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06.06.16

OPN’s Brown, Sorg serve on national library design award juries

If it takes walking a mile in someone else’s shoes to truly appreciate their journey, serving on an award jury is a similarly valuable reminder of how humbling it is as a designer for one’s work to be honored by an industry … Continued

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06.06.16

OPN welcomes Brett Virgl and Hillary Byrne

OPN Architects is growing. More than 20 new employees and summer interns will join us over the next three months. This week we welcome: Brett Virgl and Hillary Byrne. Brett Virgl joins OPN as an intern architect in the Cedar Rapids studio. A graduate … Continued

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05.27.16

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. opens OPN-designed, state-of-the-art R&D facility in Ames

Value through innovation. Those three words not only inform the work done every day at Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., an international animal pharmaceutical company, they were also the guiding principle for the design of the company’s new state-of-the-art modern research laboratory and office … Continued

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05.25.16

OPN welcomes Marcelo Aruani, Jacob Cournoyer, Taylor Korslin

OPN Architects is growing. We will welcome more than 20 new employees and summer interns in the next three months.

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05.24.16

OPN-designed Lucille brings bling back to former bank building

OPN Architects transformed a historic building at the apex of one of Madison’s signature triangular blocks forming a ring around the city’s downtown capitol square. Originally a bank, the building was renovated and purposed many times over its 100-year history. … Continued

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05.20.16

OPN, Iowa State design pop-up pavilion for 80/35

Architects at OPN guided the Fabrications Potentials Studio at Iowa State University’s School of Design on a semester- long endeavor to conceptualize, design and fabricate an interactive, pop-up pavilion to be used at the 80/35 Music Festival in Des Moines in … Continued

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05.20.16

Greene Square renovation creates sophisticated urban oasis in downtown Cedar Rapids

OPN Architects $1.9 million restoration of a historic park has brought new life to Greene Square in downtown Cedar Rapids.

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05.18.16

Joplin Public Library honored with AIA Public Design Award

The Joplin Public Library, designed by Sapp Design Associates and OPN Architects. was honored for excellence in architectural design with one of six Public Design Awards at the biennial Springfield AIA reception and design awards program  in May. Projects are judged … Continued

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05.18.16

Bradd Brown presents Paramount Theatre at national AIA convention

OPN Architects Principal Bradd Brown will present about the Paramount Theatre at the national AIA convention in Philadelphia.

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05.18.16

OPN welcomes summer interns to Cedar Rapids, Des Moines studios

OPN Architects is thrilled to add nine talented men and women to our rosters this summer.

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On the occasion of Grant Wood's 125th birthday, a public art installation inspired by the artists most famous painting, American Gothic, engaged area businesses and organizations to sponsor sculptures of the famous dour couple, which will be on display all over the city throughout the summer. OPN’s design brings American Gothic into the digital age through their production process and the final sculpture aesthetic.

05.05.16

OPN goes Gothic to honor Grant Wood

On the occasion of Grant Wood’s 125th birthday, a public art installation inspired by the artist’s most famous painting, American Gothic, engaged Cedar Rapids-area businesses and organizations to sponsor sculptures of the famous dour couple, which will be on display all … Continued

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05.04.16

OPN geared up for National Bike Month

OPN is geared up and ready to ride through the month of May. Since 1956, the League of American Bicyclists has sponsored National Bike Month to showcase the benefits of bicycling and encourage more people to give biking a try. This year, the … Continued

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05.04.16

Historic Polk County Courthouse honored with Award of Merit

Renovation work on the Polk County Historic Courthouse has been honored by the Illuminating Engineering Society with an Award of Merit. The IES Illumination Awards provides a unique opportunity for public recognition of professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design based upon the individual … Continued

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OPN's Denise Clark was part of a group from Matthew 25 to travel to Morocco to observe how urban farms are uplifting communities there.

04.28.16

OPN works to cultivate hope with Matthew 25 in Cedar Rapids

Denise Clark was elected president of the board of directors for Matthew 25. She served as the board vice president in 2015. OPN has a longstanding relationship with the nonprofit organization, which rose from the Floods of 2008 in the northwest … Continued

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04.28.16

Schultz elected to Iowa Architect magazine editorial board

Matthew Schultz was elected to the editorial board for Iowa Architect magazine. He joins longtime board member and OPN Associate Principal Danielle Hermann. Matthew joined OPN Architects as an intern architect in 2013 after completing his Masters of Architecture studies at the University … Continued

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OPN’s Madison's submission to this year's Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s Design MMoCA 2016: Break the Pattern was inspired by the static and dynamic steps of Chuck Close's process.

04.28.16

OPN Madison’s exhibit at modern art museum breaks the pattern

Architects at OPN Madison were inspired by Chuck Close’s Keith IV for their Design MMoCa 2016 exhibit.

