New Energy Freedom: Mason City (Concept Work)

Portfolio Category: Industrial

With a strong commitment to environmentally responsible fuel production, New Energy Blue’s plant will turn agricultural waste (corn stover) into bio-based ethylene that will eventually find its way from the New Energy Freedom facility in Mason City to Dow Chemical in Texas, to be turned into plastic products that can be used for a variety of purposes. This project is expected to displace tons of greenhouse gas emissions every year once completed.

Accord Architecture’s initial work at this facility involves the creation of a “campus building” that will house lab, office, and meeting space. With a focus on staying in touch with the environment, Accord’s design has a pedestrian plaza accessible and viewed from a sleek, ribbon window building. The architecture of this building has a horizontal emphasis, in keeping with the plains of Iowa from which the corn stover is derived.