EKU New Science Building featured in University Building magazine
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,”
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Inside/Outside presents concept for Town Branch
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.
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To learn more about the Town Branch Commons Master Plan, visit the project web site.
Topping Out ceremony held for UofL SRC
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.
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Maysville CTC Licking Valley Campus Opens New Wing
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.
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UofL's new Rec Center to enhance student experience
Jacobs home featured in national publication
Plans for NKU Rec Center taking shape
Omni's Michael Jacobs interviewed by WUKY
EKU Science Building offers food for thought
WAVE TV story, which included interviews with students and images of the project.
UofL Rec Center in the news
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.
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.
HBEER Project Benefits University of Kentucky Students
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Omni partner Michael Jacobs has been appointed to the High Performance Buildings Advisory Committee, filling one of the terms expiring Aug. 22, 2012.
Governer appoints Jacobs to High Performance Buildings Advisory Committee
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.
EKU Science Building making news as it nears completion
michael jacobs quoted in Architect
nku student union featured in Architectural Record
two omni projects featured in The Lane Report Market Review
nku student union receives 2009 AIA Kentucky Merit Award
The Student Union was one of 36 entries reviewed by the Jury, who awarded one Honor Award, three Merit Awards, and one Citation. The jury was comprised of four representatives from three Seattle-based firms: Kirsten Murray, AIA and Les Eerkes, AIA, of Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects; Rick Mohler, AIA of Adams Mohler Ghillino Architects, and Grace Kim, AIA, of Schemata Workshop.
Jury comments about the project called it "obviously well designed and executed throughout. The placement of the building on a major circulation path is used to great effect, both activating the building and giving form to the pedestrian's experience. The building looks beyond its own program and acts to shape and create new exterior spaces for the campus. Programmatic uses take advantage of the site's sloped topography. The building engages the site and activates campus spaces at multiple locations. Subtle shifts in massing, material articulation and sunlit circulation areas give the building interest and character. It is well organized without being static. The LED lit tower creates an interesting and interactive new icon for the campus."
The awards were presented at the Honor Awards Banquet on October 2, 2009 during the AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention held at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Omni Vice President Michael Jacobs and Northern Kentucky University Director of Campus Planning Mary Paula Schuh received the award on behalf of the design team. The design team included the following:
- Commonwealth of Kentucky Division of Engineering and Contract Administration - Owner and Project Manager
- Brailsford & Dunlavey - Student Center Planner
- Staggs & Fisher - MEP Engineer
- Senler Campbell & Associates - Structural Engineer
- Vivian Llambi & Associates - Site Designer
- Ricca Newmark Design - Food Service Consultant and Interior Designer
- Messer Construction - General Contractor
nku student union receives flooring award
Awards are presented in eight different categories, including small and large corporate installations, healthcare, education, and hospitality and public spaces, as well as unique challenges, green projects and student achievement. Entries are judged based on the creative use of flooring, as well as the design concept and overall quality of the solution delivered to the client.
The distinguished panel of judges included: Maurie O’Neill, Designer/Partner, O2 Design, past publisher of Floor Focus Magazine, New York; Clara Igonda, Principal, Perkins + Will, Los Angeles; Adel Smith Chapman, Director of Interiors, Architects Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker (DWRB), San Diego.
northside library receives brick award
Jury comments included: “very nice, clean detailing and the image really works to evoke the industrial/warehouse look. Excellent color selection, massing, and details...strong simple forms. Well organized for urban living; Simple materials are nicely detailed.”