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04.26.16

Fore the love of math: An equation posed by a really big hole

If a golf ball is 1.68 inches in diameter and a hole is 65,000 cubic yards, how many golf balls would it take to fill the hole? Sound like a fifth grade word problem? Maybe. After all, your math teacher … Continued

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04.25.16

Tiny House, Huge Impact

In Des Moines, several groups – Joppa, the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute – Community Leadership Program, and Norwalk High School – are using a tiny house community to initiate a three-step process to rehabilitate the homeless in Des Moines.

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04.06.16

Vote for your favorite designs in AIA Iowa Chapter’s first People’s Choice Awards

The American Institute of Architects Iowa Chapter has listed it’s contenders for its first-ever People’s Choice Awards, and now it’s up to you to decide the fate. Check out the OPN projects that made the cut, and vote for your favorites today through April 28.

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03.22.16

Ryan Frank Joins Madison Studio

The OPN team is pleased to welcome Ryan Frank to the Madison office. Ryan grew up in Belle Plaine, Iowa and attended Iowa State University, where he received a Bachelor’s of Architecture degree with a minor in advertising. Before transitioning … Continued

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03.02.16

Multiple promotions across OPN studios

At the very core of our practice is collaboration and motivation. We pride ourselves on creating a continual learning environment, and, thus, the ability for our designers to take the next step in their careers. We’re excited to announce multiple promotions in … Continued

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Architects from OPN Architects and art students from the University of Iowa with support from the Iowa City Downtown District, demonstrated winter's cold beauty through surreal, paper-thin, inhabitable ice sculptures throughout Iowa City's pedestrian mall on Feb. 13

02.15.16

Winter Weatherdance brings cool beauty to Iowa City

Architects from OPN Architects and art students from the University of Iowa with support from the Iowa City Downtown District, demonstrated winter’s cold beauty through surreal, paper-thin, inhabitable ice sculptures throughout Iowa City’s pedestrian mall on Feb. 13

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OPN Architects and Ideal Builder have teamed together to transform a mid-century travel trailer into an ultimate outdoor escape for the inaugural North American Ice Shanty Design & Build, which is part of the Frozen Assets Festival in Madison on Feb. 5 through 7.

01.26.16

OPN Architects, Ideal Builders transform mid-century camper for fundraiser

Mid-century camper turned modern outdoor escape for Frozen Assets Festival’s North American Ice Shanty Design & Build Olaf from OPN Architects on Vimeo. MADISON – In a state like Wisconsin, where the average high temperature is 29 in the winter, residents … Continued

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Winter in Iowa has a unique beauty that is not often appreciated. Throughout the afternoon of Feb. 12, weather permitting, architects from OPN Architects and art students from the University of Iowa with support from the Iowa City Downtown District, will demonstrate winter's cold beauty through surreal, paper-thin, inhabitable ice sculptures throughout Iowa City's pedestrian mall.

01.25.16

Paper-thin ice sculptures celebrate catenary forms, winter weather in Iowa City

Winter in Iowa has a unique beauty that is not often appreciated. Throughout the afternoon of Feb. 12, weather permitting, architects from OPN Architects and art students from the University of Iowa with support from the Iowa City Downtown District, will demonstrate winter’s cold beauty through … Continued

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Andreya Veintimilla talks over plans for an office renovation with project manager Toby Olsen at OPN Architects in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

01.18.16

Iowa architect firms have few women, fewer still as principals

Roughly half of all architecture students are women. Yet, according to American Institute of Architect women accounted for only 15 percent of its licensed members in 2014. Even fewer women have leadership roles at their firms. However, there seems to be … Continued

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12.23.15

Joe Copley Joins Des Moines Studio

The OPN team is pleased to welcome Joe Copley to the Des Moines office. Joe grew up in Grimes, Iowa and attended Iowa State University, where he received a Bachelor’s of Architecture degree. While at school he spent a summer interning with Heery … Continued

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12.23.15

Project Architect Jim Miller Joins Des Moines Studio

A southern Iowa native, Jim attended both the University of Kansas and University of Minnesota and received a Master’s degree from Minnesota with an emphasis in preservation and restoration. He has worked for firms in Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Des Moines, including Ellerbe … Continued

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12.16.15

OPN Architects to open Iowa City office

Newly named Associate Principal Justin Bishop to lead firm’s fourth office   OPN Architects is excited to announce that the firm will open its newest studio in Iowa City in 2016. The Iowa City expansion is the next step in … Continued

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OPN Archtitects designed a signature building for CRST's headquarters in downtown Cedar Rapids.

