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04.01.20
Project of the Year: Waunakee Public Library
Waunakee Public Library has been named Project of the Year and Best Development – Education in this year’s Commercial Design Awards, sponsored by InBusiness magazine. The vibrant, multipurpose new 40,000 square foot public library serves as a space ...
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 …

09.14.20
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, …

05.05.20
Madison Fire Station No. 14 Awarded AIA Wisconsin Merit Award

We are honored to announce that the Madison Fire Station No. 14 has received a 2020 AIA Wisconsin Design Merit Award from AIA Wisconsin. As a public building in a transitional urban neighborhood, the goal for the new fire station …

12.16.19
OPN joins AIA in announcing COTE Top Ten’s next chapter

We are excited to join the American Institute of Architects in announcing the formal adoption of the COTE Top Ten. Launched in 1997, the AIA’s COTE Top Ten is the longest running sustainable design awards program in the …

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 …