The city of Des Moines just celebrated a landmark environmental milestone, with enterprise firms Wellmark and Principal Financial Group both developing LEED-certified buildings in the downtown area. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification program recognizes green building practices and each of the companies adhered to the standard in exchange for financial incentives.
The move marks a turning point for the city over the past few years, with Wellmark’s campus achieving LEED platinum status in 2011, the highest certification possible. The achievement was even greater for the city since it was the largest single-occupancy office building in the world to earn the designation. Principal Financial is following suit with a $400 million LEED-certified project that will renovate three downtown buildings.
Des Moines is a perfect example of the importance of sustainability and green building practices, and not just for enterprises. Government building projects are increasingly following green and LEED building practices, all while meeting the challenge of providing better services with tighter budgets. And the federal government in particular has been a major cloud adopter, thanks to its Cloud First policy and other mandates. As the U.S. migrates greater amounts of infrastructure to the cloud, ensuring proper networking and system architectures are in place is key to long-term sustainability and cost effectiveness.
Panduit, a company specializing in providing unified network and electrical infrastructures for a variety of industries, is one of the companies working with the government on sustainable building practices. Panduit offers a Unified Physical Infrastructure (UPI) approach to systems architecture that directly addresses sustainability along with availability and security.
Sustainability in building is promoted through the use of a variety of converged and interoperable technologies, which help reduce capital and operational expenses. This type of unified approach to architecting physical and logical networks is absolutely critical as the government migrates to the cloud. And Panduit actually practices what it preaches, building a LEED Gold Certified world headquarters facility in Tinley Park, IL in 2011. The building is a testament to the importance of sustainability and green building practices as cloud networking architectures evolve.
Edited by Maurice Nagle