The demand for “class A” office space and a strong public and private partnership resulted in a 140,000-square-foot, eight-story office complex and extensive riverfront improvements. Located on a prominent site on the Cedar River in downtown Cedar Rapids, the project included an extensive plaza development, riverfront improvements including pedestrian look-outs, walking paths, and environmental parking lots. OPN directed the design for the entire project.
The building design composition was site specific with a strong urban sensitive facade on First Street facing downtown, and an equally strong geometric statement facing east across the river. A multi-colored reflective glass curtain wall sits on a granite aggregate base, evoking a progressive cutting edge image. The fast track schedule had the project completed in eleven months with 50% of the floors built out. OPN was also responsible for all tenant planning and interior design.
The Great America project received the Council for Urban Economic Development (EUED) “Gold Award”. The award is the highest honor given for public/private development and impact success.
“OPN was a part of the design development team and met or exceeded every expectation I had for not only the building itself, but also development of the riverfront area adjacent to the building.”
— Tom Aller, 2001 Development Corp.