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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 ...
11.07.19
OPN celebrates three new WELL APs

We’re excited to congratulate three 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 WELL’s unique focus is …

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 …

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 …

06.25.18
Walker among speaker lineup for AIA Conference on Architecture 2018

Tate Walker, Sustainability Director for OPN Architects, joined a host of speakers for the New York City Conference held June 21-23. He joined industry leaders and renowned speakers to present sustainability in architecture and technical guidelines for high-performing …