EKU expanding facilities for SSEM training
December 10, 2013 07:07 AM | on the boards
Omni Architects has been selected to design a 10,000 SF addition to the Ashland Fire and Safety Lab, located on the Eastern Kentucky University College of Justice & Safety campus.
The building is part of the School of Safety, Security & Emergency Management and the addition will be used in educational and training classes for Emergency Medical Care, Fire Protection Administration, Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation, Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology, Homeland Security, and Occupational Safety.
EKU's College of Justice & Safety is designated as a Program of Distinction in the state of Kentucky, and is one of the foremost institutions of learning and research in the fields of justice and safety in the nation and the world. First responders throughout the country attend classes on the campus to earn their degrees or receive continuing education.
NKU Student Union Voted one of Top Ten buildings in Kentucky
November 22, 2013 01:50 PM | omni in the news
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. (View video)
“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.”
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.
UK Markey Cancer Center designated as National Cancer Center
October 4, 2013 10:26 AM | omni in the news
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.
Cleaning The Kentucky River Begins Up On The Roof
August 7, 2013 06:44 AM | omni in the news
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.