The American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter (AIA Iowa) has recognized Delta Dental of Iowa Headquarters in Johnston, Iowa with a Merit Award for design. The OPN design established a visible presence for Delta Dental along Interstate 80/35. Designed to be energy-efficient, flexible, and expandable, the building features open and private office spaces, a large board room, conference, and support spaces. The exterior of the building is clad in a terra cotta rainscreen system; selected for its modularity, speed of installation, and visual warmth of the material. The terra cotta panel size sets up an organizational grid that is carried through the entire building.
The winners of the AIA Iowa Excellence in Design Awards during an Award Celebration held Thursday, September 26, at the FFA Enrichment center in Ankeny. These awards recognize excellence in architecture and emphasize the importance of the profession in Iowa’s communities. The 2013 AIA Iowa Awards Celebration took place in conjunction with the AIA Iowa Annual Fall Convention held at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines. The 2013 Convention, “Feedback,” focused on sustainable architectural design, engineering and architecture integration, environmental and cultural influences and computer aided research in architecture.