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12.02.20
Justice projects honored with AIA Justice Facilities Review Award
Polk County Criminal Courts and Madison Fire Station No. 14 have been honored by the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Justice with a Justice Facilities Review Award. These projects demonstrate quality of form, functionality, and current architectural ...
12.02.20
Justice projects honored with AIA Justice Facilities Review Award

Polk County Criminal Courts and Madison Fire Station No. 14 have been honored by the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Justice with a Justice Facilities Review Award. These projects demonstrate quality of form, functionality, and current architectural …

12.02.20
Madison Fire Station No. 14 wins USGBC Award of Excellence

Madison Fire Station 14 has been honored with an  Award of Excellence in Innovative Design, New Construction by the USGBC West North Central Region’s 2020 Community Leadership Award program. Fire Station 14, completed in the last few days of …

12.02.20
Library Journal features three OPN libraries

The pandemic closed many library’s doors this year, including two designed by OPN within days or weeks of opening for the first time. Despite these challenging times, we’re excited to see three of our projects featured in this …

12.02.20
2030 Commitment: More Needs to be Done

There is less than a decade remaining for the firms who committed to the American Institute of Architects’ 2030 Challenge to follow through on their pledge to achieve carbon-neutral buildings. This year’s numbers show there’s a need for firms …

10.06.20
Power Plant of the Year

DTE’s new Central Energy Plant, designed by OPN, on Ford Motor Co.’s Research and Engineering campus in Dearborn, Michigan goes beyond the envelope of modern distributed gas power by integrating heat and thermal energy storage to fulfill Ford’s …

09.30.20
Carbon in Architecture: Connecting the Dots in the Tool Kit

In 2019, AIA adopted the Framework for Design Excellence, which declared an urgent imperative to reduce carbon in the built environment. OPN Architects’ Sustainability Director Tate Walker was the lead author of the COTE Toolkit, which formed the foundation of …

09.14.20
OPN helps State of Wisconsin set new sustainability standards for capital projects

It’s not a coincidence that the State of Wisconsin and city of Madison are setting the example for municipalities and states who are committed to addressing risks to our communities’ health, safety and welfare through building projects and programs. …

08.21.20
COVID-19 is changing workplaces. Will the shift be permanent?

In March 2020, in what felt like an instant, many of us experienced a dramatic shift in how and where we work. With little time to plan, companies suddenly had their entire work force working remotely – many …

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 & …

01.21.20
3D scans see into eye of storm’s damage

Scans show dome beyond repair On Thursday, July 19, 2018 an EF-3 with a recorded 144 mph wind tornado hit the center of Marshalltown, Iowa leaving a path of destruction. The 1886-Marshall County Courthouse was one of the …