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10.01.20
Lester Buresh Family Community Wellness Center earns AIA Honor Award
For the first time our firm’s history, OPN Architects is celebrating an AIA Iowa Excellence in Design Honor Award.   Lester Buresh Family Community Wellness Center Excellence in Design | Honor “Very clever and beautifully composed; not an easy ...
10.06.20
Power Plant of the Year

DTE’s new Central Energy Plant, designed by OPN, on Ford Motor Co.’s Research and Engineering campus in Dearborn, Michigan goes beyond the envelope of modern distributed gas power by integrating heat and thermal energy storage to fulfill Ford’s …

10.01.20
Krause Gateway Center Popular Choice in Architizer A+ Awards

Krause Gateway Center, designed in collaboration with Renzo Piano Building Workshop, was selected as a Popular Choice in the 2020 Architizer A+ Awards. Five finalists in each category are selected and are featured on Architizer’s website based on excellence …

10.01.20
Krause Gateway Center earns a 2020 Central States Award

Krause Gateway Center Excellence in Design | Honorable Mention “Expert architectural resolution.” (Jury Comment) The five-story Krause Gateway Center features wall-to-wall expanses of glass to allow natural light into the building and views out to the John and …

10.01.20
Lester Buresh Family Community Wellness Center earns AIA Honor Award

For the first time our firm’s history, OPN Architects is celebrating an AIA Iowa Excellence in Design Honor Award.   Lester Buresh Family Community Wellness Center Excellence in Design | Honor “Very clever and beautifully composed; not an easy …

10.01.20
OPN earns Emerging Professional Friendly Firm distinction from AIA North Central States & Central States regions

As a firm committed to fostering the next generation of architects, OPN Architects is honored to have earned the designation of being an Emerging Professional Friendly Firm from both the American Institute of Architects North Central States Region and …

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 …

09.30.20
OPN’s Tate Walker talks about design excellence with AIA San Antonio

Hear our Sustainability Director Tate Walker introduce OPN and a few of our projects through the Framework for Design Excellence Lens to the AIA San Antonio community as one of this year’s Place Award Jurors. As the director …

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 …

09.29.20
2 OPN-designed projects awarded for Excellence in Energy Efficient Design

Two OPN-designed projects were honored for Excellence in Energy Efficient Design in a virtual event on Oct. 1. The new Automotive Technology building at Kirkwood Community College and Ankeny’s new public library are both among the top 10 projects with …

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. …