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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 ...
11.08.19
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. The 32,000-square-foot addition and renovation, completed for …

10.21.19
Designing schools for tomorrow’s learner

Vicki Hyland, OPN’s K-12 Specialist and Planner, recently sat down with Cedar Rapids Community School District’s podcast, SKOOLD!, to share OPN’s approach to designing K-12 schools for “tomorrow’s learner,” a term that plays off of Cedar Rapids Community …

09.25.19
OPN a ‘Pioneering Pilot’ in the AIA 2030 Challenge

Over the past eight years, billions of square feet of projects have reported design performance data in an effort to evolve the industry to meet zero carbon goals by 2030. Research on these buildings and the technologies incorporated …

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 …

06.25.19
The Top Ten ways to exceed client expectations

Last week at the AIA Convention in Vegas OPN Sustainability Director, Tate Walker, presented ‘The Top Ten ways to exceed client expectations’. “During the last decade, I’ve used the COTE® Top Ten Measures of Design to frame and push projects further …

03.21.19
OPN Masterclass at Iowa State University Draws on Iowa Landscape

This year’s OPN Masterclass at Iowa State University — Graphic Anatomy of the Modern Epic: Case Study of Farming Iowa — was an intensive, four-day drawing workshop led by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Principal of Tokyo-based architecture firm Atelier Bow-Wow. …

03.07.19
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, says OPN Associate Principal Danielle Hermann. She felt that sense of awe in November 2018, when the Krause Gateway Center …

01.25.19
OPN’s Tate Walker presents COTE Toolkit at Living Future unConference

OPN Architects Sustainability Director Tate Walker will sit on a panel discussion with seven co-authors of The COTE Top Ten Toolkit at the Living Future unConference 2019  from April 30 to May 3, 2019, in Seattle. The Living Future unConference is …

01.25.19
OPN’s Tate Walker led development of COTE® Top Ten Toolkit

The COTE Top Ten is more accessible to every project now, thanks to a two-year-long effort co-led by OPN’s Sustainability Director Tate Walker. The COTE Top Ten Toolkit was devised and spearheaded by Walker, AIA, along with with Corey …

11.02.18
Pop-up exhibit explores the meaning of home

Home. It haunts and eludes us. A definition of home that describes a physical place with four walls and a roof — like a house or an apartment — fails to capture the breadth and meaning of that tiny, …