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11.01.14

OPN Awarded Two Central States Region Design Excellence Awards

Two OPN projects, the Cedar Rapids Public Library and Paramount Theatre Restoration, were recognized with Design Awards at the AIA Central States Region (CSR) 2014 Excellence in Design Gala – A Celebration of Design on October 23 in Springfield, Missouri.

The AIA Central States Region includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. The Excellence in Design Awards are the highest recognition for works that exemplify excellence in commercial architecture, historic preservation/adaptive reuse, residential architecture, urban design and planning, and interior architecture. Projects are judged based on a variety of features, including unique design, originality, extended use attributes, sustainability, budget, and use of environmental surroundings.

Cedar Rapids Public Library was recognized in the category of Architecture, and the Paramount Theatre was a Merit winner for Architectural Preservation. Both projects were led by principal Bradd Brown, who accepted the awards on behalf of the design team.