Vision Specialists of Council Bluffs transformed an old automotive repair location into a beautiful new office building designed with its customers in mind. Take a look at the amazing transformation that occurred on the corner of 25th & Broadway!
Altus really made a difference for those using the facilities in the Nebraska State Office Building. Take a look at how this renovation updated the look and functionality of this essential space.
Children’s Hospital and Medical Center prepares to serve patients and their families from its new Spring Valley location at 4104 S. 50th Street in Omaha in January 2020. Altus was proud to have provided the planning and design for this great project!
What do architecture and Christmas trees have in common? Typically, not all that much, unless you consider that both use measurement – one in square footage and the other in feet tall – as an indicator of cost. For those who work at Altus Architectural Studios in Omaha, Nebr., there is actually one more thing that the two have in common and that is Scott Nordstrom.
If the Nordstrom name sounds familiar (especially this time of the year), it isn’t a coincidence. Scott can be found working as an Altus architect and design leader by day, but many of his evenings and weekends during the months leading up to, and just after, the Thanksgiving holiday are devoted to a family labor of love more than 50 years in the making – Nordstrom’s Tree Farm.
No, Not That Nordstrom’s
Most in the Omaha area know instinctively that this Nordstrom name has nothing to do with the famous department store bearing the same name. Scott and his wife Debbie, who is also involved in the family tree business, say every year they field several phone calls asking to be directed to the shoe department. Their polite reply is always, “no, we don’t sell shoes; we sell trees.”
Family Traditions Since 1970
Located just off U.S. Highway 133 north and west of Omaha, Nordstroms has provided quality, full-service, fresh-cut trees since 1970. The business began as a way for the family to share the natural beauty of their family farm, share their strong faith, and spread holiday cheer. It grew to become one of the best-loved destinations of the holiday season. Over the years, thousands of area families have made the trek to the farm to find THE perfect tree to serve as a centerpiece for that year’s holiday celebrations.
A typical trip to Nordstrom’s Tree farm includes much more than just bringing home a tree. Visitors are immersed in a nostalgic trip back in time where hospitality, free hot chocolate and holiday crafts are all a part of the charm. Scott’s wife, Debbie and his entire family including four kids, their spouses and grandchildren personally greet and welcome every visitor that stops by the farm during the brief but hectic tree-cutting season.
Keeping Traditions Alive
Nordstrom’s Tree Farm began with Scott’s father, Bob Nordstrom, whose dream to provide a full-service experience has more than come to fruition since its humble beginnings. Today, in addition to a wide selection of family-planted and meticulously shaped and cared-for Christmas trees, Nordstrom’s offers unmatched holiday ambiance that includes a 1953 fire truck, a five-window 1950 Chevy truck (a favorite family photo spot), a free tractor-pulled wagon ride, a heated barn and seasonal store with one-of-a-kind gifts. Once a tree is selected, guests can stand back and enjoy free full-service tree cutting, shaking (to remove any loose needles), free netting, vehicle loading, and tie-down.
Keeping the Tradition AliveScott has helped on the family-owned tree farm for as long as he can remember and says that the holiday season just wouldn’t be the same without the smell of the iconic pines and fir trees, and the physical, yet rewarding work that comes with providing thousands of Christmas trees to area families over the past 50 years. “It is really neat to keep a tradition that has been a part of my family for so many years going strong,” said Scott.
This year’s tree crop was limited due to drought and other factors that slowed growth, but the Nordstroms have taken the steps necessary, including shutting down operations just after Thanksgiving weekend this year, to ensure future years’ supply will be plentiful.
When it comes to architecture and Christmas trees, we at Altus can definitely see the connection. Most of us have been to the Nordstrom Tree Farm to find our own Christmas tree either has a child or an adult, and a few have even helped Scott on a busy weekend as he set about making memories for others.
Of course, we admire Scott for his architectural skill and creative, artistic approach to every client design project. We also greatly appreciate and respect his approach to family, tradition, and service.
Happy holidays everyone!
Editor’s Note: Nordstrom Tree Farm is located at 11401 Pawnee Rd., Omaha, Ne 68142 and looks forward to greeting tree-seekers next holiday season. For more information, visit nordstromstreefarm.com
An enjoyable evening was had by all during the Children’s Hospital & Medical Center 2018 Imagine Gala! This year’s amazing event raised more than $1M to help fund the future of pediatric healthcare. The generous giving will support a transformational expansion project that will help Children’s accommodate growing demand for services and improve pediatric care for patients and families. The Hubbard Center for Children, opening in 2021, is a 9-floor clinical facility that will be home to many of Children’s critical pediatric programs and services, and further the advanced research needed to take pediatric care to the next level.
