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February 18, 2022


The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement at Drake University has been awarded 'Best of Show' 2021 by 1000 Friends of Iowa.

Every year the 1000 Friends of Iowa selects the Best Development Award recipients, acknowleding developments that design for smart growth and employ sustainable practices. The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement was recognized in the special 'Best of Show' category for its comprehensive incorporation of smart building and development practices in one of the city of Des Moines' oldest neighborhoods.

Accessibility and sustainability was at the forefront of the site design for the Harkin Institute. Accessble parking was a key design driver in the site layout, with extra ADA parking stalls located close to each primary building entrance. Stormwater treatment and green infrastructure establish the character and aesthetic of the site, with a series of biorentention cells and native plantings surrounding the Institute and bringing awareness to sustainability in the everyday environment. The Harkin Institute is a Green Globes certified project.

Check out all the Best Development Award winners at this LINK.

Architecture: BNIM   //  General Contractor: Weitz  // Photography: Kelly Callewaert  //  In collaboration with Drake University