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09.16.19
Polk County Justice Center honored by AIA
The Polk County Justice Center Annex has been honored by the Justice Facilities Review with a Citation Award. Thirteen projects demonstrate the latest trends in the design and construction of justice facilities in the United States. Seven of the ...
12.12.19
Hancher: Celebrating collaborations

Three years after its grand and much anticipated opening, Hancher at the University of Iowa is still wowing audiences and award jurors. Hancher — designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in collaboration with OPN Architects — was awarded Project …

11.23.19
OPN Architects honored with 2019 Leadership Award from U.S. Green Building Council

OPN Architects is honored to be recognized — along with the City of Cedar Rapids — by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) with a 2019 Leadership Award for our partnership in building back better following the Floods …

11.13.19
OPN women lead effort to build inclusive industry

OPN Architects will be represented by three of the four newly elected board members nominated to lead Iowa Women in Architecture in 2019-2020. Eli Goll Eli joined OPN in 2014. She has a passion for experiential learning and …

11.08.19
United Township High School Student Life Center honored for outstanding design by Illinois School Board Association

United Township High School‘s new student life center will be featured at the Illinois Association of School Boards annual conference from Nov. 22 to 24 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. “United Township was very pleased with our OPN …

11.07.19
OPN celebrates WELL Accredited Professionals

We’re excited to congratulate several OPN team members, who recently became WELL accredited by The International Well Building Institute (IWBI). Congrats to: Project Architect- Elizabeth Seiberling Architect – Alex Streyffeler Sustainability Director -Tate Walker Architectural Intern – Thomas …

11.05.19
Vicki Hyland earns Accredited Learning Environments Planner Designation

OPN’s education specialist Vicki Hyland recently received the Accredited Learning Environments Planner (ALEP) designation, a mark of excellence developed to reflect the knowledge, skills and abilities of educational facility planners.  The ALEP credential was designed to elevate professional …

10.18.19
OPN earns Emerging Professional Friendly Firm distinction From AIA North Central States & Central States regions

As a firm committed to fostering the next generation of architects, OPN Architects is honored to have earned the designation of being an Emerging Professional Friendly Firm from both the American Institute of Architects North Central States Region and …

10.18.19
Associate Principal Justin Bishop honored as 2019 Forty Under 40

OPN celebrated Associate Principal Justin Bishop, AIA LEED AP, along with 39 other community leaders on Oct. 17 at the Corridor Business Journal’s 15th annual Forty Under 40 event. Justin has been a leader at OPN and in …

10.15.19
711 High Street renovation achieves LEED Gold certification

The multi-year renovation and re-imagination of Principal’s 711 High Street has achieved LEED Gold certification. 711 is a building of historic architectural significance, described by Architectural Record as the “Building of the Decade” in 1940. It was meticulously restored …

09.27.19
Five OPN projects honored with an AIA Iowa design award

OPN Architects was honored with five design awards at the AIA Iowa annual convention on Sept. 26. Polk County Juvenile Justice Center Excellence in Design | Merit “The scale of the new building was a vast improvement over …