12.10.15

5 projects that will reshape Cedar Rapids in 2016

Eight years after the flood with much of the recovery development behind us, the City of Cedar Rapids is in a new phase of expansion and development. Projects underway now and into 2016 still bear connection to the Floods of … Continued

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11.14.15

Justin Bishop joins OPN leadership as Associate Principal

OPN Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of Justin Bishop, AIA LEED AP, to a new leadership role as Associate Principal. Bishop has been a leader at OPN in all of his 11 years at the firm, where he … Continued

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11.14.15

Danielle Hermann joins OPN leadership as Associate Principal

OPN Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of Danielle Hermann, AIA, to a new leadership role as Associate Principal. Previously promoted to associate in OPN’s Des Moines office in 2014, Hermann has established herself as a leader in the … Continued

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11.14.15

OPN Welcomes Meier-Gast, Bowersox To Leadership Team

OPN Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of James Meier-Gast, AIA LEED AP, and Susan Bowersox, AIA, to Associates, both in the firm’s Cedar Rapids office. A graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor of architecture, Meier-Gast has … Continued

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10.31.15

Support Cedar Rapids Public Library with Yes vote Nov. 3

When OPN Architects set out to design Cedar Rapids’ new library after the Floods of 2008, our team never anticipated the impact the library would have both on our firm and the community. This year, the Cedar Rapids Public Library received the American … Continued

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10.28.15

Delta Dental headquarters achieves LEED Gold certification

The 25,000-square-foot addition to Delta Dental of Iowa’s corporate headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, has achieved LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Designed by OPN Architects to be energy-efficient, flexible, and expandable, the building features open office and meetings … Continued

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10.22.15

Tate Walker of OPN Architects named 2015 LEED Fellow

OPN Architects’ Sustainability Director Tate Walker has been named a 2015 LEED Fellow by Green Business Certification Inc, the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. This year’s 35 Fellows are honored for their … Continued

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10.21.15

Kum & Go, Renzo Piano and OPN celebrate Krause Gateway Center groundbreaking

OPN Architects joined  state and local officials, architect Renzo Piano, and Kum & Go leaders and associates on Oct. 20 to celebrate the groundbreaking of Krause Gateway Center at 1459 Grand Ave. in Des Moines. Kum & Go CEO & President … Continued

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On the exterior of Merchants Bonding Company's new headquarters, materials meld the modern with the past. Precast panels employed on the ends of the wings and at the main entries help give it a monumental presence and provide a visual guide to people visiting the building for the first time.

10.16.15

Merchants Bonding honors century-old family firm with new headquarters in West Des Moines

The design of Merchants Bonding Company’s new corporate headquarters in West Des Moines honors the firm’s history while simultaneously looking to and embracing the future. Merchants moved into the OPN-designed 50,000-square-foot facility in August. The company, which was founded in 1933 by … Continued

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10.14.15

Retrofits go deep to save more energy, money

Businesses and organizations that retrofit their buildings to save energy do so with the best of intentions. All too often, though, their efforts reap only modest rewards. Outdated engineering systems are replaced with more efficient technologies without taking into consideration how … Continued

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10.12.15

OPN Architectural Intern envisions Invisibility in the Information Age

Hugh Soward, architectural intern at OPN, has spent 7 months researching and producing the “Invisibility in the Information Age” exhibit at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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Johnson County Regional Center, the newest of four Kirkwood Regional Centers designed by OPN Architects, is the result of an innovative partnership between Kirkwood Community College, the Iowa City School District and the University of Iowa.

10.09.15

Kirkwood’s newest regional center on forefront of innovation

The newest of five Kirkwood Regional Centers, the newly opened facility designed by OPN Architects is the result of an innovative partnership between Kirkwood Community College, the Iowa City School District and the University of Iowa.

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10.07.15

Women in STEM careers empower, encourage girls to explore sciences

OPN Architects’ Stacey Hanley opened doors for and the minds of middle school girls at a STEM conference on Oct. 6 at Coe College. Hanley was one of many community members at the Open Minds, Open Doors event co-sponsored by … Continued

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09.28.15

OPN Des Moines Welcomes Annie Vo

Born in Vietnam and raised in Nebraska, Annie’s passions for art, travel, and design landed her in Lincoln, NE for her Bachelors and Masters in Architecture at the University of Nebraska. After graduation in 2012, she joined a small design firm in … Continued

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09.16.15

OPN Architects and Coe College Challenge Students to Think BIG

How should higher education look, feel and sound not just in 20 years, but in 20 months? That’s the challenge OPN Architects and Coe College have posed to 14 students in Iowa BIG, a project-based learning initiative of Cedar Rapids … Continued

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09.16.15

OPN Welcomes Andreya Veintimilla to Cedar Rapids Office

OPN is pleased to welcome Andreya Veintimilla to the team in the Cedar Rapids studio. Andreya grew up in Chillicothe, Ohio and attended Miami University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in architecture with a concentration in Urban Culture. After an … Continued

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OPN Madison welcomes Bryan Mann and Brent Pauba.

