for upcoming installations.

For a full list of award recipients visit 1000 Friends of Iowa’s 2021 Best Development Awards page.

Top: Kemin Industries HQ building in Des Moines, Iowa is now fully solar powered. Bottom:Dr Chris Nelson, President & CEO, alongside Heather Christensen, Sustainability Coordinator recieving the 1000 Friends of Iowa Best Development award.

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