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On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, the exterior lights of the Polk County Courthouse were turned on, marking the completion of the building’s first phase of renovation and illuminating the historic landmark. The final phase of renovation, set to be completed in … Continued
OPN Architects will be hosting the Iowa Women in Architecture (iaWia) Speed Mentoring networking event in our downtown Cedar Rapids studio. The event will be held on Thursday, November 13th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Formatted similar to speed … Continued
On Thursday, October 23rd, Kate Beihl was recognized in the Corridor Business Journal’s 2014 40 Under 40 program. Kate was honored for the dedication and passion that she has shown as a young professional and community leader in Iowa’s Creative Corridor. As … Continued
A well-deserved congratulations goes out to Katie Harms! Katie has been named the Young Architect Regional Director for the 2015-2016 AIA Central States Region. In this position, Katie will gather information regarding issues facing young architects within the Central States Region … Continued
Congratulations to Iowa State University! The ribbon cutting ceremony for our collaborative work with ZGF Architects will commence this afternoon. The ceremony marks the official completion of the Biorenewables Complex, a two-phase project including both the Biorenewables Research Laboratory (BRL) and the … Continued
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 on Broom Street. WHEN Thursday, September 4 Open House from 3pm to 6pm Ribbon Cutting at 4pm Drinks … Continued
Designed by OPN Architects, the Cedar Rapids Public Library has been recognized by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the American Library Association (ALA) as an honorable mention in their excellence in interior design awards for public libraries over … Continued
This week the Cedar Rapids studio welcomes a new group of talented interns. Erica Frederiksen holds a BS in Interior Design from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Erica was born in California and enjoys playing tennis, traveling the world and watching … Continued
OPN Architects is excited to welcome Elizabeth (Eli) Goll to our staff. Having previously interned with OPN in the Summer of 2013, Eli graduated with a Masters of Architecture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2014 and joins our Des … Continued
OPN Architects is very pleased to welcome new intern architect Alex Streyffeler to our Des Moines office. Alex recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. While there, he also received the AIA … Continued
OPN is pleased to welcome Chris Rokahr to our Cedar Rapids office! Chris holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Christopher is equally dangerous with a hammer and a pen. As a lifelong builder and “jack of … Continued
OPN is very pleased to announce the addition of Evan Lamprecht as Intern Architect in our Cedar Rapids studio. Evan brings a passion for architecture and design and finds it very rewarding to work with clients to create a space … Continued
Hot off the heels of the OPN Des Moines Canstruction win, OPN Cedar Rapids took the title of “Jurors’ Favorite” at the 2014 Corridor Canstruction! Canstruction is an annual competition between architects, engineers, contractors and designers to design and construct … Continued
Justin Bishop, an architect with OPN, was an education session panelist at the AIA Iowa Spring Conference held in Ames, Iowa on April 16, 2014. As the panelist for “Performance: A Building Envelope Case Study of Hancher Auditorium,” Bishop led … Continued
OPN is very excited to announce the addition of Meganne Tedman as Interior Designer. Meganne is originally from Sabetha, Kansas and holds a BS in Design from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Meganne brings with her a wealth of experience gained … Continued
OPN Architects is very pleased to welcome new job captain Ryan Ellsworth to our Des Moines office! Ryan’s prior notable work includes the Heavener Football Complex at the University of Florida (Florida’s first LEED Platinum project,) the University of Iowa’s … Continued
OPN construction administrators Bill Catrenich and Vicki Hyland served as educational seminar panelists at this year’s AIA Iow Spring Conference held in Amex, Iowa on April 16, 2014. As the presenting panelists for the “Becoming a Better Construction Administrator” session, … Continued
Restoration of Historic Theater Ranked with World’s Best OPN Architects’ restoration of Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids has been awarded a Special Mention for Architecture + Restoration in the Architizer A+ Awards. In June 2008, a record flood devastated the … Continued
OPN Architects is excited to welcome intern architect Jarrod Siegel to our Des Moines office. Jarrod comes to OPN from the U.S. Green Building Council in Washington, D.C. where he served as LEED Specialist and provided LEED consulting and technical … Continued
For the second year in a row, OPN’s Des Moines office won the award for “Jurors’ Favorite’ at the 2014 Central Iowa Canstruction. Canstruction is an annual competition between Architecture and Engineering firms to design and construct fantastic, giant-sized structures … Continued
The Linn County Options Building has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification for new construction [LEED-NC 2009]. The new 97,000 square foot facility replaces the departmental offices lost during the devastating flood of 2008 and brings together all of the community … Continued
While some college students hit the beach during spring break, we were lucky enough to scoop up three stellar interns! We are very excited to have Zahn, Alex and Tianhui utilizing their fresh design skills in our studio this week. … Continued
OPN is pleased to announce that Wesley T. Reynolds is now a Principal at OPN and will be leading the firm’s new studio in Madison, Wisconsin.