09.10.15

Madison Office Experiences Growth in Second Year

OPN Madison is growing. Brent Pauba and Bryan Mann made the move from our Cedar Rapids office to our newest studio in Wisconsin’s burgeoning capitol city in late August. Pauba and Mann bring a wealth of experience and man power to … Continued

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09.10.15

Hugh Soward Joins OPN in Cedar Rapids

Hugh Soward joins the Cedar Rapids office after spending summer in the Madison office upon completing his BSAS from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. While in Milwaukee, he worked at the grassroots level with underprivileged communities to encourage them to get involved in … Continued

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09.03.15

Paul Desmond joins OPN Cedar Rapids Studio

The OPN team is excited to welcome to Paul Desmond to the Cedar Rapids office. He joins us from a small design firm in Indianapolis, where he also finished his Masters of Architecture degree at Ball State University. Paul traveled … Continued

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07.14.15

Joe Tursi, President AIA Iowa, Leads AIA Iowa Chapter Retreat

OPN’s Joe Tursi, incoming president of the American Institute of Architects Iowa Chapter, will lead the annual retreat in Cedar Rapids this Thursday, July 16 and Friday, July 17.

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07.10.15

Bradd Brown & Mindy Sorg Present At Annual ALA Conference

OPN designers, Cedar Rapids Public Library management presented at this year’s American Library Association Conference in San Francisco.

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07.02.15

OPN Studios Participate in Bike To Work Challenge

Employees at all three OPN studios participated in this year’s Bike To Work Challenge.

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06.30.15

Design Released for New Kum & Go Headquarters

Kum & Go shared its new Renzo Piano Building Workshop-designed headquarters in Downtown Des Moines headquarters. OPN is architect-of-record for the project.

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06.30.15

Jen Wasek Joins Cedar Rapids Office

OPN welcomes Jen Wasek as its new Human Resources Manager. Wasek will serve the three studios out of the Cedar Rapids office.

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06.24.15

Carly Weber Comes On Board as Marketing Director

Carly Weber joins OPN Architects as the new marketing director. Weber is based out of the Cedar Rapids studio.

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06.23.15

OPN Des Moines Welcomes Summer Interns

Summer interns have arrived at OPN’s Des Moines studio, and the four Iowa State University students are already delving into projects alongside our staff.

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06.19.15

Leah Walters Joins Des Moines Office

Leah Walters joins OPN Architects as a creative marketing specialist in the firm’s Des Moines studio.

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06.15.15

OPN’s 5th Element Coffee Bar Practices Sustainable Design

The OPN-designed 5th Element Coffee Bar reflects the company’s mission to keep its coffee real and honest.

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06.11.15

OPN Design Restores 172-year-old Greene Square’s Role as Heart of Downtown Cedar Rapids

OPN Architects, lead designers on Greene Square project in Cedar Rapids, joined city, county, business and community leaders for a ground breaking on June 10, 2015.

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05.28.15

OPN Architects Makes ENR Top 500 Design Firms 2015

OPN Architects is pleased to be included on the ENR Top 500 Design Firms 2015 list.

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04.21.15

OPN Commits to Sustainable Practices with 2030 Challenge

OPN Architects has officially pledged its support to the 2030 Challenge.

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04.03.15

CRPL Receives 2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Award

OPN Architects is proud and excited to receive the AIA/ALA Library Building Award for the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

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03.31.15

OPN Des Moines Takes the Trophy at Canstruction

The Des Moines studio was awarded Juror’s Favorite for the third consecutive time at this year’s installment of Canstruction.

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03.26.15

OPN-Designed Pizzeria to Open in Madison

Owners of Merchant hire OPN to design a new pizzeria in downtown Madison.

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03.19.15

Stacey Hanley Appointed Chair of IAF Board of Trustees

Stacey Hanley, associate AIA, associate ASLA, LEED AP, intern architect at OPN, was recently appointed Chair of the Iowa Architectural Foundation Board of Trustees.

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03.16.15

Denise Clark Appointed Vice President of Local Nonprofit

Denise Clark, ASLA, landscape architect at OPN, was appointed Vice President of Matthew 25’s Board of Directors.

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03.09.15

OPN Participates In CR STEM Festival 2015

Designers from OPN attended this year’s STEM Festival to educate and inspire young minds in the Cedar Rapids community.

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03.02.15

OPN Welcomes New Associates To Leadership Team

OPN Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of Mindy Sorg, NCIDQ, LEED AP, and David Hill, AIA, to associates.

