OPN, Ryan honored for design, build of Merchants Bonding

OPN Architects and Ryan Company were honored by the Design-Build Institute of America Mid-American Region at the organization’s annual Design-Build Awards ceremony in Kansas City on Oct. 20. The team accepted a 2016 Honor Award for Best Commercial Office Project for their collective work the new corporate headquarters for Merchants Bonding Company.

The award recognizes a design-build project and team within the four state region of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa, for implementing design-build best practices to achieve project goals with particular emphasis on aesthetics, design quality, functionality, life cycle value, innovation and customer satisfaction on commercial office projects. The building was designed by OPN. Ryan was the contractor.

The design of Merchants Bonding Company’s new corporate headquarters in West Des Moines honors the firm’s history while simultaneously looking to and embracing the future. Merchants moved into the OPN-designed 50,000-square-foot Class A office in August 2015. The design is flexible and transparent while also honoring the company’s history and inspiring confidence in the future with materials that imbue permanence. Despite doubling the size of their former main building and purchasing the building headquarters, with anticipated room for future growth. It is designed to comfortably fit 160 employees and allows for a possible addition to the south.