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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 ...
02.20.20
Design for exploration’s sake at OPN Masterclass at Iowa State University

During this year’s OPN Masterclass at Iowa State University, 50 architecture students began their spring semester with a week of intensive workshops led by Cooper Union’s New York-based  architect, writer and educator David Gersten and co-collaborator at Arts Letters & …

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 …

12.05.19
An architectural homecoming for Thomas Thatcher

Thomas Thatcher has been involved in the design of the Johnston City Hall and Town Center since, “I got a little tap on my shoulder. ‘Would you be interested?’.” The answer was an enthusiastic “Yes” from this lifelong Johnston resident. …

11.25.19
Linn County’s Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Building opens in Cedar Rapids

The opening of the Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Building, home to both the Linn County Public Health and Linn County Child and Youth Development Services and name for two pillars of the community — Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris, was officially celebrated on …

11.22.19
Virtual reality brings 21st learning environments to educators

Educators know a  learning environment designed for the ever evolving needs of students isn’t about a magical number of square feet or incorporating the latest technological trend. Rather, it is about designing spaces conducive to today’s learning. Rows of …

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 …

11.04.19
Renovation supports mental health services in Johnson County

OPN was proud to join NAMI Johnson County in November when the mental illness support and advocacy non-profit celebrated its new R Place Peer Recovery Center with an open house and ribbon cutting. Renovated and updated by OPN’s Iowa …

09.25.19
Inclusive Design of new University of Iowa College of Pharmacy Goes Beyond Code Requirements

Universal Design principles — the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood, and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability, or disability — shaped …

04.05.19
Krause Gateway Center’s Very Grand Opening

There is awe in the experience of watching a building come to life exactly as you imagined it. – OPN Associate Principal Danielle Hermann. She felt that sense of awe in November 2018, when the Krause Gateway Center …

04.02.19
AIA Iowa People’s Choice Award celebrates the public’s role in architecture

Architects spend, at times, years designing and refining a project guided by design excellence principles, clients’ needs and wants, trends, and classic fundamentals. Throughout this process, a design lives only in our imagination. It’s not until a building …