The 18th annual UC Hospital Foundation’s Men for the Cure event was held September 20, 2018 at the Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver, CO. Altus shared our sponsorship table with valued partners, while supporting this annual dinner where 100% of the proceeds go directly to the cause: To advance breast cancer research, care, and early detection education at University of Colorado Hospital. We join with many to honor those on a breast cancer journey as well as support all who provide assistance.
Under clear skies and abundant sunshine in Papillion, Nebraska, Hawley Orthodontics broke ground on the site of their 6,500 SF future office. Known for their exceptional patient treatment, we look forward to watching their dreamy new stand-alone office come to life, so their outstanding team can construct smiles in an equally awesome facility. Their new office will feature an large, open-concept treatment room with 8 chairs. Watch for the ribbon cutting at this same time next year!
Altus Architectural Studios is providing the planning, design, and interior design services. Hausmann Construction is the general contractor for the project.
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!
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.
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.
The June 15, 2018 specialty insert of the Midlands Business Journal focused on regional architecture trends. Due to our firms expertise in healthcare planning and design, Altus was invited to contribute to a feature article on senior living expectations.
As the Project Manager for the Prairie Village Retirement Center in Columbus, NE, which is currently under construction, Mike Levin discussed many of the requests we are being asked to accommodate in this evolving market. Our deep experience in healthcare design translates well when considering the experience or feeling seniors expect in their care and housing.To read the full Midlands Business Journal article, see page 34.
Serving as a Senior Project Architect, Garret brings more than a decade of experience and unique skill sets rooted in creating better built environments for clients, users, and the public, while being mindful of owners’ time and budgetary constraints. He will be instrumental in serving and expanding the firm’s healthcare client base by developing construction documents to lead the team through construction and project closeout, as well as technical oversight on documentation and code reviews, while serving as a mentor to junior staff. His shared values of excellence and experience with healthcare clients will enhance Altus’ project leadership and improve our responsiveness to the dynamic, evolving nature of the healthcare marketplace.
Garret’s notable projects include the large, complex Humber River Regional Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, lauded as the first fully-digital hospital in North America. Domestically, he has completed various projects on the Mayo campus in Rochester, MN and Sentara Princess Ann Hospital in Virginia Beach, VA. He brings prior working knowledge, having also completed commissions within the UCHealth system in Colorado.
“We are excited to welcome Garret as a valuable addition to our dedicated team,” said Chad Kruse, Vice President and Denver Managing Principal. “His strong healthcare background and his methodical thought process to resolve issues, while still providing solutions best suited to each client and situation will be an undeniable asset to our clients and our thriving healthcare practice.”
Biltoft holds both a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from Texas Tech University. He is also a registered architect in Colorado. Garret’s specialties include completion of IDP in 2008 and ARE in 2010. Based in Denver, CO, Garret will actively partner with team members on projects throughout the Midwest in conjunction with the Omaha headquarters.
Garret shared, “I am very excited to join Altus Architectural Studios. To have been given the opportunity to become part of a firm with this the level of expertise, exemplary work, and quality people is truly remarkable. I look forward to the results that we can achieve together.”
Garret, we are excited to welcome you as a member of the Altus family, and look forward to the next adventure along your professional career path!
The Altus Interior Design team joined design professionals from around the world for the 50th anniversary of NeoCon in Chicago this week. When attending the event they were asked to provide input on what the future of design is to them, and displayed it proudly at the exhibition installation.
With a drive to continue advancing his career focused on healthcare design, Leo joins Altus at our new office location in downtown Denver. Leo’s interest in healthcare architecture stems from his genuine desire to improve the patient and staff experiences as well as better their day-to-day lives. With project experience from conceptual design through construction completion, and roles ranging from project management on high technology hybrid operating rooms and advanced cardiac cath labs through project coordination responsibilities for expansive hospital additions, Leo addresses the smallest details while maintaining a broad overview of the entire project. He is especially interested in Evidence Based Design which uses credible research to inform the design process and achieve the best operational and functional outcomes for each project. He will bring to bear his experience in knowledge development for evidence-based practice and informatics plus best practices for safe healthcare systems.
