NKU Student Union featured on WCPO Cincinnati

By popular vote, NKU's Student Union has been voted the favorite building on a Kentucky campus. WCPO look closer at this beautifully designed building and talks with Omni design principal Michael Jacobs. Read more here.

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NKU Student Union Voted one of Top Ten buildings in Kentucky

The Northern Kentucky University Student Union has been voted one of the top ten most popular buildings in Kentucky in a contest sponsored by AIA Kentucky, Kentucky Educational Television (KET), and their partners. In celebration of AIA Kentucky's 50th anniversary, the organizations joined to celebrate and recognize Kentucky Architecture that has influenced the way Kentuckians live, work, and play.

To generate awareness of how a building can impact an individual and/or a community, Kentuckians were invited to nominate significant, memorable and functional buildings of all sizes and styles online. Public Nominations closed June 15, 2013 with over 170 buildings nominated. An AIA Selection Committee identified the 50 finalists for the most popular buildings, which included two projects designed by Omni Architects: the NKU Student Union and the University of Kentucky’s University Health Service building.
See all of the 50 finalists here.

The Best Kentucky Buildings winners (in order):
1. St. Mary's Catherdral Basilica *  (David Davis & Leon Coquard Architects)
2. The Ascent at Roebling's Bridge (Studio Daniel Libeskind)
3. The Louisville Palace Theater* (John Eberson)
4. Jacobs Hall Museum *
5. Old State Capitol * (Gideon Shryock, Architect)
6. NKU Student Union (By Omni Architects)
7. Twin Spires of Churchill Downs*  
8. Federal Hill (My Old Kentucky Home) *
9. Calumet Farm *
10. Jesse R. Zeigler House (Frank Lloyd Wight) *

*Denotes Historic Landmark designation by the National Register of Historic Places

The winners were announced November 21 in Louisville at a special event attended by nominees, owners and architects of the nominated buildings, as well as the general public.
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“We have always appreciated the recognition that our  NKU Student Union has received from our peers. We think the design will stand the test of time”, said Michael Jacobs, vice president of Omni.  

Considering the competition, Jacobs was pleasantly surprised by the results of the contest. “Imagine our surprise to see this project come in at Number 6 out of 50 in a statewide public opinion poll, considering the project is held up among designs by architects Daniel Libeskind, Frank Lloyd Wright, Fay Jones, Mies van der Rohe, and Gideon Shyrock. Eight on the Top 10 List are projects on the National Register of Historic Places. Yes, this is a public honor indeed. Thanks Kentucky.”
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UofL Student Rec Center Opens

University of Louisville officials and students cut the ribbon October 18 on the 128,000 square foot Student Recreation Center. The $37.5 million facility - designed by Cannon Design in collaboration with Omni Architects - includes a 14,000 square foot exercise and weight facility with more than 85 pieces of cardio equipment and 22 treadmills; six basketball courts; a multi-activity court for indoor soccer and floor hockey; racquetball courts; aerobics studios; and facilities for fitness evaluations. A 1/10-mile walking and jogging track will overlook the weight room.

Other features include a second weight and cardio facility; a lighted, artificial turf field for recreational use and physical education classes; an indoor golf simulator; classrooms and a gaming area featuring video stations.

The first UofL building to be heated and cooled with geothermal energy, the center is expected to earn gold certification through the USGBC's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

Watch the Dedication video, or learn more about the new Student Recreation Center.
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UK Markey Cancer Center designated as National Cancer Center


The University of Kentucky's Markey Cancer Center announced its designation as a National Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. This designation places UK among an elite group of 22 research universities with the triple crown of federal research awards: NCI-designation, the Clinical Translational Sciences Award and a federally supported Alzheimer's Disease Center. Omni Architects has worked with the university to design various facilities for the Markey Cancer Center.

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Cleaning The Kentucky River Begins Up On The Roof


Omni Architect principal Eric Zabilka was recently interviewed by WEKU's Jacalyn Carfagno to discuss the green features of the New Science Building at Eastern Kentucky University.

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EKU New Science Building featured in University Building magazine


EKU’s New Science Building is among 16 academic facilities recognized in the February issue of University Business magazine as an example of how institutions are adapting to shifting educational trends by “creating learning spaces that foster innovative thinking and collaboration—and prepare students for the future.”

The facility, which includes over 300,000 SF in two phases, was designed by Omni Architects and houses the , Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy, Science Education, and the Division of Natural Areas.
Click here to read “ Inside Look: Learning Spaces-- Meeting classroom teaching and collaboration expectations and facilities,”

To read more about the project, click here.
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Inside/Outside presents concept for Town Branch

Dutch firm Inside/Outside was selected as one of five design firms to present their concept for the Town Branch Commons Master Plan to the Lexington Downtown Development Authority. The Inside/Outside team included the local firms of Omni Architects and Carman Associates for landscape architecture.

At the core of the proposed Inside/Outside design solution:

1. Revive Town Branch Creek

2. Create a continuous flow of diverse public spaces - the Commons

3. Design city streets with character. This would be achieved by:
• bring nature into the city
• use and emphasize local topography,
• add new public space typologies,
• design multifunctional spaces,
• encourage sports and recreation in the city,
• involve art in public spaces.

To see more of the proposed concept, click here.
To learn more about the Town Branch Commons Master Plan, visit the project web site.

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Topping Out ceremony held for UofL SRC


A "Topping Out" ceremony for U of L's new Student Recreation Center took place Tuesday, February 5.  U of L President James Ramsey and more than 50 students signed the final beam before workers installed it.

