2017 AIA Nebraska Annual Conference

October 5-6, 2017

The Doubletree Omaha Downtown
1616 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68102

Excellence in Design Gala
Gallery 1516
1516 Leavenworth Street
Omaha, NE 68102

Prices Increase after Friday, September 22, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Tours are only available to conference registrants.

9:00 am – 10:00 am | Restoring life to the Burlington Mail Terminal Tour | 950 South 10th Street | SOLD OUT

    The Burlington Mail Terminal was left to disrepair for decades narrowly dodging the wrecking ball numerous times. A vision was cast to repurpose the building for office space, business incubators and restaurant spaces. BVH Architecture was retained for exterior restoration of the building and to provide interior architecture services for the incubator space known as Commerce Village and signature tenant, Warren Distribution. The adaptive-reuse of the project celebrates repurposing key interior historical elements, integrating modern office strategies and environments while respecting strict preservation requirements.

    Meet at the south entrance, midpoint of the building facade. Street parking available.

    Limited to 40 participants.

    Led by BVH Architecture, including Alex Turner, Associate AIA; Roger Slosson; Michael Harpster, AIA and Amy Dishman.

10:00 am – 1:00 pm | MAKERS | Hot Shops, 1301 Nicholas Street
Open to the Public

    10:00 – 12:00 pm | Student Teams will present design solutions to jury and public.
    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Brown Bag – Opportunity for public to review and ask questions.

    CSR Student Design Competition – Students representing (7) Colleges of Architecture from the Central States Region (Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Iowa) will be tasked with invigorating and revitalizing a blighted area in Omaha. This year's competition, entitled MAKERS, tasks teams with designing the first block of the New Omaha Maker District referred to as the Arts & Trades District. The project coincides with AIA's New Urban Agenda addressing guidelines for architects to champion resilient, sustainable, inclusive communities thru design.

    For more information see release.

10:30 am – 12:00 pm | Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District Tour | 222 North 10th Street | SOLD OUT

    Get a behind the scenes tour with the Leo A Daly team and hotel management to visit the recently–opened Downtown Marriott Hotel at the Capitol District. From a 12–story view of the downtown skyline to the amenities that make up a dynamic guest experience, the hotel boasts Omaha's largest downtown ballroom, a rooftop pool deck and direct access to Omaha's first entertainment district. A modern twist on the traditional town square, the Capitol District will be a hub of activity with intersecting pathways to the Old Market, Riverfront developments and North Downtown neighborhoods. 1.5 HSW | AIANEANNUAL02

    Please park in the hotel section of the parking garage. The garage entrance is on the east side of 12th street just north of Davenport. Look for the Capitol District and Marriott signs to find the entrance. Use the 4th floor skywalk connector that will enter the pre–function space of the hotel. We will gather on the 2nd floor in the pre-function space in the Event Hub (central area of the 2nd floor – with a large white table), and then start the tour from there.

    Limited to 30 participants.

    Led by David Hawes, Leo A Daly.


12:00 pm – 1:30 pm |Lunch on your own | No Host

    Suggested Points of Interest

    Union for Contemporary Art | 2423 North 24th Street, Omaha, NE 68110
    Committed to strengthening the creative culture of the greater Omaha area by providing direct support to local artists and increasing the visibility of contemporary art forms in North Omaha.


1:30 pm – 3:30 pm | Metropolitan Community College's New Fort Omaha Campus Expansion Tour | Fort Omaha Campus, 5730 North 30th Street| SOLD OUT

    Join us on a walking tour of Metropolitan Community College’s new Fort Omaha Campus Expansion including three new academic buildings (The Construction Education Center, Center for Advanced & Emerging Technology, and Career and Academic Skills Center) and a Central Utility Plant. Encompassing 17 acres of land on the northeast corner of 30th & Sorensen Parkway, the new addition to campus was developed to also include parking, on site storm water bio-retention areas, community use green space, and extensive landscaping. The buildings are expected to receive LEED Gold. 2 HSW | AIANE–1702

    Meet in Building #24 the Center for Advanced & Emerging Technology.

    Limited to 30 participants

    Directions: Enter from Sorensen at 32nd St. Take the first right into the parking lot just before (south of) the Institute for Culinary Arts (ICA). Will begin at the building furthest east toward 30th Street, park toward the East side of the parking lot. SEE MAP

    Led by Lindsay Neemann, AIA, Metropolitan Community College and Megan Jarosz, AIA, Holland Basham Architects. Wear comfortable walking shoes.


