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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 ...
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
OPN celebrates United Way’s annual campaign

Each year our Des Moines and Cedar Rapids studios participate in a creative week-long fundraising effort on behalf of the United Way.  Supporting United Way is one way OPN is invested in the well-being of our communities. At …

11.04.19
OPN mourns Jim Miller’s unexpected passing

Our OPN family is grieving a loss after the unexpected passing of our friend and colleague Jim Miller on Nov. 1. A native of Osceola, Jim knew he wanted to be an architect when he received his first …

10.18.19
Real Success podcast featuring David Sorg

“One of the things I’ve always admired about the field of architecture is its balancing act. A great architect must meet the immediate needs of their client, while also taking into consideration the lasting impact of their design …

10.18.19
If you lived a kindergartner’s city, it might look like this …

Most parents and teachers have probably wondered at least once just what might be going on inside the mind of a five year old. Earlier this month, OPN Project Architect, Joe Feldmann, asked his son’s kindergarten class to draw …

10.11.19
OPN Architects Retreat 2019

Each year all four of our studios take two days to gather as one OPN. This year we enjoyed all the barbeque, jazz, sports, and, of course, architecture, that Kansas City, Missouri, is known for. Treasured landmarks in …

09.16.19
Vivian Masters joins Des Moines studio

OPN’s Des Moines studio has a new receptionist. Everly-native Vivian Masters has made Des Moines her home for several decades. Extremely active in the community, she volunteers for the Des Moines Art Festival, Iowa Craft Beer tent, and …

09.06.19
OPN team grows by three

We are thrilled to welcome three new designers to our OPN family. Paige Sivinski joins the Des Moines team as an Intern Architect. Paige graduated from Iowa State University this year with a bachelor of architecture degree. She …

05.22.19
David Sorg is OPN’s first WELL AP

We’re excited to congratulate OPN Principal, David Sorg, who recently became WELL accredited by The International Well Building Institute (IWBI). WELL’s unique focus is on the personal health inadequacies caused by the modern office. The WELL Building Standard …

05.22.19
Canned food fights hunger

The theme of this year’s Canstruction at Valley West Mall in Des Moines may have been Heroes and Villains, but OPN Architects’ partners whose generous donations each year make it possible for our team to buy thousands of …