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04.01.20
Project of the Year: Waunakee Public Library
Waunakee Public Library has been named Project of the Year and Best Development – Education in this year’s Commercial Design Awards, sponsored by InBusiness magazine. The vibrant, multipurpose new 40,000 square foot public library serves as a space ...
10.18.19
If you lived in 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 …

04.16.19
DeForest joins OPN Des Moines

In March, OPN welcomed Gabe DeForest to our Des Moines team. Gabe DeForest joins OPN as an architect. He has his masters of architecture from Kansas State University and nine years of experience in educational, healthcare, multli-family, and …

02.13.19
Two more join the OPN team

OPN continues its momentum of sustained growth with two new members of the OPN family — Chad Schumacher in the Cedar Rapids studio and Deidre Zihlman in the Des Moines studio. Chad Schumacher joins OPN as a construction …

01.25.19
OPN welcomes Kristin Lewis, AIA, to firm partnership

OPN Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of Kristin Lewis, AIA, to our leadership team as an Associate Principal. With a lifelong penchant for painting and drawing, Lewis says she knew she wanted to be an architect …

01.25.19
Katie Harms takes on Associate role at OPN

OPN Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of Katie Harms, AIA, to Associate. A registered architect for more than a decade, Katie joined OPN’s Cedar Rapids studio after graduating from Iowa State University in 2003. In her tenure …