OPN Architects Recognized for Public Service

Several members of the American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter (AIA Iowa) have been recognized as a participants in the AIA Iowa Citizen Architect Program by AIA Iowa for service to their communities. Among those recognized are Bradley Fritz, AIA and Bruce Hamous, AIA of OPN Architects.

Bradley Fritz serves as vice chair of the Historic Preservation Commission for the City of Cedar Rapids where he lends architectural expertise to the decisions made by the commission regarding the salvage, restoration or demolition of historic properties and neighborhoods in Cedar Rapids.  The commission has been working with the Cedar Rapids City Council, the State Historic Preservation Office and FEMA to prevent the complete or permanently altering destruction of long-established neighborhoods in Cedar Rapids as a result of the 2008 flood.  Fritz also serves as a board member for Theater Cedar Rapids.

Bruce Hamous was instrumental in founding the Eastern Iowa branch of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).  [The USGBC is a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable building design and construction, also the developers of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building rating system.]  As a member of the leadership board, Hamous and his colleagues urged Cedar Rapids city government to adopt LEED standards for all publicly funded construction and, in 2010, the city council adopted a policy that mandates all new city buildings be built to LEED Gold standards.

The Citizen Architect Program recognizes AIA Iowa members who represent AIA’s values in their community through public service.