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We create exceptional environments that meet our clients' most complex design challenges.

We inspire people through our work by expressing timeless cultural, organizational and personal values.

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We care about serving our clients, enriching lives, improving communities and protecting our natural environment through design.

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Illuminating a LEED Platinum Office Building

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Headquarters and Operations Center

Des Moines, Iowa, USA

“Knowing that this facility will be around for many, many years to come, we pushed ourselves to do more in terms of sustainability. ”

John Forsyth
Chairman and CEO, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield

The new headquarters is the world’s largest single owner-occupied office building to earn LEED Platinum certification.

The design of Wellmark’s headquarters enhances the physical and emotional health of the health insurer’s 2,000 employees.

An elliptical entry garden and visitor drop-off area carved deep into the building facade allows daylight to penetrate deep into the space.

The lighting design features include high-efficiency systems and controls that adjust lighting levels to accommodate changes in natural light. The lighting power density is 28 percent less than ASHRAE standards, contributing to energy-efficient strategies that create annual energy cost savings of nearly $240,000 for Wellmark.


LEED-NC Platinum


603,900 sq. ft. / 56,100 sq. m.


Facility Programming
Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Lighting Design
Master Planning
Structural Engineering


Engineering News-Record Midwest – Project of the Year

American Society of Landscape Architects Central States – Merit Award


Annual energy cost savings


Savings in energy costs



28 November 2011
“Blue Cross Raises a Green Shield”
Engineering News-Record

14 March 2011
“Wellmark Building Receives LEED Platinum Environmental Rating”