OPN Architects is very excited to announce the addition of Mike Pollmann as architect in our Des Moines office. Mike joins OPN with prior experience in architecture, working on many notable projects including Heart of Doha in Doha, Qatar and … Continued
OPN is very excited to introduce another member to our Madison office! Malorie Hepner joins OPN as an intern architect, having previously worked for Brost Architects & Planners in Hiawatha, IA. Malorie holds a Masters of Architecture from Savannah College … Continued
OPN Architects is very excited to welcome architect Robert Wheat to our ever-expanding Madison team. Robert holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University and previously worked for Senektekts. While there, Robert designed notable projects such as the Monroe Municipal … Continued
OPN Architects is very pleased to introduce Lauren Gillen as our newest interior designer. Lauren is a graduate from Iowa State University and previously interned with OPN Architects before joining the team full-time. Lauren has assisted with notable projects like … Continued
OPN Architects is pleased to welcome Benjamin Hovland as an intern architect. Ben holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He previously worked for Varenhorst in Philadelphia, PA where his most notable design work included 23rd and Cherry … Continued
OPN Architects is pleased to announce the addition of Angela Gehl as construction administrator. Angela holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering from Iowa State University. Angela’s most notable work includes Des Moines Public Schools Garton Elementary, Grandview University … Continued
Dan Thies has been named one of Cedar Rapids / Iowa City’s ‘Most Influential’ citizens. The designation is determined by an open online vote conducted by the Corridor Business Journal. Dan was voted third in a list of the top 30 most influential people in the Cedar Rapids.
OPN Architects is thrilled to welcome Thomas Martinez to the OPN team as an intern architect. Previously working for Cannon Moss Brygger Architects in Grand Island, NE, Thomas holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Thomas enjoys … Continued
OPN Architects is excited to announce the addition of Logan Nolin as marketing coordinator. Logan is a graduate from the University of Westminster in London, UK with a BA (Honours) degree in Marketing Communications. While at Westminster, Logan entered the … Continued
OPN Architects is excited to introduce Jennifer Kleese as Director of Human Resources. Jennifer brings with her a wealth of experience working for national level, privately-held companies across the United States. Jennifer holds a Master of Science in Human Resources … Continued
OPN Architects is excited to introduce Scott Johnson as an intern architect after previously working at BDC as project manager. Scott is currently working on Principal Financial Group, Corp 4. Scott holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University. … Continued
On November 19, Library Journal Magazine will host a free webinar — Designing Your Library for Interactivity. Bradd Brown, principal at OPN Architects, will help lead the discussion exploring the ways in which technology is impacting library design and how libraries can prepare for the future.
OPN participated in Library Journal’s Design Institute, contributing to expert panel discussions on pressing topics and trends in library space and design.
Polk County voters approved the $81M bond referendum to renovate the existing courthouse and expand the courts services to the former county jail and former Wellmark building. The referendum was approved by 67 percent of voters.
OPN Architects is pleased to welcome Holden Rasmussen to the OPN team as intern architect. Prior to joining OPN, Holden was an intern architect at Miller Sellers Heroux Architects where he participated on numerous healthcare renovation design teams. Originally from … Continued
Danielle Hermann, AIA, along with other founding members of Iowa Women in Architecture (iaWia), was awarded the Design Achievement Award from Iowa State University’s Alumni Association and the College of Design. iaWai is a non-profit education organization to support and promote women involved in the design and construction of the built environment.
