OPN wins Juror’s Favorite at 2013 Central Iowa Canstruction

OPN’s Des Moines office was won the award for ‘Juror’s Favorite’ at the 2013 Central Iowa Canstruction. The event was held at the Science Center of Iowa on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Canstruction is an annual competition between Architecture and Engineering firms to design and construct fantastic, giant sized, structures made entirely out of packaged food, primarily cans. At the close of the competition all of the structures are dismantled and the food is donated to the Food Bank of Iowa to benefit hungry families throughout central Iowa.

OPN’s entry, entitled “Pudding a Stop to Hunger: Can-zilla vs. Choco-Kong”, features familiar buildings from downtown Des Moines which serves as a backdrop for an epic battle between Can-zilla and Choco-Kong. Stop by the Science Center until March 8th and see the Science Center, Central Library, Ruan Building and an 8 foot tall version of 801 Grand all built out of cans. The three and a half foot tall Can-zilla, created out of tuna cans, stomps through the Central Library as a three foot tall Choco-Kong, made of chocolate pudding boxes, scales the side of 801 Grand amidst a swarm of candy bi-planes.

The build consists of over 2,000 food items valued at $1,900.

Thank you to OPN’s sponsors that contributed donations to make this build successful: DCI Group, Alvine Engineering, Shuck-Britson and Fareway Stores.

Check out a timelapse video of the build.


To celebrate what would be Grant Wood's 125th birthday, the Cedar Rapids Convention and Visitor's Bureau is bringing back Overalls All Over. Inspired by Grant Wood's most famous painting, American Gothic, businesses and organizations were invited to sponsor sculptures, which will be installed all over the city from May through September. OPN's will be on display at the DoubleTree Hotel.