Leo received his Master of Architecture from the Texas Tech University, College of Architecture and his Bachelor of Science in Architecture, graduating Cum Laude, also from Texas Tech University. Leo’s deep appreciation for the healthcare market sector is evident in the fact that he earned his Healthcare Facility Design Certificate (HCaF) in 2011.
Chad Kruse, Denver Managing Principal, shares, “Leo has a commitment to design excellence, a strong, collaborative work ethic, and a positive attitude to whatever challenges he encounters. These technical and critical thinking abilities will serve us well as we take on a variety of complex healthcare projects.”
Leo is a well-respected, diligent team player who will perfectly augment our growing firm. We consider ourselves fortunate to have him aboard!
We couldn’t be more excited that Emily decided to begin her career with Altus Architectural Studios. It seems she feels the same, since she chose to start early, working part-time until her graduation in May. We consider ourselves lucky to have this ambitious, new talent join our ranks!
Emily will graduate next month from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science in Design, emphasis on Interior Design. Along with earning an accredited interior design degree, Emily is also actively preparing to sit for the WELL AP Exam.
“Emily is a stand out student among the 2018 design graduates at UNL. We are very excited to have her as our newest member of the interiors team and welcome the passion and excitement she brings for design,” stated Amanda Swartwout, IIDA, LEED AP, Altus Director of Interior Design.
Altus Architectural Studios will be the architect of record, teaming with EYP, for the University of Colorado Hospital Tower 3 Expansion Project on the UCHealth metro campus in Aurora, CO. The project will commence immediately with Programming, followed by Schematic Design. Sheila Elijah-Barnwell, Ph.D., AIA, will lead the team as Principal-In-Charge. Professionals from both our Denver and Omaha offices will lend expertise to this project. Watch for more exciting updates as this project gets underway!
To kick-off our 2018 campaign to “give back” and support our valued clients, all team members were able to participate in our first ever Denim for Disabilities fundraiser benefiting UNMC’s Monroe-Meyer Institute.
For $1 a day, from January 15 – February 9th, employees could wear jeans. The event is traditionally a campus-wide fundraiser for UNMC departments. However, as a proud partner to both UNMC and Monroe-Meyer, Altus became the first off-site or partner donor, as our leadership encouraged participation as a way to offer our support for the mission of the Monroe-Meyer Institute. Heading into the last week of the campaign, the ante was upped as President Loren Lamprecht offered to match all employee monies. As a result of the firms collective efforts, Altus was able to present a $600 check to Monroe-Meyer Institute.
The event raises money for the recreational therapy program at the Monroe-Meyer Institute, which provides activities on Thursday night for adults with developmental disabilities. Hundreds of families benefit from these services each year.
Stay tuned for our Q2 give back campaign, coming soon!
Carrie is a planner with nearly 20 years of experience in all phases of architecture, with a focus on healthcare solutions. She has led the planning, design, and development of a diverse range of healthcare facilities, including both new construction and complex renovations for community hospitals, expansive urban campuses, specialty centers, and medical office buildings. With her strong coordination skills and technical capabilities, Carrie provides clients with an array of planning services, from multi-site campus master plans to facilities analyses, feasibility reports, and building master plans. She works closely with clients and end-users to establish patient and provider flow diagrams, conceptual sketches, and programs that allow the design process to move smoothly into project development. Her solid understanding of healthcare design standards and learned best practices enable her to successfully guide clients through strategic planning and an integrated design process.
“Carrie has a unique ability to translate client priorities, expectations and requirements into elegant, efficient and buildable design solutions,” said Sheila Elijah-Barnwell, Vice President and Director of Healthcare. “She is widely respected across the design profession, and we are confident that her leadership and experience will serve our clients and colleagues well in this important Colorado market.”
Hinshaw holds both a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University. She is also a registered architect in Colorado, as well as a LEED Accredited Professional. She is active in the Colorado Association of Healthcare Engineers and Directors (CAHED). Based in Denver, CO, Carrie will lead teams for many significant projects throughout the Midwest, in partnership with the Omaha headquarters.
Carrie’s wealth of knowledge, creative problem solving, and overall commitment to improving healthcare is a very welcome addition to the Altus team. We are pleased she chose to join our expanding firm!
This team is on fire! Back at it once again for Round 2 of Design Campfire. This round-up focused on The High Performance Ceiling: Lighting, Acoustics, Transitions, Oh My!
