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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 ...
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. …

08.21.20
COVID-19 is changing workplaces. Will the shift be permanent?

In March 2020, in what felt like an instant, many of us experienced a dramatic shift in how and where we work. With little time to plan, companies suddenly had their entire work force working remotely – many …

07.24.20
711 High Street honored for excellence in sustainable preservation

Two OPN projects were among the 14 historic preservation projects commended by the State Historical Society of Iowa and nonprofit Preservation Iowa with each organization’s highest honors during a virtual Preserve Iowa Summit in June.  “These outstanding properties give …

07.21.20
Krause Gateway Center finalist for two Architizer A+ Awards

Krause Gateway Center, designed in collaboration with Renzo Piano Building Workshop, is a finalist for two Architizer A+ Awards. Winners are selected for recognition based on excellence in form and function in more than 70 categories. Krause Gateway …