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AIA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE), of which OPN’s Sustainability Director Tate Walker is a member, has spent the last year reassessing ways to measure sustainable design emphasizing wellness, cost-effectiveness, and resilience. As a result of their efforts the AIA Committee on the … Continued
The State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa has been awarded the Nation’s Healthiest Lab Award by the Association of Public Health Laboratories.
OPN received an excellence in architecture award from the AIA Central States Region at the annual convention in Kansas on Oct. 20 for their design of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.’s corporate research and development facility at the Research Park campus in Ames, Iowa.
OPN Architects and Ryan Company were honored with a Design-Build Institute of America Mid-American Region 2016 Honor Award for Best Commercial Office Project for their collective work the new corporate headquarters for Merchants Bonding Company.
OPN Architects was honored at the AIA Iowa convention with a Craft Award for the restoration of the historic Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids and a Merit Award for Delta Dental’s expansion of their corporate headquarters in Johnston.
Danielle Hermann, an Associate Principal at OPN, was honored by AIA Iowa as this year’s Young Architect at the state convention on Sept. 22.
The University of Iowa’s College of Pharmacy celebrated the groundbreaking of the college’s first new building in a decade on Sept. 29. The new state-of-the-art building is designed by The S/L/A/M Collaborative and OPN Architects to enhance student collaboration and team-based learning.
What a difference a week makes. As downtown re-opens and our city breathes a collective sigh of relief today after the Cedar River crested at its second-highest level earlier this week, OPN is thrilled to announce that our submission to the AIA I … Continued
It’s surreal, but true. Eight years after historic flooding devastated the city of Cedar Rapids, our community is again bracing for a flood of epic proportions. OPN Architect’s Cedar Rapids studio is within the area affected by the crest of … Continued
Two of our projects for the Iowa City Community School District — Penn and Alexander elementary schools — in 2015 were honored with a Excellence in Energy Efficient Design Award at the 2016 American Institute of Architects Iowa regional convention in Des Moines on Sept. 21.
OPN Architect’s exterior restoration of the Historic Polk County Courthouse was recognized on Sept. 15 by Preservation Iowa at the nonprofit’s summit in Davenport. One of eight awards, the Polk County Courthouse project was honored for the preservation of a … Continued
In architecture, this delayed gratification is resulting in a trend toward performance-based incentives. Architecture firms and clients are entering into formal, and informal, agreements — some with monetary incentives attached — that ensure designs are living up to the promises made in the RFQ process.
The United States Courthouse in Cedar Rapids — designed by OPN Architects and William Rawn Associates — has been honored by the U.S. General Services Administration with a 2016 Design Award.
OPN Architects is growing. Among those to join OPN’s Cedar Rapids studio are Alberto Paez and Lynette Markofski.
OPN Architects is growing. We welcomed more than 20 new employees and interns over the summer. Among the most recent to join OPN’s Cedar Rapids studio are: Andru Meiners, Michelle McCullough, Steve Miller, and Thomas Thatcher.
Katie Harms, AIA, a Project Manager at OPN Architects’ Cedar Rapids studio, was featured in the June issue of Connections, an architecture and design journal of AIA’s The Young Architects Forum.
Three of OPN’s young leaders are learning more about the cities in which they live, play, and work through various leadership programs in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and Des Moines.
While some may question the relevancy of libraries in today’s digital age, in designing more than 40 public libraries over the past 20 years, OPN Architects has seen first-hand that the role of these most public of all institutions is … Continued
The United States Courthouse in Cedar Rapids — designed by OPN Architects with William Rawn Associates — was honored this week by The American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Justice. The courthouse, which opened in 2012, is one of … Continued
OPN Architect’s bike parklet design for the Iowa City Downtown District recognizes Iowa City’s community identity by marrying three functions — public sculpture, community playground, and bicycle parking — into one structure. It makes a bold statement with an iconic structure that will create memorable experiences for all ages.
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
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
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
OPN Architects is growing. We will welcome more than 20 new employees and summer interns in the next three months.
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
October 2016: Two projects by Iowa State University College of Design students have been named to ArchDaily’s list of “The Best Student Design-Build Projects Worldwide 2016.” The online publication chose “TwoXTwo,” a project by nearly 80 second-year architecture students, and … Continued
OPN Architects $1.9 million restoration of a historic park has brought new life to Greene Square in downtown Cedar Rapids.
