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04.08.22
OPN Architects expands to Minneapolis
Throughout our 40 year history, OPN Architects has fostered an entrepreneurial spirit by consistently nurturing talent and embracing opportunity. OPN’s latest expansion exemplifies this legacy. We are thrilled to announce the opening our Minneapolis studio.   Led by ...
08.04.22
Corporate transformation, public library honored by AIA Wisconsin

Springs Window Fashions and Waunakee Public Library have both been recognized with a 2022 Merit Awards from AIA Wisconsin for excellence in architectural design and construction. With welcoming and vibrant spaces that embrace openness and light, both Springs …

10.18.21
College of Pharmacy building dedication celebrates education, innovation, congregation 22 months after opening

Ten years ago, knowing that the then current University of Iowa College of Pharmacy was woefully undersized and out of date, OPN Architects was hired to help the college determine a new future for the college. After deciding …

09.24.21
Marion Fire Station Receives AIA Honor Award

The Marion Fire Station No. 1 has received an Excellence in Design Honor Award from AIA Iowa. This award recognizes excellent architectural projects designed by members of AIA Iowa that emphasize their importance in the community. Great works …

08.27.21
Johnston Town Center incorporates public art

The intention of the new city hall was always to be a community anchor surrounded by public amenities, and it is exactly that. The Johnston Town Center is finally complete after the installation of their public art pieces, down …

05.12.21
Krause Gateway Center earns LEED Gold Certification

Krause Gateway Center in Des Moines Western Gateway has earned LEED Gold certification. The building was designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with OPN Architects and constructed by Ryan Companies with sustainable strategies such as: fully automated …

05.12.21
Innovative strategies preserve historic copper clocktower

To restore the historic and iconic clock tower, OPN married new technology with the original building system. The four-story Webster County’s Historic Clock Tower has looked over the town of Fort Dodge, Iowa since September 1902. Added to the National …

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
Jamie Hurd Amphitheater honored with Excellence in Concrete Award

Jamie Hurd Amphitheater in West Des Moines, was honored with an Excellence in Concrete Award in the Commercial/Industrial Decorative category on Dec. 2, 2020 at the virtual Iowa Better Concrete Conference. The Excellence in Concrete Awards recognize outstanding …

12.02.20
Pinney Library earns LEED Gold certification

The new location for Madison Public Library’s Pinney Library branch has achieved LEED Gold certification. Guided by sustainable design principles and with LEED certification in mind,  the library’s Gold certification was based in large part to its energy …

10.01.20
Lester Buresh Family Community Wellness Center earns AIA Iowa Honor Award

For the first time our firm’s history, OPN Architects is celebrating an AIA Iowa Excellence in Design Honor Award.   Lester Buresh Family Community Wellness Center Excellence in Design | Honor “Very clever and beautifully composed; not an easy …