We are very honored to dedicate the Moment House prototype in memory of our dear friend and colleague, Michael Mead.
Michael was a true maker who greatly impacted the culture at Nomi. In the words of company owner, Matthew Brooks, “When Michael took a special interest in a project, as he did with the LuigART Makers Spaces, there was no stopping him. There is no better way to celebrate our friend and colleague than by seeing his vision to fruition.”
Read more about Michael and the Moment House in the press release below:
BUILDING A LEGACY OF INNOVATION: YORK STREET HOME TO BE DEDICATED IN HONOR OF VETERAN AND DESIGNER MICHAEL MEAD ON MAY 6TH, 2016
Posthumously Realized, the Ground-Breaking Project Was Brainchild of Beloved Marine and University of Kentucky Associate Architecture Professor
Lexington, KY (May 2, 2016) On Friday morning, 142 York Street in Lexington will become a physical manifestation of Michael Mead’s determination, hard work, and talent, as the new home he designed is dedicated in his honor. Friends, colleagues, family, and the community lost a rising star when Mead, a decorated Iraq and Afghanistan combat Veteran, took his own life in September of 2014. In the very midst of a largely internal struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Michael excelled in all he did, including helping Nomi Design win a nationwide design competition for the North Limestone Community Development Corporation’s LuigART Makers Spaces project.
When the NoLi CDC conceptualized an affordable housing project on York Street in Lexington, they knew they wanted to create affordable, well-built, energy-efficient, flexible, beautiful, and inspiring spaces. Part of doing so was enlisting national level architectural talent to participate in a design competition. While firms from throughout the country participated, the winning design came from much closer to home. In part due to the work of Mead, Lexington’s Nomi Design emerged from the competition with the successful design. Matthew Brooks, Principal at Nomi Design said, “When Michael took a special interest in a project, as he did with the LuigART Makers Spaces, there was no stopping him. There is no better way to celebrate our friend and colleague than by seeing his vision to fruition.”
That winning design has now come to life as 142 York nears completion this spring. The construction technique, called "moment framing," utilizes pieces cut from plywood sheets by a computer guided router that are fabricated in-shop and then put together onsite, much like a giant puzzle. The technique decreases onsite construction time, and reduces material waste. Lead by the NoLi CDC, with funding from the LFUCG Affordable Housing Trust, ArtPlace America, Peoples Exchange Bank, and The Knight Foundation, this home as well as the other 6 affordable owner-occupied live/work units in the LuigART project will sell for around $80,000 to buyers making at or below 80% of Area Median Income.
Mead served five years of duty in the U.S. Marine Corps as a CH53 helicopter crew chief and served two tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, earning the presidential air medal for 149 combat support missions. After his service, Michael also excelled academically graduating Summa Cum Laude with an undergraduate degree in Architecture from SUNY Buffalo, followed with his Master's degree in Architecture from University of Kentucky. Upon graduation Mead started work with Architect Matthew Brooks, and began shaping the next generation of students as an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Kentucky.
While Michael seemed to be flourishing in his life, love, and career, PTSD was silently taking it’s toll. Michael was not alone. According to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs up to 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan combat Veterans suffer from PTSD, and there are nearly 22 Veteran suicides
each day. Since his passing, Michael’s father George has worked to help Veterans connect with the resources they need. George works closely with Vet to Vet USA a peer to peer support program that utilizes veterans to help other veterans. Geared specifically towards Michael’s peers the Wounded Warrior project offers a variety of programs, service and events for wounded veterans of the military actions following the events of September 11, 2001. George says, “While the dedication of 142 York will to serve to honor Michael’s legacy of achievement and service, the biggest honor would be to open up this conversation about the struggles our Veterans experience, and get even just one person the help they need.”
For more information about Michael’s design vision, the LuigART Makers Space project, and the North Limestone Community Development Corporation visit www.nolicdc.org.
House Dedication Ceremony in honor of Michael Mead
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Friday, May 6, 2016
142 York Street
Lexington, KY 40505
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