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DMU receives $1.2 million rebate for innovative, sustainable space


Angela Franklin, Des Moines University president and CEO, accepted nearly $1.2 million in construction rebates during a MidAmerican Energy event last week. The savings are from participating in MidAmerican Energy’s Commercial New Construction program, which offers companies that are expanding or building new facilities free energy modeling and design services, along with construction rebates based on verified electric savings from the systems they install. Des Moines University implemented energy-efficient commercial systems in the buildings on its new West Des Moines campus at 8025 Grand Ave. The university moved its 10 graduate medical and health sciences degree programs and research enterprise to the new campus in June 2023, in conjunction with its 125th anniversary. LEED-certified at the silver level by the U.S. Green Building Council, the facilities are 54% more energy efficient than average buildings of the same size, allowing the university to also save on operational costs. “Des Moines University’s mission is preparing future professionals to help individuals and communities achieve and maintain good health,” Franklin said in a prepared statement. “We strive to contribute to the planet’s health, too. That’s why incorporating energy-efficient buildings and features has always been a priority as we planned, designed and built our new campus.”

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