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02.09.15

CRPL Lands Library Journal’s Year In Architecture Cover

The Cedar Rapids Public Library was featured on the cover of Library Journal’s 2014 Year in Architecture issue.

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02.09.15

Danielle Hermann Elected Secretary of AIA Iowa Chapter

OPN’s very own Danielle Hermann was elected secretary for the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

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01.30.15

Jack Topp Receives Community Service Award

Jack Topp received the Greater Newton Area Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award for 2014. Congratulations, Jack!

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01.29.15

Design Approved For University of Iowa College of Pharmacy

The schematic design, project description, and budget for the construction of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy have been approved.

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01.23.15

New Light Shed on 801 Grand

Des Moine’s 801 Grand is lit from top to bottom for the first time in over a decade. The update is part of a 7-year renovation to Principal’s headquarters.

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12.17.14

Principal Financial Group’s Campus Renovation

OPN Architect’s plans for Principal Financial Group’s campus renovations are underway. The work addresses more than 2.3 million square feet of space.

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The King Hotel

12.03.14

The King Hotel Featured in The Cap Times

OPN Architects collaborates with local entrepreneurs, moves forward with design for The King Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin’s thriving King Street District.

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11.24.14

Polk County Courthouse Featured in the Des Moines Register

The historic Polk County Courthouse’s exterior lights are back on, marking the end of the first phase of renovations. Phase two will be completed in 2018.

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11.04.14

iaWia Speed Mentoring: November 13

OPN Architects will be hosting the Iowa Women in Architecture (iaWia) Speed Mentoring networking event in the downtown Cedar Rapids studio.

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11.03.14

Kate Beihl: Corridor Business Journal’s 40 Under 40

Marketing Director Kate Beihl was recognized in the Corridor Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 program for 2014.

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11.01.14

OPN Awarded Two Central States Region Design Excellence Awards

The Cedar Rapids Public Library and Paramount Theatre Restoration were recognized at the AIA Central States Region Design Excellence Awards.

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10.28.14

Katie Harms Awarded Young Architect Regional Director

Katie Harms has been named the Young Architect Regional Director for the 2015-2016 AIA Central States Region.

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09.25.14

ISU Biorenewables Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

A ribbon cutting ceremony marks the official completion of the Biorenewables Complex, a two-phase project at Iowa State University.

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09.03.14

OPN Cuts the Ribbon on New Studio in Madison, Wisconsin

We’re celebrating the opening of OPN’s design studio in Madison! Join us as we cut the ribbon on our new space in the historic Fire Station No. 2.

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07.18.14

Cedar Rapids Public Library Honored for Design Excellence

The Cedar Rapids Public Library has been recognized by the International Interior Design Association and the American Library Association.

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Summer Interns Bright

06.18.14

OPN Cedar Rapids Summer Interns Arrive

The Cedar Rapids studio welcomes a new group of talented interns for the summer.

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06.16.14

OPN Des Moines Summer Interns Arrive

The Des Moines studio welcomes a new group of talented interns for the summer.

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06.16.14

Eli Goll Joins Des Moines Office

OPN Architects welcomes Eli Goll as an intern architect in the Des Moines studio.

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06.02.14

OPN Des Moines Welcomes Alex Streyffeler

OPN Architects welcomes Alex Streyffeler as an intern architect in the Des Moines studio.

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06.02.14

Chris Rokahr joins Cedar Rapids Office

OPN Architects welcomes Chris Rokahr as an intern architect in the Cedar Rapids studio.

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06.02.14

Evan Lamprecht joins Cedar Rapids Office

OPN Architects welcomes Evan Lamprecht as an intern architect in the Cedar Rapids studio.

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04.29.14

OPN Wins at Corridor Canstruction 2014

OPN Cedar Rapids took the title of “Jurors’ Favorite” at the 2014 Corridor Canstruction with the “CANterpillar – Bulldozing Hunger” entry.

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04.23.14

Bishop Presents Hancher Case Study at AIA Iowa Spring Conference

Justin Bishop was a panelist for “Performance: A Building Envelope Case Study of Hancher Auditorium” at the AIA Iowa Spring Conference.

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04.21.14

Meganne Tedman joins Cedar Rapids office

OPN Architects welcomes Meganne Tedman as an interior designer in the Cedar Rapids studio.

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04.18.14

Ryan Ellsworth Joins Des Moines Office

OPN Architects welcomes Ryan Ellsworth as a job captain in the Des Moines studio.

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04.18.14

Catrenich and Hyland Lead Panel at AIA Iowa Spring Conference

Bill Catrenich and Vicki Hyland acted as presenting panelists for the “Becoming a Better Construction Administrator” at the AIA Iowa Spring Conference.

