Van Meter Offices Receive Award

MidAmerican Energy Recognizes Ryan Companies & Design Engineers with 2012 Excellence in Energy Efficient Design Award

Ryan Companies U.S. has been selected by MidAmerican Energy to receive a 2012 Excellence in Energy Efficient Design Award for the new Van Meter industrial office and warehouse in Iowa City.

The award was handed out on Sept. 27 at an awards celebration during the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Iowa Convention. The award recognizes excellence in building design that creates significant and measurable energy savings through sustainable design practices.

The new Van Meter Inc. building is a 22,840-square-foot, $3 million facility located on Ruppert Road in Iowa City. The building’s sustainable design includes 60 rooftop solar panels that produce 14 kilowatts of power. Other energy-saving features include a geothermal HVAC system, daylight harvesting system, LED lighting in office spaces, a building power monitoring system, high R-value insulation and two electric vehicle charging stations. During the winter months, even the truck docks are heated with geothermal energy.