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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 ...
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 …

09.06.19
OPN team grows by three

We are thrilled to welcome three new designers to our OPN family. Paige Sivinski joins the Des Moines team as an Intern Architect. Paige graduated from Iowa State University this year with a bachelor of architecture degree. She …

07.19.19
Summer intern tell-all

OPN proudly welcomes summer interns to each of our studios every summer because we firmly believe in the importance of growing and fostering the next generation of architects. We grow and learn from these emerging professionals as much …

06.25.19
The Top Ten ways to exceed client expectations

Last week at the AIA Convention in Vegas OPN Sustainability Director, Tate Walker, presented ‘The Top Ten ways to exceed client expectations’. “During the last decade, I’ve used the COTE® Top Ten Measures of Design to frame and push projects further …

05.22.19
David Sorg is OPN’s first WELL AP

We’re excited to congratulate OPN Principal, David Sorg, who recently became WELL accredited by The International Well Building Institute (IWBI). WELL’s unique focus is on the personal health inadequacies caused by the modern office. The WELL Building Standard …

05.22.19
Canned food fights hunger

The theme of this year’s Canstruction at Valley West Mall in Des Moines may have been Heroes and Villains, but OPN Architects’ partners whose generous donations each year make it possible for our team to buy thousands of …

04.22.19
Madison Fire Station 14 Awarded Prestigious LEED Platinum Certification

We are so pleased to share that the Madison Fire Station 14 has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Association. Platinum is the highest level of LEED certification. …

04.16.19
DeForest joins OPN Des Moines

In March, OPN welcomed Gabe DeForest to our Des Moines team. Gabe DeForest joins OPN as an architect. He has his masters of architecture from Kansas State University and nine years of experience in educational, healthcare, multli-family, and …

04.05.19
Krause Gateway Center’s Very Grand Opening

There is awe in the experience of watching a building come to life exactly as you imagined it. – OPN Associate Principal Danielle Hermann. She felt that sense of awe in November 2018, when the Krause Gateway Center …