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04.14.14

Paramount Theatre receives Architizer A+ Award

OPN Architects restoration of Paramount Theatre has been recognized by Architizer in their 2014 A+ Awards.

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04.14.14

Jarrod Siegel Joins Des Moines Office

OPN Architects welcomes Jarrod Siegel as an intern architect in the Des Moines studio.

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03.31.14

OPN Wins at Central Iowa Canstruction 2014

For the second year in a row, OPN’s Des Moines office won the award for “Jurors’ Favorite’ at the 2014 Central Iowa Canstruction.

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03.20.14

Linn County Options Building Receives LEED Silver Certification

The Linn County Options Building has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification for new construction.

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03.20.14

Cedar Rapids Spring Break Interns Arrive

The Cedar Rapids studio welcomes a new group of talented interns for spring break.

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03.17.14

Wes Reynolds Named Principal and Leader of OPN ‘s Madison Studio

Wes Reynolds named principal and leader of new OPN Architects Madison studio.

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02.24.14

Mike Pollmann joins Des Moines Office

OPN Architects welcomes Mike Pollmann as an architect in the Des Moines studio.

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02.17.14

Malorie Hepner joins Madison office

OPN Architects welcomes Malorie Hepner as an intern architect in the Madison studio.

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02.03.14

Robert Wheat joins Madison office

OPN Architects welcomes Robert Wheat as an architect in the Madison studio.

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01.13.14

Lauren Gillen joins Cedar Rapids office

OPN Architects welcomes Lauren Gillen as an interior designer in the Cedar Rapids studio.

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01.02.14

Benjamin Hovland joins Cedar Rapids office

OPN Architects welcomes Benjamin Hovland as an intern architect in the Cedar Rapids studio.

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12.30.13

Angela Gehl joins Des Moines office

OPN Architects welcomes Angela Gehl as a construction manager in the Des Moines studio.

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Dan Thies

12.18.13

Dan Thies One of the Corridor’s ‘Most Influential’

Dan Thies has been named one of Cedar Rapids/Iowa City’s ‘Most Influential’ citizens, landing third in a list of the top 30 most influential people in Cedar Rapids.

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12.17.13

Thomas Martinez joins Des Moines office

OPN Architects welcomes Thomas Martinez as an intern architect in the Des Moines studio.

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12.04.13

Logan Nolin joins Cedar Rapids office

OPN Architects welcomes Logan Nolin as a marketing coordinator in the Cedar Rapids studio.

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12.04.13

Jennifer Kleese joins Cedar Rapids office

OPN Architects welcomes Jennifer Kleese as director of human resources in the Cedar Rapids studio.

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12.03.13

Scott Johnson joins Des Moines office

OPN Architects welcomes Scott Johnson as an intern architect in the Des Moines studio.

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11.14.13

Designing Your Library For Interactivity

On November 19, Library Journal Magazine will host a free webinar—Designing Your Library for Interactivity. Principal Bradd Brown will help lead the discussion.

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11.11.13

OPN Speaks: Library Journal’s Design Institute in St. Louis

OPN participated in Library Journal’s Design Institute, contributing to expert panel discussions on pressing topics and trends in library space and design.

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11.06.13

Voters approve Polk County courthouse expansion

Polk County voters approved the $81M bond referendum to renovate the existing courthouse and expand the courts services.

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11.04.13

Holden Rasmussen joins Des Moines office

OPN Architects welcomes Holden Rasmussen as an intern architect in the Des Moines studio.

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11.01.13

Danielle Hermann receives Design Achievement Award

Danielle Hermann, AIA, was awarded the Design Achievement Award from Iowa State University’s Alumni Association and the College of Design.

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10.30.13

Brian Lane participates as speaker at COAA Conference

Brian Lane, a Project Manager with OPN, was a session speaker at the Construction Owners Association of America’s Leadership Conference.

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10.07.13

Alexandra Rook joins Des Moines office

OPN Architects welcomes Alexandra Rook as an interior designer in the Des Moines studio.

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10.01.13

Van Essen participates as panelist at Iowa Commercial Real Estate Expo

Heather Van Essen, an Interior Designer with OPN, was an education session panelist at the Iowa Commercial Real Estate Expo in Des Moines, Iowa

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09.27.13

Delta Dental receives AIA Iowa Merit Award

OPN Architects was recognized with a merit award for their design of the Delta Dental of Iowa Headquarters in Johnston, Iowa.

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09.27.13

Paramount Theater receives AIA Iowa Honor Award

OPN Architects was recognized with an honor award for the restoration of the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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09.27.13

OPN receives Excellence in Energy Efficient Design Awards

OPN Architects has received Excellence in Energy Efficient Design awards recognizing outstanding efforts in reducing energy use.

