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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 ...
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 …

11.08.19
OPN celebrates United Way’s annual campaign

Each year our Des Moines and Cedar Rapids studios participate in a creative week-long fundraising effort on behalf of the United Way.  Supporting United Way is one way OPN is invested in the well-being of our communities. At …

11.08.19
United Township High School Student Life Center honored for outstanding design by Illinois School Board Association

United Township High School‘s new student life center will be featured at the Illinois Association of School Boards annual conference from Nov. 22 to 24 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. “United Township was very pleased with our OPN …

11.07.19
OPN celebrates WELL Accredited Professionals

We’re excited to congratulate several OPN team members, who recently became WELL accredited by The International Well Building Institute (IWBI). Congrats to: Project Architect- Elizabeth Seiberling Architect – Alex Streyffeler Sustainability Director -Tate Walker Architectural Intern – Thomas …

11.05.19
Vicki Hyland earns Accredited Learning Environments Planner Designation

OPN’s education specialist Vicki Hyland recently received the Accredited Learning Environments Planner (ALEP) designation, a mark of excellence developed to reflect the knowledge, skills and abilities of educational facility planners.  The ALEP credential was designed to elevate professional …

11.04.19
OPN mourns Jim Miller’s unexpected passing

Our OPN family is grieving a loss after the unexpected passing of our friend and colleague Jim Miller on Nov. 1. A native of Osceola, Jim knew he wanted to be an architect when he received his first …

10.21.19
Designing schools for tomorrow’s learner

Vicki Hyland, OPN’s K-12 Specialist and Planner, recently sat down with Cedar Rapids Community School District’s podcast, SKOOLD!, to share OPN’s approach to designing K-12 schools for “tomorrow’s learner,” a term that plays off of Cedar Rapids Community …

10.18.19
Real Success podcast featuring David Sorg

“One of the things I’ve always admired about the field of architecture is its balancing act. A great architect must meet the immediate needs of their client, while also taking into consideration the lasting impact of their design …