OPN Recognized as Corridor’s Best Architectural Firm

The Corridor Business Journal has recognized OPN Architects as the corridor’s ‘Best Architectural Firm.’ This is the second year in a row that OPN has captured the award and the fifth time in the award’s history. Each year the Corridor Business Journal sends a survey to CBJ readers, which includes influential leaders and decision makers in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor.

The following article appeared in the July 16-22, 2012 Corridor Business Journal.  

Much like the industry it works in, OPN as a business has continued to evolve. The architecture firm has answered to energy efficient and LEED efforts initiated by clients.

OPN Architects based in Cedar Rapids, is known locally for helping with several major projects in downtown Cedar Rapids. The company was voted as the best architecture firm in the Corridor.

“The recognition by the CBJ readers has always been very exciting for the entire studio, knowing that the projects we’re working on, people are taking notice and people are excited about what they’re seeing,” said Dan Thies, president and principal at OPN.

“There’s been an extraordinary amount of work brought on by the recovery effort post flood,” he said.

Mr. Thies said despite the rough economy, the firm has been able to do business.

“What’s interesting is that in spite of what we are all reading relative to the economic challenges, there are many companies that are growing, expanding and are very profitable and they’ve reset the way they do business,” Mr. Thies said. “They’ve waited and have been patient to get through this economic transition.”

The architecture firm has been involved in several flood recovery projects including the downtown Cedar Rapids library, Theatre Cedar Rapids, the Paramount Theatre and the convention complex, among others. Mr. Thies said some of the public projects have helped the firm stand out among others.

OPN has about 74 employees working out of their Cedar Rapids and Des Moines studios.

“The studios are as energized by the work as they’ve ever been,” Mr. Thies said. “There’s a lot of great things for everyone to be involved with right now that it is fun and exciting all at the same time.”