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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 ...
04.13.21
Johnston City Hall honored with masonry award

OPN is honored to receive the Masonry Institute of Iowa Appreciation Award for the soon-to-be complete Johnston City Hall. At the core of a the Johnston Town Center Development, the new city hall is community anchor surrounded by public …

02.23.21
OPN Internships Provide Valuable Experiences

Collegiate student internships are a valuable experience throughout architectural and design education. They offer an opportunity to experience company culture, get your toes wet in design and documentation of real projects, and gain a better understanding of where …

02.12.21
Commitment to the pursuit of excellence reflected in 10 promotions

All OPN employees consistently pursue excellence. We see this commitment to each other, our practice, and our clients reflected in these 10 team members who didn’t let a pandemic slow them down and were promoted earlier this year: …

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 …

12.02.20
Jamie Hurd Amphitheater honored with Excellence in Concrete Award

Jamie Hurd Amphitheater in West Des Moines, was honored with an Excellence in Concrete Award in the Commercial/Industrial Decorative category on Dec. 2, 2020 at the virtual Iowa Better Concrete Conference. The Excellence in Concrete Awards recognize outstanding …

12.02.20
Madison Fire Station No. 14 wins USGBC Award of Excellence

Madison Fire Station 14 has been honored with an  Award of Excellence in Innovative Design, New Construction by the USGBC West North Central Region’s 2020 Community Leadership Award program. Fire Station 14, completed in the last few days of …

12.02.20
Pinney Library earns LEED Gold certification

The new location for Madison Public Library’s Pinney Library branch has achieved LEED Gold certification. Guided by sustainable design principles and with LEED certification in mind,  the library’s Gold certification was based in large part to its energy …

12.02.20
Library Journal features three OPN libraries

The pandemic closed many library’s doors this year, including two designed by OPN within days or weeks of opening for the first time. Despite these challenging times, we’re excited to see three of our projects featured in this …

12.02.20
2030 Commitment: More Needs to be Done

There is less than a decade remaining for the firms who committed to the American Institute of Architects’ 2030 Challenge to follow through on their pledge to achieve carbon-neutral buildings. This year’s numbers show there’s a need for firms …

12.02.20
How Architects Can Drive High-Performance Office Fit-out Projects

Architects have an essential role to play in ensuring the tenant fitouts they design are as sustainable and energy efficient as possible. ULI’s Tenant Energy Optimization Program (TEOP) is a proven replicable approach that helps tenant space design and construction …