Design Campfire kicked off earlier this month, with a focus on creating a collaborative conversation about solving design problems in the name of excellence and innovation.
Our studio leaders are very excited to be a part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture Career Fair taking place 2.22 – 2.23! A shout out to Mike Levin, Amanda Swartwout & Evan Lamprecht for volunteering to spend time with the bright, rising stars of the future. Given all those big smiles, it looks like a good time was had by all! 🙂
We are proud to have collaborated with the leaders of Shenandoah Medical Center to ensure the need for a new surgery center became a reality! We love helping our clients better serve their communities by delivering an improved patient experience through our planning and design services.
Featuring our very own, “Ladies of Fire,” Amanda Swartwout & Josie Clymer…
The Altus Interiors Team launched their newest design initiative, Design Campfire: A collaborative conversation about solving design problems in the name of excellence and innovation.
Our first topic was Flooring for the High Performance Environment. Stay tuned for information on future installments!
Mike Goertzen, Senior Project Manager, and his wife Teri joined Patti and Bob Black, President of Capital Performance Management for Mosaic Life Care, for the 25th Annual Cattle Baron’s Ball held January 26, 2018 at the emPowerU Campus in downtown St. Joseph, Missouri. The event proceeds benefit emPowerU and the Missouri Cattlemen’s Children’s Fund, which is managed by Heartland Foundation and provides medical adaptive equipment for children with special needs.
This event centered on the retirement of Judith Sabbert, President of Heartland Foundation. The Master of Ceremonies was Dr. Mark Laney, CEO of Mosaic Life Care, and the key note speaker was Lowell C. Kruse, Retired President/CEO of Heartland Health.
Altus is excited to announce our team expansion into the Colorado marketplace! In support of current and future relationships, we welcome Chad Kruse, Vice President, to our leadership team. In Chad, the firm gains a dynamic and seasoned healthcare professional. Our relationship with Chad dates to the early 2000’s when he was a client, working with Altus on numerous projects at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, NE. He continued his career providing healthcare management operations when he moved to Glenwood Springs, CO in 2013 to take on the role of Director of Facilities for Valley View Hospital.
With more than a decade of provider-side experience – both at a rural hospital as well as a large academic teaching system – Chad is poised to appreciate and foresee the many challenges and strategic needs of our clients. His experience, empathy, and knowledge enables him to offer the most relevant solutions and appropriate resources for each client project. Likewise, his active involvement in national and regional healthcare associations ensures he will infuse projects with innovation and best practices to achieve success.
Chad graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with a minor in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. As a lifelong learner, he is nearing completion of his Masters in Healthcare Administration at Colorado State University, with an anticipated graduation in March 2018. His passion for serving is evident in the fact that he is currently the acting Board Treasurer for the Colorado Association of Healthcare Engineers & Directors (CAHED). In addition, Chad received the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) 2016 Emerging Leader Award.
While discussing his transition from the provider-side to becoming an architecture partner, Chad states, “I’ve never been one to shy away from a challenge, so when this opportunity presented itself I knew I could make an impact, which was key for making the change. I’ve always been highly invested in the pursuit to foster excellence in the patient experience, especially as it relates to quality and safety within the built environment and associated operations, so being able to influence those outcomes up-front in the planning and design process has me stoked. I look forward to being able to relate to clients, in the fact that I’ve managed operations and compliance teams, which provides me with a firm grasp on the challenges and strategic initiatives they face. In this new capacity with Altus, I’ll be able to proactively foster expert collaboration in support of clients to address both their current issues, as well as in anticipation of future needs, such as long range space flexibility and operational efficiency. I have held Altus in high regard for many years – I’m thrilled to join the Altus team!”
We are ecstatic to have Chad onboard!
Amanda is an award-winning designer with over a decade of experience in the commercial interior design industry. Her solutions combine high-level creativity with technical knowledge of the built environment. Amanda’s broad skill set pulls from experience in both Pacific Northwest and Midwest markets, as well as work on a variety of project types; most notably healthcare, hospitality, corporate office, retail, multi-family housing, and community centers.
Amanda is driven by the notion that good design can make the world a better place. She believes that well executed and client-responsive environments can increase performance, productivity, revenue, health and overall user experience. Amanda prides herself on attention to detail and her ability to foster a team mentality.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture, Amanda continues to cultivate her interest of academia and emerging trends through her on-call role as a Studio Lecturer with the UNL College of Architecture.
