The HKS-designed Aviva USA’s 360,000-square-foot headquarters has become the largest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified building in Iowa, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Aviva project becomes the 24th LEED Gold building in Iowa, and only the fourth in metropolitan Des Moines. Aviva USA is part of Aviva plc – the world’s sixth-largest insurance group, and the first global insurance company to become carbon-neutral.
The headquarters surrounds a central landscaped area for pedestrian-only activities. The complex includes a two-story commons building located to the north of an eight-story office tower. Featuring a curved glass wall, the commons building houses amenities such as training rooms, conference areas, dining areas and a fitness center. The public areas, enhanced by a sweeping wall of glass, overlook the landscaped park-like environment.
“Our team’s strategy was to help Aviva maximize its goal of making the sustainable environment an integral part of the culture,” said HKS principal designer Owen McCrory. “The building is sited to take full advantage of the surrounding native topography as well as to allow natural daylighting, scenic views and protection from harsh, winter winds.”