4:30 pm– 5:30 pm | Hyde Lecture Series Presentation – 2017 AIA Central States Region Excellence in Design Jury Chair, Joseph Biondo, FAIA, Spillman Farmer Architects | Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth, Omaha NE 68102

Sponsored by UNL College of Architecture, Hyde Lecture Series

    Clarity, Precision, Resourcefulness: These are the notions evoked through the experience of Joseph Biondo’s works. His projects, conceived through a focus on material exploration and tactile experience, are constructions based in a tangible context that does not go out of date or lose relevance. Joseph celebrates the process of making and is influenced by his family background, rooted in the garment and construction industries. Joseph believes building is a public art – an art for the people. He particularly enjoys collaborating with artists and leverages those relationships as a source for inspiring thinking. Since buildings are invested in by others, he believes they should be of the highest quality and intended to last for generations. Architects must take care not to simply express temporary ideas, but to capture the eternal aspects of moments.

    After graduation from Kansas State University, Joseph pursued a career with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects where he worked closely with AIA Gold Medal recipient Peter Bohlin. In 1996, he established Joseph N. Biondo Architects, where he was able to redefine, solidify, and put his personal design philosophy into practice.

    In 2003, Joseph joined Spillman Farmer Architects where he has brought design excellence to the forefront. A passionate practitioner of the art and craft of architecture, Joseph is actively involved in advancing the profession, serving as design juror and visiting professor for some of the country’s most notable architecture programs. In addition to mentoring young professionals at Spillman Farmer, Joseph has spread his roots into Lafayette College’s design program, introducing students to the potential within the field of architecture. Joseph’s commitment to design excellence and his community spirit helped to earn Spillman Farmer the inaugural Firm Award from AIA PA in 2013. For Joseph and the firm, this award was an honor and confirmation of their efforts to produce beautiful, thoughtful and lasting architecture. 1.0 HSW| NETHFR16–01

6:30 pm | AIA Nebraska | AIA Central States Region Excellence in Design Gala | Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth, Omaha, NE 68102

A Celebration of Design

6:30 – 7:30 pm Hors d'oeuvres & Cocktails

7:30 – 9:30 pm Excellence in Design Awards & Program

Gala registration for all attendees is required. Walk-ins will not be permitted.




Friday, October 6, 2017

Doubletree Omaha Downtown
1616 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68102


7:00 am – 2:00 pm | Design + Technology Exhibit

Displays will be on site to stimulate your imagination. Exhibitors will demonstrate new technologies, products, materials and services that may solves issues and broaden your creative horizons for future designs.

7:00 am – 8:00 am | Registration | Exhibit Interaction | Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:00 am | Keynote Presentation | 1 LU

    Arts & Trade District Keynote:

    Maker districts connect people. They cultivate creativity by providing work space, collective resources and social networking opportunities. An essential consideration is to reduce overhead costs for business start–ups and provide a path for growth and expansion to a fully sustaining, profitable enterprise. There is a long tradition of creative enterprise occupying underutilized, affordable space for working and living. Historically, such places grew organically, however, deliberate creation of maker districts can and does occur.

    The Arts and Trades District will be an active, vibrant, unique "Makerhood" where arts, crafts, and trades are nurtured, celebrated and supported by a walkable network of public spaces connecting a healthy mix of residential, industrial, commercial and public activities. The District will develop under a unique set of design requirements intended to promote and maintain a high quality of urban design and character of place. 1 LU | AIANEANNUAL03

    Lyn Wallin Ziegenbein, Executive Director Emerita at Peter Kiewit Foundation
    Jed Moulton, City of Omaha Urban Design Manager


9:00 am – 10:00 am | Exhibitor Interaction


10:00 am – 11:00 am | Educational Session 1

    Inspired by Place | AIA Nebraska Excellence in Design Jury Chair, John Carney, FAIA | 1 HSW

    John Carney, FAIA, Principal, Carney Logan Burke Architects, P.C. will discuss the growth and evolution of his firm and the fundamentals that influence the work. More than two decades since its founding in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the firm has evolved but its essentials remain unchanged. The presentation will examine a broad spectrum of work around the Western Mountain Region and show how CLB has expanded the acceptable architectural vocabulary while remaining sensitive to the western context. Carney will also discuss his collaborative design process that has enabled his studio to accomplish a diverse set of designs each responsive to a particular set of conditions. The power of landscape, the quality of light and the simple honesty of vernacular architecture influence the work. Each endeavor is guided with the firm's philosophy in mind – inspired by place. 1 HSW | AIANEANNUAL04

    Presenter: John Carney, FAIA, Principal, Carney Logan Burke Architects, P.C.


    Ethics Jeopardy | 1 HSW + Ethics Requirement

    Complex rules and regulations surround every aspect of the architectural profession, particularly in the area of ethics. Are you in jeopardy of violating the standards you're obliged to follow?

