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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
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
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 …

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 …

12.02.20
How Architects Can Drive High-Performance Office Fit-out Projects

Architects have an essential role to play in ensuring the tenant fitouts they design are as sustainable and energy efficient as possible. ULI’s Tenant Energy Optimization Program (TEOP) is a proven replicable approach that helps tenant space design and construction …

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 …

09.29.20
Madison Fire Station No. 14 resets sustainability conversation for city

The goal for the new Madison Fire Station No. 14 was to create a highly functional, sustainable, and pragmatic building that is also a space where employees in high-stress jobs can relax, socialize, and connect with nature. The …

09.29.20
2 OPN-designed projects awarded for Excellence in Energy Efficient Design

Two OPN-designed projects were honored for Excellence in Energy Efficient Design in a virtual event on Oct. 1. The new Automotive Technology building at Kirkwood Community College and Ankeny’s new public library are both among the top 10 projects with …

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. …

05.13.20
USGBC West North Central region 2020 Leadership Award nominees

We are honored to have Madison Fire Station 14 nominated for USGBC’s West North Central (WNC) Region 2020 Leadership Award. Nominees are recognized for their dedicated contributions to green buildings in the Central Plains, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri Gateway, …