The Hotel Millwright was recognized during the 2021 virtual Iowa Water Conference in April for their leadership and implementation of numerous green infrastructure stormwater practices as part of their redevelopment project. They are commended for their commitment to protecting and improving local water quality. Accepting the award were Jeff Popenhagen of the Amana Society and Rose Danaher with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
The Hotel Millwright team took a sustainable path from the very beginning of their redevelopment process. In addition to repurposing historic buildings into a modern hotel and using 100% green energy, they incorporated permeable pavers, native landscaping and a bioretention cell to treat a significant amount of the stormwater from the eight-acre complex. Stormwater treatment was important to project partners because the site sits on the banks of the historic Mill Race and is adjacent to Price Creek, an impaired waterbody that hundreds of rural landowners have worked to protect.