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ISG Project Recognized with Best Development Award from 1000 Friends of Iowa – A Partnership with the City of Algona

Feb 11, 2019

The City of Algona, Iowa was recently awarded a Best Development Award by 1000 Friends of Iowa in the Stormwater Management Category for its Downtown Green Parking Lot Infrastructure Renewal project. Permeable pavers, native plants and trees, combined with water storage, all contribute to water quality improvement strategies for the community through this project.

The green infrastructure project showcases the City’s dedication to improving stormwater management. City Administrator, Curt Wisemen states,

“The City of Algona has committed to these types of projects and is trying to lead the way for our community. This project will serve as a great learning tool for the general public to see and understand the need for stormwater treatment and management.”

Designed by ISG’s multi-disciplinary team in Des Moines, Iowa, and led by Landscape Architect, Nathan Gruver, PLA, ASLA, the Downtown Green Parking Lot Infrastructure Renewal project was partly funded through grants from Water Resource Restoration Sponsored Projects through the State Revolving Fund (SRF) and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) Water Quality Initiative Urban Conservation Program.

This funding also allowed incorporation of a soil quality restoration, bioretention, and a stormwater wetland at another highly visible location that is currently under construction, and further reflect the City’s ongoing commitment to best management practices. Additional funding through the Water Quality Initiative (WQI) was secured for the project. A project ribbon cutting event will take place in spring 2019.

The Best Development Awards were established in 2001 to showcase development projects and programs in Iowa that best reflect the principles of smart growth, sustainability, and uphold the mission of 1000 Friends of Iowa.

The awards recognize the efforts of businesses, developers, cities, organizations, and individuals responsible for work in 12 categories. According to 1000 Friends of Iowa,

“The winners of the Best Development Awards are models of responsible development practices that provide benefits to the community, the environment, and the quality of life for future generations. The program is designed to bring attention to cities, companies, non-profit organizations, and individuals who demonstrate how responsible development and planning practices provide benefits to the community, the environment, and the quality of future generations.”

Additional ISG Des Moines metro news includes a recent 45th anniversary celebration, YP Organization of the Year finalist, Consulting Engineer of the Year Award to Project Manager, Nick Frederiksen from the Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa (APAI), as well as Heart of America Group’s unveiling event for the ISG designed development at 601 E Locust in the East Village. Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) services were also bolstered with a 2018 acquisition of Des Moines-based MEP firm, VGI Designs.

About ISG

ISG, a 100 percent ESOP firm, has a rich history, which extends over 45 years, of building trusting relationships with clients, stakeholders, and the community. As a full service architecture, engineering, environmental, and planning firm with professionals in offices throughout Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and South Dakota, ISG provides exceptional services, strategies, and guidance to a wide range of markets nationwide. ISG fosters strong collaboration between all firm disciplines providing clients a diverse knowledge base, high level of creativity, and broad perspective.

 

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