Schemmer In the News: Reuse, New construction not limited to mega-entertainment, hospitality projects, featuring Pat Birch, AIA, LEED AP


Pat Birch, AIA, LEED AP, BD + C, Associate and Senior Architect at Schemmer, was recently quoted and featured in the October 15, 2012 issue of The Lincoln Business Journal. The article highlights commercial growth and opportunities for local A/E/C professionals that include anything from manufacturing, venture capital funding and health care projects. The Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development (LPED), Lincoln's lead agency for new development and an organizational product of partnerships with the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce's economic development corporation, highlighted Stanley Healthcare Solutions as one of the city's largest, high profile projects.

Additionally, Pat Birch mentioned some of Schemmer's most prominent projects in the Lincoln area. "We are the architect for the city of Lincoln's Municipal Service Center, which is a remodel of the former Experian buildings near the airport. The buildings are going to house many of the city's public works departments as well as some of the operations of parks and recreation and Lincoln Fire and Rescue," Birch said. She referred to this project as a "collaborative effort," that resulted in operation efficiencies for the city of Lincoln due to recycling the whole space and the green approach that was utilized. "Tearing down a building and sending it to a landfill is not a sustainable approach," Birch said.

The article goes on to mention new development and commercial interest within the historic West Haymarket district. Last week, Mayor Chris Beutler showcased drawings of a 611-foot pedestrian bridge, which will link Pinnacle Bank Arena with a new festival area, located northwest of the Arena. "This bridge will serve as an iconic location within our city," Beutler says. "It also will be a bridge that creates specific areas where some of Lincoln's unique stories can be told - a generational bridge." Buetler described how it would be possible to read the history of the city while walking across the bridge. Also, the word "LINCOLN" would be spelled out and visible from both sides and above the bridge. The Joint Public Agency is scheduled to choose its final contractors for the project in December and construction would begin next spring.

To read the entire article, make sure to check out the October 15, 2012 edition of The Lincoln Business Journal. The article, titled “Reuse, new construction not limited to mega-entertainment, hospitality projects,” can be found on pages 21-23.

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