The new discipline lead for our Interiors team states, “I am thrilled to be joining this very talented team known for its excellence in design of healing environments. I look forward to leading our interior design practice toward a bright and collaborative future, knowing the collective impact we can have on improving quality of life for our clients.”
Please join us in welcoming Amanda to the team!
During the fourth quarter of 2017, Evan Lamprecht returned to his home state and joined the firm as Project Coordinator. Evan worked for Altus for three summers as an intern architect while attending UNL and is excited to be re-joining our studio.
After finishing his Masters degree from UNL in the spring of 2014, Evan worked for a regional Midwest firm where he specialized in healthcare design. During his tenure, he had the opportunity to coordinate a variety of projects ranging from new construction to complicated, multi-phased remodels. Evan has a passion for technology and how it can be used to enhance the design process while conveying design concepts to clients. His healthcare experience includes projects such as cancer centers, clinics, labs, obstetrics, emergency, and medical office buildings. He has also garnered experience in the K-12 and higher education market sectors.
“Once again becoming part of the Altus studio is a tremendous opportunity to leverage my talents for an industry I feel extremely passionate about. I’m excited to join forces with the healthcare experts at Altus and to help share the future of how we deliver top-notch designs and service to our clients. I can’t wait to get started!”
Altus Architectural Studios has announced that Anna Pratt has achieved licensure as an architect in the State of Nebraska after successfully completing all of the state’s requirements and passing the Architectural Registration Exam.
Anna spent two summers at Altus as an intern architect before joining our team as a full-time employee in 2013. She graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a Master of Architecture degree and Bachelor of Science in Design – Architectural Studies degree.
Anna has gained experience in healthcare design from her depth of project work, including: CHI Health Clinics, CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center-University Campus, CHI Health St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, CHI Health Immanuel Medical Center, Johnson County Hospital, Methodist Health System, and UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital.
Anna looks forward to infusing each project with knowledge gained from the licensure process and continuing education opportunities.
Altus is pleased to welcome Michael Goertzen, NCARB, LEED AP, CDT, to the team! He will serve as Senior Project Manager at the firm.
Mike has devoted over thirty years of his career to specializing in healthcare architecture across the United States. Mike has an understanding of the advancement in technology and changes these advancements are having on the delivery of services by healthcare facilities. His extensive list of experience includes planning as well as well as coordinating building projects such as facility additions, renovations and new facilities. Projects have included a wide range of healthcare facility types such as cancer centers, medical office buildings, surgery centers, and full-service campuses. His duties have ranged from project administration including project planning, to user group meeting coordination, team coordination, code studies, design and detailing.
University of Nebraska graduate, Phuong Nguyen recently joined Altus as a Project Coordinator focused on Design. Phuong received a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design followed by a Master of Architecture from UNL. While working on her Master’s degree, she participated in a Healthcare Design Studio and competed nationally in a student healthcare design competition. Phuong brings a keen eye for detail along with her passion for thoughtful design to our healthcare practice.
Having a passion for space, environment, and people, I have always been interested in pursuing a career in architecture. Being an architect/designer will give me the opportunity to create a better living environment for people with different cultures, needs and wants. I have a major interest in Healthcare design and that’s what I want to work towards in the future. No area of architecture practice today is as fast moving and complex as healthcare. My biggest goal is to contribute to elevating healthcare architecture; help it move forward with effective strategies that advance healthcare delivery; design beautiful, sustainable and affordable healthcare facilities that help to improve the health of patients and communities.
Altus is also pleased to welcome Omar Al Mulki. Omar recently received a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Nebraska and has come on board as a Project Coordinator supporting all aspects of our projects. Omar adds a new level of energy to our practice and challenges our team to embrace new technology and work outside of our comfort zones.
As a new graduate, my goal is to understand the actual architectural practice away from academia dream land and closer towards the nuts and bolts of every project. I focus on understanding what generates value to the client in order to serve their needs. I deeply believe that new technology should be embraced as early as possible. It makes every architect an alchemist by turning challenges into opportunities. I find joy in the woodshop and I am passionate about logarithmic design and digital fabrication.
The new Korff Fitness and Wellness Center at Thayer County Health Services is now open! Members of the Altus design team were honored to attend the open house and ribbon cutting ceremony. Altus provided Master Planning and Architectural Services for TCHS. The Wellness Center Addition was the first phase in implementing the Master Plan. To learn more about the project and view additional photographs, visit the project page.
