Monthly Archives: August 2018

CONGRATULATIONS NEWLY-LICENSED ARCHITECT EVAN LAMPRECHT

8.21.18

Passing the Architectural Registration Examination (ARE) and becoming a licensed architect is no easy task. It signifies that an architect is skilled in and committed to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Join us in congratulating Evan Lamprecht, who through his extensive education, hands-on experience, and dedication to passing a series of rigorous exams earned his architecture license. This is great news that thrills all of us at Altus and we are proud to call you an architect!

Evan’s resolve to become a licensed Nebraska architect entered the home stretch less than a year ago when he returned to his native state and joined the firm as Project Coordinator. But Evan was not exactly a new face at Altus, as he previously worked for three summers as an intern architect while attending and subsequently graduating from UNL. After finishing his Master’s degree in the spring of 2014, Evan moved to Iowa and worked for a regional Midwestern firm for three years where he specialized in healthcare and education design. Throughout his professional tenure, he’s had the opportunity to coordinate a variety of projects ranging from new construction to complicated, multi-phased remodels. Anyone who knows Evan, quickly realizes his passion for technology and how it can be used to enhance the design process, especially for improved communication with clients. He is continually pushing the envelope in terms of how we at Altus can utilize technology to bring efficiency to our work and to elevate the level of service we deliver to clients. Evan strives to connect his technological passions to his planning and design projects.

Please join us in congratulating Evan on this great achievement – finally realizing his dream of becoming an architect, after the lengthy commitment of a six-year education program, followed by a grueling licensing process!

ALTUS EMPLOYEES VOLUNTEER AT THE AKSARBEN (REFRESHMENT) PERCH DURING THE ANNUAL MEYER FOUNDATION FOR DISABILITIES FUNDRAISER

8.8.18

As the architect selected to partner with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) on the replacement facility for the Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI), Altus team members were proud to contribute to the success of one of the Meyer Foundation for Disabilities (MFD) largest annual fundraisers – the August 4, 2018 Owl Ride, Omaha’s nighttime urban cycling adventure. The unique recreational bike ride, now in its eighth year, is the largest annual night bicycle ride between Chicago and Denver.

The eleven-person Altus team manned the Aksarben perch, providing refreshments to the nearly 800 riders who participated in the event. The group also took the initiative to amp up the fun by incorporating tiki island décor to the area, which was a welcome mid-point surprise for riders. Event organizers noted, “these events would never be a success without the hard work of our volunteers!”

The ride started at Lewis & Clark Landing on the Missouri River and headed west to Midtown Crossing at Turner Park and then to Aksarben Village. Midtown Crossing was the turnaround point for the 7.4-mile ride. Those who went the full distance, to Aksarben and back, rode 16.56 miles. The event organizers took a year off last year, thus a few improvements were noted during this year’s event. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is the great cause the ride benefits – helping Meyer Foundation for Disabilities (MFD) improve the lives of adults with developmental disabilities throughout our community.

Reference: https://www.omaha.com/news/goodnews/bicyclists-participate-in-owl-ride-from-downtown-to-aksarben/article_d4e749f6-80e5-501e-a2d3-5811c582111f.html

UNMC SELECTS ALTUS ARCHITECTURAL STUDIOS TO PLAN AND DESIGN THE MUNROE-MEYER INSTITUTE FOR GENETICS AND REHABILITATION FACILITY REPLACEMENT

8.3.18

Following a detailed review of proposals and firm interviews, the University of Nebraska selected Altus as the Professional Services provider for the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) for Genetics and Rehabilitation Facility Replacement.

Altus’ scope of services includes program verification, design, preliminary cost estimating, permitting approvals, and construction administration services for the project, with an estimated project cost of $85,085,210. Construction is anticipated to begin in June 2019 with a move-in goal of July 2020.

The project will consolidate, replace, and improve upon existing MMI facilities, creating a landmark building that reflects and supports the Institute’s mission. MMI strives is to be world leaders in transforming the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and communities through outreach, engagement, premier educational programs, innovative research, and extraordinary care. In order to achieve MMI’s bold mission, this project will be designed to align with the latest thinking about developmental disabilities. This innovative approach not only applies to the buildings design, but also to the Institutes operational model, which focuses on interdisciplinary care delivery – greater collaboration between disciplines – throughout a patient’s life span, not just pediatric patients.

The project will include renovation of an existing Aksarben office building at 6902 Pine Street, built in 2000 for First Data Resources. The design team must accommodate programmatic needs for clinic, therapy, education, research collaboration, and office spaces, creating new barrier-free environments for patients, families, faculty, staff, and students. Also of critical importance is improved technology infrastructure to enable enhanced delivery of tele-medicine to partner facilities.

The project will include additions to the building to house a new main entrance lobby, indoor and outdoor playground / therapy areas, and a pool serving multiple therapy components of the Institute. Site improvements will include minor roadway reconfiguration to create dedicated drop-off and parking areas along with the creation of an enclosed outdoor play area adjacent to the therapy areas.

Reference: https://www.omaha.com/livewellnebraska/unmc-s-munroe-meyer-institute-will-move-to-former-first/article_518f4192-a7d0-5f18-9002-5c3fd6b0eb9f.html