Brian Lane, a Project Manager with OPN, was a session speaker at the Construction Owners Association of America’s Leadership Conference held in La Jolla, California. The session, “Collaboration in a Constrained Environment” focused on Iowa’s choice of project delivery methods in using Construction Managers from the beginning of projects.
OPN Architects is very pleased to announce the addition of Alexandra Rook as interior designer. Prior to joining OPN, Alexandra worked at Steffian Bradley Architects as an interior designer. Her passion for great design and health care informed her work … Continued
Heather Van Essen, an Interior Designer with OPN, was an education session panelist at the Iowa Commercial Real Estate Expo in Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa Commercial Real Estate Expo facilitates education, networking and attracts real estate professionals from Iowa and surrounding states.
OPN Architects was recognized for their design of the Delta Dental of Iowa Headquarters in Johnston, Iowa. The new office building is highly-visible along Interstate 80/35 and is designed to be energy-efficient, flexible, and expandable.
OPN Architects was recognized for their restoration of the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Overtaken by a devastating flood in June 2008, OPN’s charge was to ensure it would be restored in a manner that honored the building’s rich history and cultural significance.
OPN Architects has received Excellence in Energy Efficient Design awards recognizing outstanding efforts in reducing energy use.
The Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning Alumni Society Board of Directors recently named Isaac Bracher, AIA as a recipient of its 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award.
Scott C. Allen, AIA has joined OPN Architects’ Des Moines office as a project manager. Specializing in historical restoration, he has worked projects including the Iowa State Capitol, The World Food Prize, Spaulding Center for Transportation and Morrill Hall at Iowa State University.
The Des Moines Fire Logistics and Training Facility has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification for new construction [LEED-NC 2009].
Each year OPN hosts a one-day sustainability workshop to realign us with our core sustainability goals. On June 18, both offices converged at Grinnell College for our annual Green Day symposium. This year we heard from guest speakers Nico Kienzl, the Director of Atelier Ten’s New York office and George Bandy Jr, Vice President of Interface.
City officials celebrated the completion of a $106 million renovation to the Cedar Rapids Convention Complex with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday. The complex unites three spaces, the U.S. Cellular Center Arena and Convention Center and the DoubleTree by Hilton … Continued
For those of us lucky enough to work here, we know that OPN is a pretty cool company — but now it’s official! The Corridor Business Journal has named OPN as one of the coolest places to work in the … Continued
OPN was recently 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 event was held at the Science Center of Iowa on Saturday, March 2, 2013.
Even with the world’s information on your iPad, our emphatic answer is yes, libraries will continue to be essential community spaces. As designers of more than 30 libraries, our library team at OPN is deeply immersed in best practices for … Continued
The Bright Grandview Clubhouse located in Des Moines has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification for new construction [LEED-NC 2009].
Richard Seely, AIA is now a principal at OPN Architects, a regionally-recognized firm with offices in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids. An Associate since 2005, Seely has built an extensive portfolio of high-profile and award-winning work. He joins Terry Gebard, AIA as a principal in the Des Moines office.
Kelsey Jacobs has joined OPN Architects’ Des Moines and Cedar Rapids offices as a knowledge management specialist. Kelsey holds a MS in sociology from Iowa State University and a BA in communication studies and anthropology from Central College.
Mount Mercy University and OPN Architects were awarded 2012 Excellence in Energy Efficient Design at the Iowa American Institute of Architects Convention in Des Moines.
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 on September 27.
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, along with the Polk County Board of Supervisors and Global Spectrum recently celebrated completion of a $42,750,000 renovation to the existing Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, Iowa.
Designed by OPN Architects, the Kirkwood Horticulture Building at Kirkwood Community College is a 40,000sf facility that houses the burgeoning floral and horticultural program for its host school.
Cedar Rapids, Ia. (August 28, 2008) – OPN Architects, with offices in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, received the gold from Constructech magazine’s annual Vision Awards program for their use of the Submittal Exchange™ system to reduce construction paperwork.