Grace Stoddard, SPHR, and Rob Hill, E.I., attended Oklahoma State University’s Engineering, Architecture & Technology Career Fair in Stillwater, Oklahoma on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.
Bill Wedeking, AIA, LEED AP, and Kelsey Fleenor attended the Iowa Finance Authority’s 2016 HousingIowa Conference on September 7-8 in Des Moines. The winner of the Kindle Fire was Steve Beltramea with Community 1st Credit Union. Congratulations Steve!
Schemmer is pleased to announce Matt Hubel, P.E., CPSWQ, LEED AP BD+C, Jeff Kulhanek, P.E., Adam Sleeper, P.E. and Kevin Wenninghoff, S.E. have exercised stock offer options to become certificated shareholders of the firm.
Matt Hubel, P.E., CPSWQ, LEED AP BD+C, has more than 13 years of experience specializing in civil engineering/site design. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska – Omaha in 2004. Matt is a licensed professional engineer in Nebraska, Iowa and Virginia. He is a Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality and is President-elect of the Nebraska Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Jeff Kulhanek, P.E., has 15 years of experience as a mechanical engineer. He plans, organizes, directs, coordinates and supervises all activities of the mechanical engineering department. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2001. Jeff is a licensed professional engineer in Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Oklahoma. He is also a member of the American Society of Heating Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers.
Adam Sleeper, P.E., has 13 years of civil engineering experience specializing in roadway/transportation design. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University in 2002. Adam is a licensed professional engineer in Nebraska and Iowa. He is also a member of the Nebraska Chapter of the American Public Works Association.
Kevin Wenninghoff, S.E., has eight years of experience as a structural engineer providing design for multiple structures. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Nebraska – Omaha in 2009 and a Master of Architectural Engineering degree from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2010. Kevin is a licensed structural engineer in Nebraska, Iowa and Virginia. He is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Nebraska.
Midlands Business Journal | August 5, 2016
Use of technology driving work habits, in turn changing latest office designs
“Many of our clients have grand visions of how they would like to work, but supporting technology gets implemented in phases due to the reality of time and budgets,” said Heaney.
“Our customers are also asking for more large format flat screen displays and going away from the traditional projection screen and projector. These large monitors can be complicated to coordinate since each location requires additional support in the wall to accommodate the mounting bracket and physical weight.”
In addition, transitioning to wireless can be tough, especially in retrofitting existing spaces.
“As designers, we are taking a much more active, earlier role in planning for technology,” said Heaney. “Most systems we deal with are still hardwired, so planning for flexibility isn’t optimal. It takes a lot of forethought and communication on where power rough-ins and cabling drops need to be located, and may be located in the future, to provide flexibility for systems maybe not even purchased or in use yet.”
To read the full Midlands Business Journal article, view pages 8-9.
As part of Schemmer’s five-year IDIQ Contract with Nebraska Medicine, architectural services (preliminary design through construction phases) were provided for the Neurology Consultants of Nebraska (NCN), a private clinic, as well as Nebraska Medicine’s Departments of Neurosurgery and Pain. All three groups share floor five of the 6,900 SF Clarkson Doctors Building North at the Nebraska Medicine campus. Schemmer worked closely with Nebraska Medicine and their Construction Manager at Risk, Kiewit, to ensure the project was designed to meet the owner’s budget.
An efficient and creative design was required to accommodate rapid growth within a fixed floor plate. A central reception desk, located directly off the elevators, not only aides in patient wayfinding, but also allows each of the clinics to have their own private check-in desk while efficiently utilizing space. Future design iterations included further distinction between the various stations to make patient check-in as clear and simple as possible. The project was completed in May.
Click here to visit Schemmer’s Nebraska Medicine Neurology/Pain Clinic – Level 5 Renovation portfolio page and view photos.
Midlands Business Journal | July 8, 2016
Consider many facets of architects to get the home or office of your dreams
Schemmer’s Mark Higgins, AIA, LEED AP, was quoted in the Midlands Business Journal regarding how to choose the right architect for you amongst the sea of qualified candidates.
“Every architecture firm and architect brings their own combination of skills, expertise, interests and values to its projects,” Higgins said, “It is important to find a firm and architect who is a good match with your goals, your concept of the project, your personality and your budget.”
Higgins says it’s useful to consult with design professionals if you need help defining the project prior to a final design agreement.
“Referrals from colleagues and acquaintances, especially those who are associated with the design and construction industry, are good resources to make a short list of potential firms to consider,” Higgins said, “Contact these architects or firms to ask for information, qualifications and references.”
Recent experience and a proven track record of success in timeliness and budget are good things to explore.
“In discussions with potential firms, consider whether good questions were asked and if the architect was engaged with developing solutions to the design challenges,” he said, “Enthusiasm and responsiveness are hallmarks of an effective architect.”
It’s also important to factor in the background of the architects’ structural knowledge and education to ensure their credibility. Higgins also referenced the national AIA website, aia.org, for tools and resources on everything from assisting clients with selection of an architect to information on contract documents.
To read the full Midlands Business Journal article, view pages 28-29 and 32.
Lincoln Journal Star | June 9, 2016
New retirement home planned in southeast Lincoln
Schemmer’s new senior living project was featured in the Lincoln Journal Star. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission recommended approval of a new retirement home, Pemberly Place, near Pine Lake Road and Nebraska 2 in Lincoln, NE. The 120-unit facility is proposed to have 40 independent-living units, 60 assisted-living units and 20 memory care units.
Finding the right development for this piece of land has not been an easy feat. Numerous proposals have come and gone for nearly 20 years, predominantly because they didn’t have a residential component, which the city has consistently sought for.
“I applaud the developer for finding something that makes sense in this location,” said Planning Commission Chariman Chris Hove.
Click here to read the full Lincoln Journal Star article.
On Monday, May 16, 2016, the Omaha Public Schools Board of Education approved the Schemmer Design Team selection to provide A/E consultant services for Capital Improvements and a 12 classroom addition at Gilder Elementary School located at 3705 Chandler Road. Capital improvements will include site improvements for upgrades to the parent and bus drop-off/pick-up areas, ADA improvements, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, carpet, paint, security, safe area, central air conditioning, fire sprinkler and intercom systems.
Schemmer is pleased to announce Michael Sinclair, AIA, has joined the firm as a project architect based in our Lincoln, Nebraska office.
Michael brings more than 17 years of diverse experience in new construction and renovation projects from design through construction administration. Additionally, Michael has experience working on mixed-use developments, military, industrial, commercial office, student housing and university projects.
Along with his role as project architect, Michael will be responsible for design, construction documents and business development at Schemmer.
Karl Person, AIA, LEED AP, and Kelly Hiskey, Assoc. AIA, ASHE, attended the Nebraska Society of Healthcare Engineers (NSHE) 2016 Annual Trade Show and Conference on May 5th in Kearney, Nebraska. This is attended by hospital directors and staff from across the state.