The facility is expected to cost $37.5 million and will include an exercise and weight facility, six basketball courts, a jogging track, classrooms, and other facilities.
The center will also be the first building at U of L to be heated and cooled with geothermal energy.  It's expected to earn gold certification through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
"This facility will help us continue to attract the best and brightest students to the University of Louisville," President Ramsey said. "Students today expect not only outstanding academic programs, but also social and recreational opportunities as part of their campus experience."

The project is being designed by Omni Architects, in association with Cannon Design.

What is a Topping Out ceremony?
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Learn more about the project here.
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Maysville CTC Licking Valley Campus Opens New Wing

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, October 4, for the new Health Sciences Wing of Maysville Community & Technical College's Licking Valley Campus. Omni designed the new 8,000 square foot wing, which features instructional and administrative space such as nursing and simulation labs. The new space will support the growth of the Licking Valley Campus Nursing and Allied Health program.

The Licking Valley Campus is one of three campuses and two extensions of Maysville Community and Technical College. Maysville CTC was ranked among the nation’s fastest growing two-year public colleges by Community College Week in 2010.

This project marks Omni’s twelfth project for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and the third project for Maysville Community and Technical College.
Click here to learn more about the project.

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UofL's new Rec Center to enhance student experience

UofL students soon will enjoy state-of-the-art sports and recreation facilities in a location more convenient to new housing and other development on the west side of Belknap Campus. Read more of this article from the recent edition of UofL Today.

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Jacobs home featured in national publication

The home of Omni partner and Vice President Michael Jacobs and his wife Margie (also an architect) has been featured in 50 US Architects: Residential + Planning, a new hardcover book written by award-winning author Damir Sinovcic and published by Design Book.

The book was unveiled on Friday, March 9, 2012. 50 US Architects: Residential + Planning presents a curated collection of award-winning residential and master planning work from leading American designers whose philosophies are rooted in the modernist doctrine or are distilled from vernacular precedents. Meticulously detailed and site-specific, the featured projects focus on sustainability, technology, and the human spirit. Award winning designers from all 50 states are included in the publication and Omni Architects was selected to represent the state of Kentucky. To learn more about the Jacobs House, featured on the cover of the book in this photo, click here.For more information about the event or to view the video and image gallery, visit: www.designbook.us/events/us50.To order a copy of the 50 US Architects: Residential + Planning book, visit: www.50usarchitects.com.
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Plans for NKU Rec Center taking shape

The new Recreation Center at Northern Kentucky University will be a facility that reflects the opinions and desires of multiple constituencies. Click here to read the latest article in The Northerner, NKU's campus newspaper.

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Omni's Michael Jacobs interviewed by WUKY

Through his teaching role at the University of Kentucky's College of Design, Michael Jacobs has been a key member of the team that is developing the Houseboats to Energy Efficient Residences (HBEER) program. Learn more about this unique opportunity for a struggling industry.

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EKU Science Building offers food for thought

On-campus restaurant in EKU's new Science Building offers healthy, affordable food choices and comfortable atmosphere.

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UofL Rec Center in the news

The new U of L Student Recreation Center was recently featured in a WAVE TV story, which included interviews with students and images of the project.

The facility was also featured in a recent edition of Louisville's business journal, Business First, the focus of which was how the facility is expected to enhance the student experience at U of L. Omni was selected to provide design services for the new $37.5 million facility, which is expected to be completed in August of 2013. Michael Jacobs is Principal in Charge and Project Manager, and Senior Associate Don Adams is the Project Architect.
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HBEER Project Benefits University of Kentucky Students

The University of Kentucky has released a new video, which talks about the ways HBEER benefits UK design students. The project was conceived to provide affordable, energy-efficient housing for low-income families, as well as a create an alternative product for houseboat manufacturers, who have been hard hit by the economy.

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Governer appoints Jacobs to High Performance Buildings Advisory Committee

Omni partner Michael Jacobs has been appointed to the High Performance Buildings Advisory Committee, filling one of the terms expiring Aug. 22, 2012.
Governor Beshear appointed the following members to the Committee:
  • Michael Jacobs, of Lexington, is an architect at Omni Architects. He represents the design and construction industry involved in public works contacting. The appointment replaces Scott L. Guyon, whose term has expired.
  • Jeffery S. Moneypenny, of Louisville, is an architect at Luckett and Farley Associates. He represents the Kentucky Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. The appointment replaces Clive Pohl, whose term has expired.
  • Cheryl Creech Kersey, of Louisville, is an architect and the owner of Kersey and Kersey Architects. She represents the Kentucky Society for the American Institute of Architects. The appointment replaces Mark Isaacs, whose term has expired.
  • Betty C. Whittaker, of Frankfort, is the executive director of Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute. She represents the Kentucky Manufactured Housing Institute. The appointment replaces William C. Wilson, whose term has expired.
  • Dr. Michael Speaks, of Lexington, is the dean of the University of Kentucky’s College of Design. He represents the University of Kentucky’s College of Design.
  • Robert Bauer, of Frankfort, is the executive director of the Kentucky Forest Industries Association. He represents the association.
  • Chris Tyler, of Lexington, is an HVAC sales engineer at Thermal Equipment Sales. He represents the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.
  • Brandon Akers, of Prestonsburg, is the executive vice president of Alliance Corp. He represents the Associated General Contractors of Kentucky.
  • Christopher J. Black, of Paducah, is a general contractor for Ray Black and Sons Inc. He represents the West Kentucky Construction Association.

For more information on the appointments made to state boards, read the
January 27th article published on the Kenton County Fox 19 web site.
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