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04.01.20
Project of the Year: Waunakee Public Library
Waunakee Public Library has been named Project of the Year and Best Development – Education in this year’s Commercial Design Awards, sponsored by InBusiness magazine. The vibrant, multipurpose new 40,000 square foot public library serves as a space ...
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 …

11.23.19
OPN Architects honored with 2019 Leadership Award from U.S. Green Building Council

OPN Architects is honored to be recognized — along with the City of Cedar Rapids — by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) with a 2019 Leadership Award for our partnership in building back better following the Floods …

11.22.19
Virtual reality brings 21st learning environments to educators

Educators know a  learning environment designed for the ever evolving needs of students isn’t about a magical number of square feet or incorporating the latest technological trend. Rather, it is about designing spaces conducive to today’s learning. Rows of …

11.22.19
Ethical Design in the Era of Climate Change

The landslide vote to adopt the Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action at A’19, signaled the architecture community’s acknowledgement that our practice provides a primary means to address complex challenges, from climate change to social equity, to an …

11.13.19
OPN women lead effort to build inclusive industry

OPN Architects will be represented by three of the four newly elected board members nominated to lead Iowa Women in Architecture in 2019-2020. Eli Goll Eli joined OPN in 2014. She has a passion for experiential learning and …