World Food Prize

Categories: Featured Projects, Historic Restoration, LEED/Sustainable
Owner: World Food Prize
Size: 48,000 sq. ft.
Year Completed: 2012
Architect: RDG Planning & Design
Delivery Method: Design-Bid-Build

Project Description

Neumann Brothers completed the renovation and restoration of the historic 1903 building in downtown Des Moines. The scope of work entailed the complete restoration and renovation of the building's interior and exterior shell as well as complete new mechanical and electrical systems. The project was completed in three construction phases.

Phases I and II included interior demolition, and complete historical restoration, new wood floors, plaster repair, historical paint restoration, installation of a new roof, two large skylights, exterior stone cleaning, stone pointing and restoration, restoration of all wood windows and a new exterior stone grand staircase on both sides of the building. Phase III included landscaping, granite, pavers, decorative concrete, ornamental fencing, irrigation and a large fountain. 

The World Food Prize became the first “Platinum” certified building within the state of Iowa and one of only a handful of century old buildings in the country to achieve this standard. The LEED “Platinum” standard is the highest possible rating by the U.S. Green Building Council. The building, constructed in 1899 was beautifully restored under the environmentally friendly standards. The building features 96 photo vaultaic solar panels to generate power, 101 geothermal wells for heating and cooling the building, and an 8,000 gallon tank that reuses water from the roof to flush water closets, urinals, and irrigate the garden. The use of technology was a key focus by the Owner on this project to transform the historical building into one of the City’s most energy efficient buildings.