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09.23.13

OPN Architects named Top Workplace in 2013!

We’re humbled to receive another distinction, being named one of Iowa’s Top 100 Workplaces by the Des Moines Register.

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09.17.13

Isaac Bracher receives Alumni Award from Ball State University

Isaac Bracher, AIA, was a recipient of the Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning Alumni Society 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award.

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09.04.13

Kerner and Sepehri published in ISU’s Datum

John Kerner and Yasmine Sepheri, both newly hired intern architects at OPN, have been published in Iowa State University’s Architecture publication, Datum.

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09.02.13

Matt Schultz joins Des Moines office

Matthew Schultz, Associate, AIA, has joined the Des Moines office as an intern architect.

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08.02.13

Alison Perkins joins Des Moines office

Alison Perkins has joined OPN Architects’ Des Moines office as an interior designer.

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07.22.13

Scott Allen joins Des Moines office

Scott C. Allen, AIA has joined OPN Architects’ Des Moines office as a project manager.

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06.28.13

Fire Logistics and Training Facility receives LEED Silver Certification

The Des Moines Fire Logistics and Training Facility received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification for new construction.

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06.27.13

Hey! It’s Awesome to Work at OPN!

We were honored to hear from industry trend watchers ZweigWhite that OPN had landed on their list of ‘Best Firms to Work For.’

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06.19.13

Annual “Green Day” Retreat

On June 18, both offices converged at Grinnell College for our annual Green Day symposium to realign with our core sustainability goals.

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06.10.13

Dan Williamson joins Des Moines office

Dan Williamson has joined OPN Architects’ Des Moines office as an intern architect.

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06.06.13

Brian Lindgren joins Des Moines office

Brian Lindgren, AIA, has joined OPN Architects’ Des Moines office as a project architect.

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06.04.13

Yasmine Sepehri joins Cedar Rapids office

Yasmine Sepehri has joined OPN Architects’ Cedar Rapids office as an Intern Architect.

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06.03.13

Abigail Kelchen joins Des Moines office

Abigail Kelchen has joined OPN Architects’ Des Moines office as an interior designer.

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06.03.13

John Kerner joins Des Moines office

John Kerner has returned to OPN Architects’ Des Moines office as an intern architect.

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06.03.13

Brent Pauba joins Cedar Rapids office

Brent Pauba has joined OPN Architects’ Cedar Rapids office as an intern architect.

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06.03.13

Amanda Skalik joins Cedar Rapids office

Amanda Skalik, AIA, has joined OPN Architects’ Cedar Rapids office as an Architect.

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05.31.13

Cedar Rapids Convention Complex Opens

City officials celebrated the completion of a $106 million renovation to the Cedar Rapids Convention Complex with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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05.24.13

Jakub Skalik joins Cedar Rapids office

Jakub Skalik has joined OPN Architects’ Cedar Rapids office as a intern architect.

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05.14.13

Cedar Rapids summer interns arrive

The Cedar Rapids studio has some sizzling summer talent in the form of these interns.

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05.13.13

Des Moines summer interns arrive

We’re fortunate to have some talented architecture students to intern with us this summer in the Des Moines studio.

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05.08.13

OPN One of the Corridor’s “Coolest Places to Work”

The Corridor Business Journal has named OPN as one of the coolest places to work in the corridor!

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03.29.13

OPN Receives Charles H. Weitz Award for Excellence

OPN was awarded the Charles H. Weitz Award for Excellence from the Weitz Company for the Veterans Memorial Auditorium renovation completed in 2012.

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03.08.13

A ‘Bright Idea’ for Cedar Rapids

OPN principal Dan Thies presented his ideas to make Cedar Rapids a brighter, more vibrant city at IGNITE Cedar Rapids.

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03.04.13

OPN wins Juror’s Favorite at 2013 Central Iowa Canstruction

OPN’s Des Moines office was won the award for ‘Juror’s Favorite’ at the 2013 Central Iowa Canstruction.

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02.12.13

Are Libraries Relevant in the Digital Age?

Our emphatic answer is yes, libraries continue to be essential community spaces. Our library team is deeply immersed in best practices for library design.

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02.05.13

Williamsburg Public Library Certified LEED Gold

Williamsburg Public Library is the most recent OPN project to receive recognition from the United States Green Building Council with an award of LEED Gold.

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02.05.13

Bright Grandview Clubhouse receives LEED Certification

The Bright Grandview Clubhouse in Des Moines, Iowa, received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification for new construction.

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02.01.13

Rick Seely Promoted to Principal at OPN

Richard Seely, AIA, is now a principal at OPN Architects, a regionally-recognized firm with offices in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids.

