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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 ...
01.28.20
Six start 2020 with new titles

As the new year begins, we’d like to take a moment to recognize our team’s hard work and commitment to excellence. Today we celebrate six team members in particular on their recent well-deserved promotions. Brian Lindgren – Senior …

01.21.20
3D scans see into eye of storm’s damage

Scans show dome beyond repair On Thursday, July 19, 2018 an EF-3 with a recorded 144 mph wind tornado hit the center of Marshalltown, Iowa leaving a path of destruction. The 1886-Marshall County Courthouse was one of the …

01.21.20
New year brings three new faces to OPN

A new year brings three new team members to our OPN studios. Nick Culver joins our Cedar Rapids studio as an IT Specialist. He is an alumnus of Iowa State University with IT experience ranging from Apple, Inc …

01.21.20
Advocacy, service define Hermann’s term as AIA Iowa board president

At OPN, we believe that architects should use their talents and training to contribute in meaningful ways to the betterment of their communities. As a firm, we donate time, talent, and money to many organizations. Central to this …

01.14.20
Vicki Hyland promoted to Associate

OPN Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of Vicki Hyland, ALEP, LEED AP, to Associate. An educator by nature, an engineer by nurture, and engager by all accounts, Vicki has been a member of OPN Architects’ education team …

01.10.20
A fond farewell to Craig Novak

After 34 years and many more memories Craig Novak, AIA, LEED AP retired from OPN on Dec. 20. A 1977 graduate of Iowa State University, Craig joined OPN in 1986. He remembers knowing he wanted to be an …

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 …

12.12.19
Hancher: Celebrating collaborations

Three years after its grand and much anticipated opening, Hancher at the University of Iowa is still wowing audiences and award jurors. Hancher — designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in collaboration with OPN Architects — was awarded Project …

12.05.19
An architectural homecoming for Thomas Thatcher

Thomas Thatcher has been involved in the design of the Johnston City Hall and Town Center since, “I got a little tap on my shoulder. ‘Would you be interested?’.” The answer was an enthusiastic “Yes” from this lifelong Johnston resident. …

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 …