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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 ...
05.12.21
Krause Gateway Center earns LEED Gold Certification

Krause Gateway Center in Des Moines Western Gateway has earned LEED Gold certification. The building was designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with OPN Architects and constructed by Ryan Companies with sustainable strategies such as: fully automated …

05.12.21
Innovative strategies preserve historic copper clocktower

To restore the historic and iconic clock tower, OPN married new technology with the original building system. The four-story Webster County’s Historic Clock Tower has looked over the town of Fort Dodge, Iowa since September 1902. Added to the National …

05.12.21
Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Public Health Building honored for impact by AIA

Linn County’s Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Public Health Building was recognized with a  Impact Merit Award by the America Institute of Architects Iowa Chapter during the spring conference in April. The Impact Award was developed to honor projects that directly …

05.12.21
OPN proud to be an early adopter of the AIA 2030 Commitment

OPN is proud to be early adopter – honored recently with a new badge of commitment for 5+ years  – to the American Institute of Architects‘ 2030 Commitment. The voluntary pledge to achieve carbon-neutral buildings by 2030 challenges firms …

05.03.21
New Faces at OPN!

OPN is excited to welcome a new group of talented professionals to our team. We’re excited for the perspective and passion they will bring and contribute to our studios. Welcome! Michael R. Booth, Project Architect, OPN Madison Where are …

04.30.21
Ankeny Kirkendall Public Library honored by IIDA Great Plains Chapter with Excellence Award

The Ankeny Kirkendall Public Library has been honored by the IIDA Great Plains Chapter with an Interior Design Excellence Award . The vision for the new Ankeny Kirkendall Public Library was to model a traditional town square. The library’s Art …

04.27.21
Linn-Mar Intermediate Schools win People’s Choice Award

  The people have spoken! Linn-Mar Community School District’s new intermediate schools – Hazel Point and Boulder Peak – have won an  AIA’s 2021 People’s Choice Award. Each year during the Architecture Month, the American Institute of Architects Iowa …

04.23.21
New Thysse headquarters awarded first place for interior design

Thysse’s new office and manufacturing headquarters in Oregon was awarded First Place in the Corporate (over 25,000 sf) category by the International Interior Design Association’s Wisconsin chapter in a virtual event in April. Winning projects are deemed to …

04.22.21
How re-using buildings reduces embodied carbon

Designers make many decisions that directly affect a building’s impact on the environment.   One of the first – and potentially the most important – questions should be: “Is there an existing building we can use instead?” This is …

04.22.21
Four OPN projects in the running for annual AIA Iowa People’s Choice Award

Each year during the Architecture Month, the American Institute of Architects Iowa Chapter celebrates the role the public plays in architecture by allowing the public to reward the designs they love by voting in the annual People’s Choice Award. …