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Iowa Labs Facility Earns LEED Certification

For Immediate Release: December 11, 2013
Contact: Caleb Hunter 515-725-2017

 Iowa Labs Facility Earns LEED Certification

ANKENY – Today, the Iowa Department of Administrative Services (DAS) announced the certification of the Iowa Laboratory facility in Ankeny, IA as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified by the US Green Building Council. U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green certification system is an international program that rates the design, construction and operation of green buildings.

The 176,000 square foot Iowa Laboratories Facility is located on the DMACC Ankeny Campus and houses the following divisions of state government:

•             The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Laboratory Facility
•             The Iowa Department of Public Safety - Division of Criminal Investigation
•             The Iowa Department of Public Health - State Medical Examiner
•             The State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa

The facility opened in 2005 with a total construction cost of approximately $51,800,000. During construction of this facility more than 50% of the construction waste was diverted from the landfill, which is a key metric in attaining LEED certification. Recent energy efficiency efforts have cut energy use 32% compared to an FY08 baseline. Some of the facilities’ sustainability features include efficient lighting and controls, water-conserving fixtures, prairie landscaping and an integrated pest management plan. The facility also achieved credits for using recycled materials, locally harvested and manufactured materials, low VOC-emitting (volatile organic compound) materials and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified wood products.

“DAS is pleased to receive LEED certification from the US Green Building Council. This award represents the tireless works of many individuals in pursuing this achievement,” said Doug Woodley, COO of the DAS-General Services Enterprise. “DAS Construction strives for quality, value and energy efficiency for the taxpayers in each state owned building and the Iowa Labs LEED Certification is an excellent example of those efforts.”

“The USGBC Iowa Chapter is excited to present Iowa Laboratories Facility with a plaque recognizing their achievement of LEED Certification. This certification is quite an accomplishment given the diversity of functions this facility provides for the State of Iowa,” said Jennifer Voorhees, Chairperson of the Iowa Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Dr. Don Simmons, Manager of the State Hygienic Laboratory stated, “The State Hygienic Laboratory – Ankeny Laboratory is extremely proud of receiving LEED certification as part of the Iowa Laboratory Facilities and its neighboring agencies.  This is a remarkable accomplishment to have state-of-the-art facilities that provide the citizens of Iowa with the highest quality laboratory services possible.”

“The Department of Public Safety is very pleased that the Division of Criminal Investigation Crime Laboratory has such a wonderfully advanced facility to operate out of,” said DCI Director Charis Paulson. “LEED Certification is another indicator that the ILF is a topnotch laboratory facility built with the latest technology in building design and managed with efficiency of operation and the environment in mind.”



About Mr. Woodley:
Doug Woodley serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the General Services Enterprise of the Department of Administrative Services. The General Services Enterprise manages the State of Iowa’s Design and Construction Bureau, Capitol Complex Maintenance, Real Estate Leasing, and Fleet and Mail Services. He has been in this position since March, 2011. Prior to joining DAS, Woodley was with the Principal Financial Group. Woodley has several years of experience in both the public and private sectors.

About Dr. Simmons:
Dr. Simmons serves as Laboratory Manager of the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) Ankeny laboratory with oversight of Environmental Health and Biomonitoring programs. Dr. Simmons has worked for SHL since 1998. He is a technical supervisor of several sections in the Ankeny laboratory, including Blood Lead Testing, Metals by Inductively Coupled Mass Spectrometry, and Industrial Hygiene. He is a Lab Certification Appraisal Officer for the drinking water and wastewater programs. He is the technical leader for the Newborn Screening of Metabolic Disorders by tandem mass spectrometry and provides technical expertise in Chemical Terrorism response.

Dr. Simmons earned a B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Oklahoma in 1985. He went on to earn M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in analytical chemistry in 1989 and 1994, respectively. He completed a two-year Environmental Health fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1996 to 1998 developing research programs in new blood lead technology and childhood lead poisoning prevention.

About Director Paulson:
The Division of Criminal Investigation is under the direction of DCI Director Charis M. Paulson.  Charis was appointed to this position on November 1, 2012.

Charis has been a member of the Division of Criminal Investigation since 1994 and has held Special Agent positions in both the Gaming Bureau and Major Crime Unit.  She was promoted to Special Agent in Charge of the Central Iowa Gaming Unit in 2005 and was promoted to Assistant Director in charge of the Gaming Bureau in November of 2007.  On October 1, 2010, she transferred to the position of Assistant Director of the Field Operations Bureau, a position she held until her promotion to Director.

Charis is a 1990 graduate of Buena Vista University with a degree in Business Administration and a 1992 graduate of Drake University where she received her Master's degree in Business Administration. Charis is also a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command, Drake University's Certified Public Manager Program, the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations School, and the Iowa Association of Business and Industry’s Leadership Iowa Program – Class of 2009-2010.

Charis is married to Daniel Paulson, an investigator for the West Des Moines Police Department.  They have three children:  Kayla – 14  and  twins Justice & Jaedyn – 12.

About the State Hygienic Laboratory:
The State Hygienic Laboratory, as Iowa’s public health and environmental laboratory, is dedicated to protecting and improving quality of life by providing reliable environmental and public health information through the collective knowledge and capabilities of our organization.