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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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Stacey Hanley

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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Denise Clark

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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College of Pharmacy

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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Downtown Des Moines

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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Polk County

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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Kate Award

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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Confluence

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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CRPL IIDA ALA Award

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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Evan Lamprecht Web

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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Canstruction 2014 CR

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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Justin Bishop

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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Ryan Ellsworth

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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Vicki Hyland & Bill Catrenich

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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Jarrod Siegel CROP

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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Spring Break Interns Website

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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Mike Pollmann CROP

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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Malorie Hepner CROP

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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Lauren Gillen CROP

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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Ben Hovland CROP

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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Angela Gehl CROP

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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Thomas Martinez CROP

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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Logan Nolin CROP

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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Jennifer Kleese CROP

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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Scott Johnson CROP

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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Bradd Brown Principal

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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Alexandra Rook CROP

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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Green Day

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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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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Burg_news

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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Lamp_news

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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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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Danielle_Hermann_News

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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News_Horticulture

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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