OPN Projects Recognized by AIA Iowa for Design Excellence

The American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter (AIA Iowa), announced the recipients of the AIA Iowa Excellence in Design Awards and the AIA Iowa Excellence in Sustainable Design Awards during an Award Celebration held Thursday, September 27, at the Bright Grandview Golf Course Clubhouse in Des Moines. These awards recognize excellence in architecture and sustainability and emphasize the importance of the profession in Iowa’s communities.

OPN Architects was recognized for their work in the Bright Grandview Golf Course Clubhouse in Des Moines and the State Hygienic Laboratory in Coralville, Iowa. The Clubhouse was noted for its “modern and fresh egalitarianism” and “the use of variable shading strategies.” The Hygienic Laboratory was recognized as a “terrific place to work. The design utilized best practice lab design to drive daylight into all the work environments.”

The 2012 AIA Iowa Awards Celebration, “Tee Off About Design” took place in conjunction with the AIA Iowa Annual Fall Convention held Thursday and Friday at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines. The 2012 Convention, “Core,” focused on sustainable architectural design, engineering and architecture integration, environmental and cultural influences and computer aided research in architecture.