Lester Buresh Family Community Wellness Center earns AIA Iowa Honor Award

For the first time our firm’s history, OPN Architects is celebrating an AIA Iowa Excellence in Design Honor Award.


Lester Buresh Family Community Wellness Center

Excellence in Design | Honor

“Very clever and beautifully composed; not an easy program to do well. The proportions and character are really good.”  (Jury Comment)

Located in a residential neighborhood at the busy entrance to the school campus, it was critical that the community wellness center be transparent and welcoming. The design takes advantage of the site by nestling the gymnasium into the raised topography along the south to create a protected courtyard at the east and an entry plaza to the north.  These exterior spaces compliment the flexibility of the interior spaces and maintain the potential for a future pool expansion to the west.

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