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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 ...
10.18.19
Associate Principal Justin Bishop honored as 2019 Forty Under 40

OPN celebrated Associate Principal Justin Bishop, AIA LEED AP, along with 39 other community leaders on Oct. 17 at the Corridor Business Journal’s 15th annual Forty Under 40 event. Justin has been a leader at OPN and in …

10.15.19
711 High Street renovation achieves LEED Gold certification

The multi-year renovation and re-imagination of Principal’s 711 High Street has achieved LEED Gold certification. 711 is a building of historic architectural significance, described by Architectural Record as the “Building of the Decade” in 1940. It was meticulously restored …

10.11.19
OPN Architects Retreat 2019

Each year all four of our studios take two days to gather as one OPN. This year we enjoyed all the barbeque, jazz, sports, and, of course, architecture, that Kansas City, Missouri, is known for. Treasured landmarks in …

09.27.19
Five OPN projects honored with an AIA Iowa design award

OPN Architects was honored with five design awards at the AIA Iowa annual convention on Sept. 26. Polk County Juvenile Justice Center Excellence in Design | Merit “The scale of the new building was a vast improvement over …

09.25.19
OPN a ‘Pioneering Pilot’ in the AIA 2030 Challenge

Over the past eight years, billions of square feet of projects have reported design performance data in an effort to evolve the industry to meet zero carbon goals by 2030. Research on these buildings and the technologies incorporated …

09.25.19
Inclusive Design of new University of Iowa College of Pharmacy Goes Beyond Code Requirements

Universal Design principles — the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood, and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability, or disability — shaped …

09.16.19
Alliant Energy wind farms first to receive Envision ratings for sustainability

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced in July that two of Alliant Energy‘s wind farms were verified as meeting the guidelines for sustainable infrastructure. The two projects — Upland Prairie in Everly and English Farms in Montezuma, Iowa — were also the …

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 …

09.16.19
OPN + Ryan Companies honored for collaboration on Krause Gateway Center

OPN Architects and Ryan Companies were honored by Building + Design magazine with a Gold Award in this year’s Building Design+Construction Building Team Awards for their work on the Krause Gateway Center in Des Moines, Iowa. The program …

09.16.19
Vivian Masters joins Des Moines studio

OPN’s Des Moines studio has a new receptionist. Everly-native Vivian Masters has made Des Moines her home for several decades. Extremely active in the community, she volunteers for the Des Moines Art Festival, Iowa Craft Beer tent, and …