UofL Student Rec Center receives LEED Gold Certification

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The recently completed UofL Student Recreation Center has received LEED GOLD certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC),

resulting in the highest level of LEED certification on the University of Louisville Belknap Campus. Designed by Omni Architects, Cannon Design, CMTA Engineers, and Carman Landscape Architects, the facility incorporates the highest levels of sustainable design practices. The project site was selected near student dormitories to support the campus goals of providing a range of mobility options that support cycling, provides dedicated energy efficient vehicle and carpool parking on site, and expands enhanced bus and walking access. The facility further follows sustainable initiatives in its use of renewable materials, improved indoor air quality, rainwater harvesting, solar thermal water heating, and reduced water consumption. In addition, innovation credits have been achieved through the implementation of an interactive digital dashboard to serve as a teaching tool for students and building occupants by allowing real time monitoring of energy consumption rates and other sustainable initiatives.

The building materials incorporated include high R-Value smooth and striated metal insulated wall panels with interlocking sealed joints. These “sandwich” type metal panels include a silver metallic color for added exterior performance characteristics (both life-span and solar reflectance) and provide an impressive thermal and moisture performance systems while boosting the building’s overall energy efficiency. Other regional materials were utilized, such as the exterior brick, which reduced the energy utilized in the transportation costs of delivery. Rigid insulation was utilized over the entire roof surface allowing for an average of R-30. Low-Emissivity Solar Ban 60 glazing with a ceramic fritted pattern was incorporated on the West and South facing elevations to reduce solar heat gain within the building. To reduce heat island effect (the tendency for urban areas to maintain higher temperatures than rural) a cool-white SBS Modified Bituminous roofing system was utilized to minimize the impacts on adjacent microclimates while simultaneously reducing heat gain within the building.

The University of Louisville is committed to integrating sustainability into every facet of campus life, from how facilities are designed and managed, to what is taught in the classrooms and research labs. The vision of the University of Louisville is to create a university that is itself an example of sustainability with a campus community that leads by example, and educates not only by what they say, but more importantly, by what they do. The new Student Recreation Center is a prime example of this vision.

New Hire and Promotion

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Omni Architects is pleased to announce the addition of H. Wayne Cowan as Director of Construction Administration.

Wayne comes to Omni with over twenty years of experience as a project manager in construction. After graduating with a BA in Architecture from Columbia University, Wayne spent his early years working for an architect’s office, but soon discovered his passion for the construction side of the process. Over the course of his career, Wayne has gained tremendous experience managing construction projects while working for industry leaders such as BEX Construction, the University of Kentucky’s Capital Projects Management Division, Woodford Builders, and his own C&G Construction Company. Wayne has extensive experience with a variety of delivery methods including traditional Design/Bid/Build, Construction Management, CM at Risk, and Design/Build. He has an excellent reputation for delivering projects on budget and very often ahead of schedule.

Deb Cutts has been promoted to Senior Associate. Deb serves as Omni's Marketing Manager and has over twenty years of experience marketing professional services in the A/E/C industry.

Omni Architects | Perkins+Will awarded UK Student Center Expansion/Renovation

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The design team of Omni Architects and the Atlanta office of Perkins + Will has been awarded the expansion and renovation of the University of Kentucky Student Center.

Originally constructed in 1938 and expanded in 1963 and 1982, the Student Center is again experiencing a space crunch and no longer able to fully meet the needs of students, faculty, staff and other constituents.  The Student Center, which has been celebrating its 75th anniversary, hosts nearly 2 million visitors a year. Its renovation and expansion is part of an overall plan to enhance student life across campus a plan that is further necessitated by an ambitious housing revitalization.  Among the improvements planned for the Student Center are updated student activity and study spaces; dining and retail operations; parking; bookstore and other amenities in support of student success.

ARH Hospital Expansion serves as a model for other hospitals in the region

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Completed in April, the  $47 million Emergency Services expansion of the ARH Hospital in Hazard, Kentucky, includes

50 patient rooms, 16 ICU beds, a new ER suite, and a helipad located on the roof. 
Hospital officials say they hope the expansion decreases wait times for patients and serve as a model for other hospitals in the region. Omni Architects designed the new Joe Craft Tower in association with Design-Build firm Denham-Blythe, .

NKU Student Union featured on WCPO Cincinnati

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WCPO look closer at this beautifully designed building and talks with Omni design principal Michael Jacobs.

Read more here. By popular vote, the NKU Student Union was recently voted the favorite building on a Kentucky campus.
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