Altus was proud to be a part of the Dedication Ceremony for the new CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center – University Campus. The event was well attended by City officials, CHI Health providers, CUMC faculty, and members of the community. Part of a larger Academic Medical Center initiative, this location serves the local community with a 24-hour emergency department, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, imaging, clinic space for family practice, OB/GYN, and pediatrics. Visit the project page to learn more about this innovative healthcare facility.
The design team from Altus attended the Open House at Shenandoah Medical Center. Local officials, members of the community, and health care providers toured the Medical Office Building addition and were part of the ribbon cutting. To learn more about this Master Plan, Addition, and Remodel, visit the project page. Congratulations to Shenandoah Medical Center and the Shenandoah community on this exciting milestone!
May, 2016 – Sheila Elijah-Barnwell, PhD, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP, joined the firm as Director of Healthcare. Sheila brings 23 years of experience leading health and healthcare projects as a designer, planner and project manager on projects throughout the United States and in Canada. She works closely with clients to help them create master plan and facility design solutions that support their strategic, operational and community goals. Sheila is a proponent of collaboration and an interdisciplinary approach to design and believes that the use of research and evidence is a powerful way to inform design and planning.
Elijah-Barnwell will provide firm leadership, focusing on the firm’s health and healthcare program to drive innovation, respond to changes in healthcare delivery, and help clients realize positive human outcomes as a result of our design interventions. Sheila will also help the firm to expand our visibility and growth in these markets.
March 25, 2016 – Altus was awarded the opportunity to design a replacement critical access hospital and clinic for Richland Parish Hospital in Delhi, Louisiana. Currently, the Altus team is working through concept design options.
February 8, 2016 – Construction continues to progress on the Fontenelle Nature Center Raptor Experience in Bellevue, Nebraska. The exhibit features several cabins (also known as mews) where injured raptors will undergo rehabilitation. Visitors will have year-round views of the raptors while they reside in climate controlled cabins with screened porches. The cabin design is reflective of the surrounding forest and existing nature center.
The display is expected to open in early summer 2016.
Thayer County Health Services in Hebron, NE retained Altus for their Hospital Renovation and Family Wellness Center Addition project.
Click here to learn more about the project.
December 14, 2015 – The 80,000 square foot CHI Health Academic Medical Center – University Campus construction is progressing and the building is taking shape. Construction is anticipated to be complete in Fall 2016.
The 2-story medical center will include space for primary care physicians, specialists, imaging, laboratory, physical therapy, and 24-hour pharmacy and emergency departments. The building will have 64 outpatient exam rooms for use by 30 physicians working in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, behavioral health, cardiology, orthopedics, and other areas. Space for clinical research will be included within each clinic module. Physical therapy and occupational therapy will be located on the lower level, as well as meeting space for community members and Creighton University’s medical students.
Photography by Brad Williams Photography.
December 2015 – Trinity Health and Lourdes Health System selected Altus Architectural Studios, and local architect Environetics, to provide architectural and design services for a new 30,000 square foot clinic, to be located in Camden, New Jersey. Our team is looking forward to the project kick-off.
News Release from the U.S. Army and the Defense Health Agency – November 2, 2015
The U.S. Army and the Defense Health Agency have called on a collaboration of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Altus Architectural Studios to apply advanced simulation and analysis to clinic processes and physical settings. The work will support planning for the next generation of clinics for the Army, Air Force and Navy. The project will be led by the SimTigrate Design Lab in the Georgia Tech College of Architecture, with strong involvement from faculty members in the Georgia Tech Schools of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Computer Science.
The Army uses a model of care called the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) in which patients in Army primary care clinics receive an integrated set of services such as medical care, behavioral health assistance, nutritional counseling and pharmacy services. The DoD is using PCMH care to improve the experience and quality of care, reduce cost and maintain readiness. The PCMH model is also being broadly adopted by private sector providers. Jennifer DuBose, associate director of the SimTigrate Design Lab, has been researching the design of PCMH clinics and will bring her knowledge of best practices from other clinics to the project.
As of 2013, the MHS operated 361 ambulatory care clinics worldwide. With so many clinics, the MHS has been challenged to maintain consistency in the quality of the care it provides. Through this project, the research team will analyze clinics from the Army, Navy and Air Force and build simulation models to optimize the clinic settings and care process. The simulation models will be built in collaboration with the Georgia Tech School of Industrial and System Engineering, under the direction of professors Paul Griffin and Nicoletta Serban.
