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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Friday, April 23, 2010 amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

DAS, DPS BUILDING ACCEPTS 'GREEN' AWARD
FROM U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL

Des Moines, IOWA --- Today, the Iowa Department of Administrative Services (DAS) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) accepted an award from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). In 2005, The Iowa Department of Administrative Services was tasked with retrofitting the DPS building and making it energy efficient. The DPS building is currently the only LEED Certified building on the State of Iowa Capitol Complex. The LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - Building Rating System is a voluntary, consensus based standard to support and certify successful green building design, construction and operations.

Iowa Governor Chet Culver said, “The State of Iowa is a national leader in green initiatives and we are proud that DAS and DPS are receiving this honor from USGBC. We are committed to raising awareness of renewable energy and green job creation.”

Ray Walton, Director of the Department of Administrative Services said, “We’re delighted to be recognized for this building. In addition to being LEED certified, the decision to convert an existing building rather than building an entirely new structure saved $2.5 million dollars for Iowa taxpayers.”

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Eugene T. Meyer said, “The employees of the Iowa Department of Public Safety are proud to work in such a beautiful and environmentally-friendly building. During the renovation, many of our DPS employees contributed with suggestions on how to make the building healthy and energy efficient.” DPS Building Code Commissioner Stu Crine was in attendance and accepted the award on behalf of Commissioner Meyer and the Department of Public Safety.

The current DPS building at 215 E. 7th Street was originally built in 1915 and was used as a branch house for the International Harvester Company of America.  It is believed that the lower floor was used as a showroom for the tractors and farm equipment the company produced, while the upper floors stored manufactured parts for the company.  The building was used for other purposes, including possibly as apartments, before the State purchased the building and began using it as the Records and Property Building. Construction on the new addition began June 1, 2005, and renovation of the existing building began later that fall.

The DPS building ribbon cutting and open house was held on Friday, June 8, 2007.

 

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