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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 ...
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 …

06.18.18
OPN’s Tate Walker contributes to new AIA COTE Top Ten Toolkit

Sustainability Director Tate Walker joined the contributing team as project co-lead for the AIA COTE Top Ten Toolkit released June 2018. The toolkit is a resource, accessible to all architects, designed to provide relevant, general guidance to architects …

04.02.18
Three OPN projects achieve LEED certification

Three OPN projects — the Biorenewables Complex at Iowa State University, Principal’s 801 Grand, and the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa — recently completed the LEED certification process. The second phase — Agricultural and Biosystems …

11.10.17
OPN honored for design, sustainability by AIA Iowa

Two projects designed by OPN Architects were honored at the AIA Iowa convention on Sept. 28 . Cedar Rapids Public Library was recognized with an Excellence in Sustainable Design Honor Award. The corporate research and development lab and headquarters …

10.05.17
OPN projects meet 2030 challenge target

We are proud to be among the 400 firms who have pledged to achieve 100 percent carbon-neutral projects by 2030.   Two years after making the commitment, we’re even more proud that 16 percent of our projects have …