CJG wrote:I was out for a run on a Saturday afternoon and wasn't in quite as good of shape as I thought. I got to the Z-shaped Principal building downtown with the cool (pun intended) mist fountain. I sat down to catch my breath and rest my aching shins. A corporate cop came and told me that I had to leave as the open space was private property - not that there was anyone else even in sight on a Saturday afternoon. So that's how we are treated after all of the tax breaks and incentives we give these corporate citizens? At least we can still walk by on the sidewalks.
hawk61401 wrote: Nothing wrong with security, but I think some of our corporate citizens take it too far.
DMRyan wrote:Hmm, I don't recall retail ever being a part of the Wellmark project. They always intended the "mixed use" portion of the project to be the daycare and fitness center components.
Wellmark headquarters first of its size to earn top environmental certification
Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield's corporate office in Des Moines has received LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which makes it the only LEED Platinum certified office building of its size in the world, the company said today in a news release.
Wellmark set a goal to reduce administrative expenses by 5 percent on an ongoing basis, as a direct result of efficiencies gained by moving to this building.
"Cost and paybacks were heavily weighted in every decision concerning Wellmark's building," said Dave Southwell, Wellmark chief financial officer. "Without convincing calculations to back them up, this building would not have been built. We expect the building will pay for itself in approximately 10 years. We've already realized $10 million in savings, which is halfway to our 5 percent goal."
DMRyan wrote:The old Iowa Health Systems Foundation office building at 15th and Ingersoll is getting demolished to make way for Wellmark's intended green space to the west of their headquarters. This is land that will be put into a holding pattern until the right project comes forward.
Shumakerlevy wrote:As much as I like a nice, green lawn...I was hoping that the site to the east of Subway would have been developed with a beautiful, modern building of some sort. But....at least some attention is being paid to it now.
Hopefully the trees/landscaping that are created will be substantial so that it adds instant pazazz...rather than something tiny/cheap and taking years to mature.
This is all better than a poke in the eye, I suppose....
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