Serving as a cornerstone of the revitalization efforts in downtown Waterloo, Iowa, The Green@TechWorks is a three-building campus located along the Cedar River. Ryan was proud to provide master planning and expertise in historic rehabilitation and sustainability to help make this dream project a reality.
Donated to the City of Waterloo by Deere & Company, the Tech 2 building is the centerpiece of the new campus. Ryan completed renovations to the facility, which includes a 100-room hotel, a restaurant complex, a new John Deere regional training center and sustainable office space. The first building in what the City of Waterloo is classifying as a green zone for industrial and commercial business activity, Tech 2 has been designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification. To help achieve the goal of an entire campus powered by green energy, Ryan managed the underground utility and aboveground installation of a photovoltaic panel array and small wind turbine.
Because the buildings on campus are all historic, Ryan assisted the project developer, Financial District Properties (FDP), with its historical tax credits. Our team also coordinated with all the organizations that call the new campus home—John Deere, Techworks One, the University of Northern Iowa and Lubrication Technologies—to ensure all renovations met local, state and national historical guidelines.