Schemmer’s Charly Huddleston, P.E., FACEC, and Dan Marti, PLS, attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Whispering Oaks subdivision in Council Bluffs on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. The ribbon cutting ceremony marked the beginning of phase one of the project.
The new subdivision is almost 200 acres and will hold 150 houses when phase one is done. At the completion of all phases, 400 new houses will have been built. Features include wooded and walkout lots, walking and bike trails and 50 acres of woodlands. With the hopes that Whispering Oaks will draw more families to the metro area, NP Dodge Real Estate said move-in dates could start as early as late summer 2018. The subdivision is being developed by BHI Development Inc. and exclusively represented by NP Dodge Real Estate.
In attendance were Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh; Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce representatives Dan Koenig and Krissy Plunkett; City Council and Planning Commission; Jerry Torczon and Neil Smith from BHI Development Inc; NP Dodge Executive Management, Nate Dodge and Mike Riedmann; NP Dodge Iowa Offices Broker Manager, Dan Van Houten and NP Dodge agents and employees were present.
Attendees of the ceremony were able to ride a bus to tour the subdivision.
Schemmer’s work for the Whispering Oaks project includes site development, civil engineering and construction field services (geotechnical exploration, survey, materials testing and construction inspections).
To learn more about Whispering Oaks, click here.
To see KPTM’s news story covering the event, click here.
Midlands Business Journal | November 24, 2017
“Architects incorporating more security, safety features into building designs”
Schemmer’s Molly Macklin was featured in the November 24, 2017, edition of the Midlands Business Journal’s Architecture section, discussing how security design starts at the entry points of buildings, particularly schools.
“The fact that kids are having lockdown practice just like you’d have a tornado drill [shows] it’s just a different time,” Macklin said. “When we’re designing buildings, we are first and foremost always thinking about the safety of the students and what we can do to make the environment safe, yet doesn’t feel like a prison.”
Schools go into lock-down mode as soon as the school day starts. High-impact doors, electronic locks and high-strength glass are all elements of an overall trend to design safer, more secure buildings. All doors are locked and there is only one entry point during the day. Typically there will be a video intercom on the outside of the building so visitors can communicate with staff in the main office. Security design is also utilized by sectioning the building. Macklin said visitors might have to enter multiple doors to reach the inside. There are also specialized gates that can be activated to contain a possible intruder’s movements while students gather in safe rooms. This gives building occupants the ability to manage intruder situations without exposing themselves or others to potential danger.
“Again, it’s that second level of security that now they’re in the building, but you’re still capable of containing someone in the space,” Macklin said.
To read the full Midlands Business Journal article, see page 37.
Lincoln Business Journal | December 1, 2017
“Talent needs, evolving technology, booming activity characterize industry”
Schemmer’s Pat Birch, AIA, LEED AP, is featured in the December 1, 2017, edition of the Lincoln Business Journal’s Engineering section, discussing growth for higher education clients in Nebraska, Haymarket development and budget shortfalls.
The architecture/engineering/construction industry is reportedly still growing stronger even as budget issues with sector-specific implications and talent needs that accompany rapid project activity cause challenges.
“This summer, fall, and winter are proving very productive for our higher-education clients in Nebraska,” Birch said. “Fortunately these projects are not dependent on state funding.”
Birch mentioned there are some significant planned projects in Lincoln’s downtown Haymarket that haven’t begun construction. She notes that it’s possibly because of other developers waiting until these projects are underway before moving forward.
The area around the new Lincoln central library is another emerging area of activity as long as voters approve the bond issue. “Lincoln desperately needs a new main library,” Birch said. “It would generate great economic activity and benefit the city in many ways.”
To read the full Lincoln Business Journal article, see page 7.
UNK News (unknews.unk.edu) | November 27, 2017
“Student Union renovations start soon; Make way for Starbucks, Chick-fil-A”
The renovation of the Nebraskan Student Union at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) is planned to start December 7, 2017, with the second phase beginning in spring 2018. The entire project should be completed by the time classes start in fall 2018.
The $6 million project is being designed by Schemmer and will provide the 55-year-old building with upgrades to interior finishes and furniture, provide more open spaces with better sightlines and a more connected student space, improve HVAC, lighting and sewer systems.
“The project is large enough it could not be completed within summer break,” said Scott Benson, director of business services at UNK. “We decided to get the project started as soon as possible so students would have access to brand name locations they have been requesting as soon as they return in the fall semester.”
Two restaurants and a coffee shop have closed permanently to allow for construction to begin. A new Chick-fil-A and full-scale Starbucks will replace them in summer 2018.
Schemmer provided Architectural Design, Interior Design, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering services for the project.
To read the full article, click here.
To see the UNK Student Union project, click here.
Schemmer’s President and CEO Steve Kathol, P.E., S.E., attended a fundraiser on September 19, 2017 for Congressman Don Bacon (R-NE) with the American Council of Engineering Companies of Nebraska (ACEC/N) Political Action Committee (PAC).
Cindy Lange-Kubick: When he could not walk, his mother carried him and he made her proud
Schemmer’s Pat Birch, AIA, LEED AP, was featured in a photo in the Lincoln Journal Star in an article discussing how the Rotaract Club, the college version of Rotary, at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln has been raising funds to buy wheelchairs for polio victims in Africa’s Ivory Coast. Birch, a member of the Rotary 14 Board of Directors, participated in a “hand wrestling” fundraiser where she “hand wrestled” Konan Blaise Koko for $5 towards Wheelchairs for the Ivory Coast. Koko is the mastermind of the fundraiser after years of being carried to and from school by his mother and later walking on his own in pain because of polio. He hopes to provide members of his village in the Ivory Coast that were also affected by polio the opportunity to continue their education by traveling to and from school in comfort with the aid of a wheelchair.
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