The Bright Grandview Clubhouse located in Des Moines has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification for new construction [LEED-NC 2009]. The 13,214 square foot building opened in April 2012. The Clubhouse earned 43 total LEED points. The project design employs sustainable principles such as day lighting, water-use reduction, and low VOC-emitting materials.
This municipal golf course, built in 1902, was badly in need of a makeover. The original clubhouse was in need of maintenance and had undergone many unsympathetic renovations over the years. City officials made the decision to construct a new clubhouse that would revitalize the neighborhood, become a much-needed community center, and change the image of the historic golf course for the entire community. This was all to be accomplished within a modest budget.
The City of Des Moines demonstrated interest for the facility to be LEED certified prior to the selection of the architect. It was important for the Clubhouse to demonstrate principles of economic, social and ecological sustainability.
Currently, OPN Architects has over a dozen LEED certified projects completed, and more in the process of certification.