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
OPN Architects Principal Bradd Brown will present about the Paramount Theatre at the national AIA convention in Philadelphia.
OPN Architects is thrilled to add nine talented men and women to our rosters this summer.
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
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
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
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
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
Architects at OPN Madison were inspired by Chuck Close’s Keith IV for their Design MMoCa 2016 exhibit.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
OPN designers, Cedar Rapids Public Library management presented at this year’s American Library Association Conference in San Francisco.
The OPN-designed 5th Element Coffee Bar reflects the company’s mission to keep its coffee real and honest.
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.
OPN Architects is pleased to be included on the ENR Top 500 Design Firms 2015 list.
OPN Architects has officially pledged its support to the 2030 Challenge.
Stacey Hanley, associate AIA, associate ASLA, LEED AP, intern architect at OPN, was recently appointed Chair of the Iowa Architectural Foundation Board of Trustees.
Denise Clark, ASLA, landscape architect at OPN, was appointed Vice President of Matthew 25’s Board of Directors.
The Cedar Rapids Public Library was featured on the cover of Library Journal’s 2014 Year in Architecture issue.
OPN’s very own Danielle Hermann was elected secretary for the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
The schematic design, project description, and budget for the construction of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy have been approved.
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.
Marketing Director Kate Beihl was recognized in the Corridor Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 program for 2014.
The Cedar Rapids Public Library and Paramount Theatre Restoration were recognized at the AIA Central States Region Design Excellence Awards.
Katie Harms has been named the Young Architect Regional Director for the 2015-2016 AIA Central States Region.
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.
The Cedar Rapids Public Library has been recognized by the International Interior Design Association and the American Library Association.
Justin Bishop was a panelist for “Performance: A Building Envelope Case Study of Hancher Auditorium” at the 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.
The Linn County Options Building has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification for new construction.
Wes Reynolds named principal and leader of new OPN Architects Madison studio.
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.
OPN participated in Library Journal’s Design Institute, contributing to expert panel discussions on pressing topics and trends in library space and design.
Danielle Hermann, AIA, was awarded the Design Achievement Award from Iowa State University’s Alumni Association and the College of Design.
Brian Lane, a Project Manager with OPN, was a session speaker at the Construction Owners Association of America’s Leadership Conference.
Heather Van Essen, an Interior Designer with OPN, was an education session panelist at the Iowa Commercial Real Estate Expo in Des Moines, Iowa
OPN Architects has received Excellence in Energy Efficient Design awards recognizing outstanding efforts in reducing energy use.
Isaac Bracher, AIA, was a recipient of the Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning Alumni Society 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award.
The Des Moines Fire Logistics and Training Facility received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification for new construction.
The Corridor Business Journal has named OPN as one of the coolest places to work in the corridor!
OPN was awarded the Charles H. Weitz Award for Excellence from the Weitz Company for the Veterans Memorial Auditorium renovation completed in 2012.
OPN’s Des Moines office was won the award for ‘Juror’s Favorite’ at the 2013 Central Iowa Canstruction.
The Bright Grandview Clubhouse in Des Moines, Iowa, received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification for new construction.
Mount Mercy University and OPN Architects were awarded 2012 Excellence in Energy Efficient Design at the Iowa American Institute of Architects Convention.
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.
The Fall 2012 issue of Iowa Architect Magazine featured the University of Iowa’s State Hygienic Laboratory, located in Coralville, Iowa.
AIA Iowa announced the recipients of the AIA Iowa Excellence in Design Awards and the AIA Iowa Excellence in Sustainable Design Awards.
The Corridor Business Journal recognized OPN Architects as the corridor’s ‘Best Architectural Firm’ for the second year in a row.
Danielle Hermann was announced as one of the 2012 Business Record’s Forty Under 40.
BioVentures as the featured project for the Spring 2012 issue of IA Architect magazine.
Katie Harms is the first woman and only the third Iowan to receive the American Institute of Architects’ Young Architects Award.
OPN Architects and tvsdesign recently celebrated completion of a $42,750,000 renovation to the existing Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Kirkwood Horticulture Building at Kirkwood Community College designed by OPN was featured on ArchDaily.
OPN Architects received the gold from Constructech magazine’s annual Vision Awards program for the use of the Submittal Exchange™ system.