This project will also yield valuable research tools that will contribute to the science of health care delivery. Senior Research Scientist Scott Robertson of the Interactive Media Technology Center at Georgia Tech will develop improved data collection and visualization tools that help the team document the care process during site visits.
“While processes such as systematic field study, simulation and rapid prototyping have led to significant improvements in fields such as aviation, they are less common in healthcare and in architecture,” said Craig Ziming, director the SimTigrate Design Lab. “In our previous work we have found that simulation has allowed organizations to reduce space requirements, and shorten wait times and improve the experience of visits for patients, and return time to staff. Working with a world-class organization such as the Military Health System that provides services to 9.6 million patients allows the development and testing of solutions at a scale that wasn’t previously possible. We look forward to helping improve care for people who have given so much to this country.”
The Department of Defense will provide $558,449 to Georgia Tech for the first year of the project. Collaborator Altus Architectural Studios, Inc. headquartered in Omaha, NE, specializes in healthcare architecture, planning, and interior design.
The new, 62,500 square foot replacement hospital for Field Memorial Community Hospital was completed this fall. Altus had the opportunity to provide architecture and design services, which delivered more critical access hospital for less money. Members of the Altus team traveled to Centreville, Mississippi in September for the open house and ribbon cutting ceremony.
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Altus was awarded the IIDA: Interior Design in Excellence (IDEA) People’s Choice Award for the Specialized Engineering Solutions, Inc. (SES) office. Altus and SES worked together to convert an abandoned, 10,000 square foot outdated strip mall into a new, highly-efficient office space for their growing firm.
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Chris Barnwell, AIA, LEED AP, joined the firm as Design Principal. He is a creative and award-winning designer with 28 years of experience in commercial, healthcare, education, and research facilities, Chris specializes in the exterior design of buildings and cladding systems. His early adoption of three-dimensional modeling and drawing techniques, and subsequent embrace of newer, cutting-edge technologies, has placed him at the forefront of raising standards for the entire industry. Chris constantly strives for the best possible technical and aesthetic design solutions for clients, believing that collaborative design by a diverse project team is a keystone for design excellence.
Altus provided architecture and design services for the newly completed CHI Health clinic near 161st and Maple streets in Omaha, Nebraska. An open house was held in January to celebrate the opening of the new facility.
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Shawn Coyle, AIA, NCARB, joined the firm as Senior Project Architect. With a diverse portfolio of large healthcare clients, Shawn’s qualifications include almost 13 years of experience in healthcare architecture. He has exhibited his expertise in all phases of architectural design, documentation, and construction for projects ranging from $250 thousand to over $250 million. His extensive portfolio includes direct select healthcare work for several organizations including The Nebraska Medical Center, Sentara Healthcare, and Baylor Medical Center. He is highly accomplished at design, detailing, and specifications for both interior and exterior deliverables for projects in excess of $100 million and has led many fast track multi-discipline teams ranging from six to 60+ individuals.
Altus has been selected for the 2013 Nebraska Excellence Award by the US Institute for Excellence in Commerce (USIEC). Each year the USIEC conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. These companies are recognized for their high-level commitment to their customers and community. Small businesses of this caliber enhance the consumer-driven stature for which Nebraska is renowned. Altus has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. This recognition by USIEC marks a significant achievement for Altus as an emerging leader and a company setting benchmarks for the industry to follow.
CHI Health has broken ground for their newest clinic – to be located near the intersection of 161st and Maple.
Mike has extensive experience designing and planning healthcare projects of all types, including hospital campus master plans, freestanding medical centers, replacement additions and complete departmental renovations with phasing. With over 30 years in the field, he has a strong understanding of how the advances in technology affect the design of healthcare facilities. Major department experience includes cardiac, emergency, surgery, ICU, imaging, labor and delivery and inpatient nursing. He also has been involved in the design of numerous specialty hospitals across the United States, with specific expertise in the planning and design of cardiovascular facilities, both freestanding and within tertiary hospital facilities. He actively incorporates workflow processes capitalizing on the use of 3D imaging to test everyday design methodologies.
He is the winner of the Henry Adams Certificate of Merit, University of Nebraska, AIA, 1981. Mike’s expertise has been showcased in healthcare magazine articles and he has been a featured speaker at various healthcare conferences.