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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 ...
11.25.19
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 …

11.23.19
OPN Architects honored with 2019 Leadership Award from U.S. Green Building Council

OPN Architects is honored to be recognized — along with the City of Cedar Rapids — by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) with a 2019 Leadership Award for our partnership in building back better following the Floods …

11.22.19
Ethical Design in the Era of Climate Change

The landslide vote to adopt the Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action at A’19, signaled the architecture community’s acknowledgement that our practice provides a primary means to address complex challenges, from climate change to social equity, to an …

11.07.19
OPN celebrates WELL Accredited Professionals

We’re excited to congratulate several OPN team members, who recently became WELL accredited by The International Well Building Institute (IWBI). Congrats to: Project Architect- Elizabeth Seiberling Architect – Alex Streyffeler Sustainability Director -Tate Walker Architectural Intern – Thomas …

10.15.19
711 High Street renovation achieves LEED Gold certification

The multi-year renovation and re-imagination of Principal’s 711 High Street has achieved LEED Gold certification. 711 is a building of historic architectural significance, described by Architectural Record as the “Building of the Decade” in 1940. It was meticulously restored …

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 …

05.22.19
David Sorg is OPN’s first WELL AP

We’re excited to congratulate OPN Principal, David Sorg, who recently became WELL accredited by The International Well Building Institute (IWBI). WELL’s unique focus is on the personal health inadequacies caused by the modern office. The WELL Building Standard …

04.22.19
Madison Fire Station 14 Awarded Prestigious LEED Platinum Certification

We are so pleased to share that the Madison Fire Station 14 has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Association. Platinum is the highest level of LEED certification. …

03.07.19
Johnson County building certified LEED Gold

The Johnson County Ambulance Services and Medical Examiner building, which opened in 2017, has been certified LEED Gold. As a public building in a transitional urban area, the goal for the new facility was to create a highly …

01.25.19
Tate Walker presents at national AIA conference

OPN’s Sustainability Director Tate Walker believes that “the biggest barrier to projects using sustainability practices is not whether people care or not.” The biggest barrier, he says, is time. Adding insult to injury is the barrage of information often …