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

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Omni Architects, working under the direction of the Design-Build firm of Denham & Blythe assisted Appalachian Regional Healthcare with the hospital planning and design of the new Joe Craft Tower at ARH Hospital.

 The $47 million Appalachian Regional Healthcare hospital expansion project, located in Hazard, Kentucky, is nearing completion, with the Emergency Services floor opening the second week of April 2014. The project 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.
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NKU Student Union featured on WCPO Cincinnati

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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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EKU expanding facilities for SSEM training

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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.
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NKU Student Union Voted one of Top Ten buildings in Kentucky

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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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