    This lively and engaging session will use a case–study approach to explore legal and ethical issues in the practice of architecture. You'll gain a deeper understanding of the ethical standards that are your legal obligations as a licensed professional, and learn how to avoid the risk of losing your right to practice through unethical actions. Resources covered in this session will include the NCARB Rules of Conduct, the AIA Code of Ethics, and more. Find out how you can best integrate professional ethical standards into your daily practice and avoid a game–ending move.
    1 HSW | NCARBPresNY10

    Presenter: Matthew Friesz, AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Assoc., Outreach Manager, Experience + Education, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, Washington DC.

    Panel Members Include: David C. Levy, Principal, Baird Holm, Attorneys At Law and Lowell Berg, AIA, The Clark Enersen Partners (invited).


11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Exhibitor Interaction & Prize Drawing


12:15 pm – 1:00 pm | Box Lunch with the Exhibitors


1:15 pm – 1:45 pm | AIA Nebraska Membership Meeting


2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Educational Session 2

    Opening Doors to Design Opportunities with the Model Building Codes | 1 HSW

    Session has been designed to acquaint the attendees with the many aspects of Fire and Life Safety Code Requirements and how those Code Requirements affect egress and building design. Participants will be able to differentiate between fire walls, fire barriers and fire partitions; Understand the regulatory standards governing the use and application of opening protectives; Learn the fundamental code requirements that drive the placement of fire walls and fire barriers, their openings and opening protectives; Learn the correlation between Life Safety, product application and open design. 1 HSW | –Code10

    David Dodge, McKeon Door Company | Skold Companies

    Discover how Nebraska communities are utilizing public, private partnerships, and TIF and Historical Tax Credits to Reinvigorate | 1 LU

    More information to come.

    Panel Discussion


2:30 pm – 3:30 pm | St. John Paul II Newman Center Tour| 1221 S. 71st St Omaha, Nebraska 68106 | 1 HSW

    Photo: Paul Crosby
    Located near the University of Nebraska-Omaha campus, the St. John Paul II (JPII) Newman Center, designed by BVH Architecture, accommodates the growing Catholic student population with a faith-based environment for living, worshipping and nurturing spiritual growth. During this tour you will hear project architects Mark Bacon and Dennis Coudriet discuss how monastic history inspired a contemporary place for student life. The design team will focus the tour on material logics–through narrative to detailing, the diversity of spaces conducive to student living and the building organization strategy to optimize the site. In addition the tour will touch on the local artisans engaged to handcraft signature elements of project. 1 HSW | AIANEANNUAL06

    Meet at the Northwest entry under the overhang. Park on 71st street or the Bed Bath and Beyond parking lot. On–site parking lot is reserved for students.

    Limited to 75 participants.

    Led by BVH Architecture - Mark Bacon, AIA and Dennis Coudriet, AIA.


3:15 pm – 4:15 pm | Educational Session 3

    150 at 150: Nebraska's Landmark Buildings| 1 LU

    From the first trader cabins through the skyscrapers of today, the buildings of Nebraska have helped tell the story of the state. They carry the tales of pioneers, of its emigrant and ethnic groups, of prosperity and poverty, of its famous sons and daughters, of war and peace, and of innovation and excellence.

    Jeff Barnes, author of the upcoming book 150 at 150: Nebraska's Landmark Buildings at the State's Sesquicentennial, features many of the buildings that have survived the decades, as well as the men who designed them and the communities and people who used them. His talk also highlights Thomas Rogers Kimball, the state's greatest architect and the newest inductee of the Nebraska Hall of Fame.1 LU | AIANEANNUAL07

    Jeff Barnes, Author "150 at 150"

    NCARB & You: AXP, ARE, & Certification| 1 LU

    Matthew Friesz, AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Assoc., from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) will present on a range of licensure topics relevant to students, aspiring architects, supervisors, architects, and people in the architecture profession. The presentation will review the steps necessary to achieve licensure to become an architect and other programs to get the most out of your career in architecture. 1 LU | NCARBEthics17

    Matthew Friesz, AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Assoc., from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)


4:00 – 5:00 pm | Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center – Healing Arts Tour | 505 S. 45th Street | SOLD OUT

    Photo: HDR

    Tour of Healing Arts installations including art work from Dale Chihuly, Jun Kaneko, Suzy Kim, Rob Ley, Mary Zicafoose, Matthew Placzeck, Jennifer Steinkamp, Alan Tubach and others. Discuss creation of Healing Arts Committee and benefits to Patients, Family and Care Givers. AIANEANNUAL08

    Meet in lobby of Buffett Cancer Center. Valet parking or Lot 2 south of Center.

    Limited to 30 participants.

    Led by Bruce Carpenter, AIA, HDR and Amy Jenson, UNMC.

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