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Tursi_News

01.28.13

Joseph Tursi elected to 2013 AIA Iowa Board

The American Institute of Architects Iowa Chapter has elected Joseph Tursi to serve on the 2013 AIA Iowa Board of Directors as Second Vice President.

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01.28.13

Danielle Hermann elected to 2013 AIA Iowa Board

The American Institute of Architects Iowa Chapter has elected Danielle Hermann to serve on the 2013 AIA Iowa Board of Directors as Director.

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01.07.13

Heather Van Essen joins Des Moines office

Heather Van Essen has joined OPN Architects’ Des Moines office as a senior interior designer.

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01.02.13

Robin Wadle joins Des Moines office

Robin Wadle has joined OPN Architects’ Des Moines office as a receptionist/project assistant.

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12.17.12

Kelsey Jacobs joins Des Moines office

Kelsey Jacobs has joined OPN Architects’ Des Moines and Cedar Rapids offices as a knowledge management specialist.

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11.17.12

Urban Farm Wins ASLA Community Stewardship Award

OPN Architects collaborated with community members and Iowa State University design students to transform two-acres into a working urban farm.

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11.15.12

Mount Mercy University Center Awarded Energy Efficiency Award

Mount Mercy University and OPN Architects were awarded 2012 Excellence in Energy Efficient Design at the Iowa American Institute of Architects Convention.

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Courthouse_News

11.06.12

OPN Celebrates the Opening of New United States Courthouse

The Courthouse opened its doors to the public on November 6, 2012 on-time and on-budget — a rarity for GSA projects of this scale.

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Paramount Theatre_News

10.26.12

Paramount Theatre Unveiled

Nearly four and half years after being flooded, the renovation of the Paramount Theatre is complete and the curtains are coming up.

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State_Hygienic_Lab_News

10.24.12

State Hygienic Laboratory featured in Iowa Architect Magazine

The Fall 2012 issue of Iowa Architect Magazine featured the University of Iowa’s State Hygienic Laboratory, located in Coralville, Iowa.

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10.17.12

Rand Park Pavilion wins ASLA Merit Award

Landscape Architect, Kevin Conn, was honored to receive the first ASLA Merit Award for OPN Architects.

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10.10.12

The Hotel at Kirkwood featured in IA magazine

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center was featured in the first annual issue of ia magazine’s article, “A Tale of Two Hotels.”

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News_Hygienic-Lab

09.28.12

OPN Projects Recognized by AIA Iowa for Design Excellence

AIA Iowa announced the recipients of the AIA Iowa Excellence in Design Awards and the AIA Iowa Excellence in Sustainable Design Awards.

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08.15.12

Landon Burg joins Cedar Rapids office

Landon Burg, AIA, has joined OPN Architects’ Cedar Rapids office as an architect.

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08.05.12

Daniel Lamp joins Cedar Rapids office

Daniel Lamp has joined OPN Architects’ Cedar Rapids office as an intern architect.

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OPN-CR-Teaming_News

07.16.12

OPN Recognized as Corridor’s Best Architectural Firm

The Corridor Business Journal recognized OPN Architects as the corridor’s ‘Best Architectural Firm’ for the second year in a row.

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DM Farmers Market_News

05.27.12

We Need to Invest in Livable Communities

Cedar Rapids has an incredible opportunity to create a more livable community — and expand its economy at the same time.

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03.16.12

Danielle Hermann Named as Forty Under 40 Business Record Winner

Danielle Hermann was announced as one of the 2012 Business Record’s Forty Under 40.

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03.14.12

BioVentures Featured on Cover of Iowa Architect Magazine

BioVentures as the featured project for the Spring 2012 issue of IA Architect magazine.

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Katie Harms_News

01.28.12

Katie Harms Receives AIA 2012 Young Architects Award

Katie Harms is the first woman and only the third Iowan to receive the American Institute of Architects’ Young Architects Award.

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Vets-Des-Moines_News

01.10.12

OPN Celebrates the Completion of Iowa Convention Center

OPN Architects and tvsdesign recently celebrated completion of a $42,750,000 renovation to the existing Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Citizen-Architect

11.30.11

OPN Architects Recognized for Public Service

OPN Architects Brad Fritz and Bruce Hamous have been recognized as ‘Citizen Architects’ by AIA Iowa.

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10.24.11

Kirkwood Horticulture Building Featured on ArchDaily

The Kirkwood Horticulture Building at Kirkwood Community College designed by OPN was featured on ArchDaily.

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Submittal-Exchange

08.28.08

OPN Receives Vision Award for Use of Submittal Exchange System

OPN Architects received the gold from Constructech magazine’s annual Vision Awards program for the use of the Submittal Exchange™ system.

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