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Book Project Has Always Had Bright Intentions. Now it Has a Building to Match.

Re-purposed shipping container kitchenette with custom wood casework by Nomi

Re-purposed shipping container kitchenette with custom wood casework by Nomi

The renovation of the International Book Project's headquarters on Delaware Avenue is complete and featured in a kentucky.com article by Cheryl Truman.

In 2016 the International Book Project (IBP) developed a strategic plan that committed to increasing the number of books shipped to at least 500,000 per year. One of the major obstacles they faced was the condition of their facility.

Working closely with IBP, we evaluated their current building and helped them make the difficult decision whether to abandon or renovate their existing location. Of the three firms interviewed, Nomi was the only one to recommend preserving their historic warehouse property.

Their staff of architects was enthusiastic responsive, creative , and respected our budgetary constraints. They understood us.
— Lisa Fiedler Fryman, Executive Director, IBP

We hosted a weekend Charrette (aka visioning session) for IBP administrators, staff and board members during which we facilitated a discussion about their operations and environment. We then translated that information into a working program and a flexible, open layout that would allow staff and volunteers to operate efficiently now and into the future.

IBP’s need for flexible space is supported by the custom fabricated casework we designed and fabricated especially for this project. The sturdy mobile kitchen island and rolling work tables can handle to weight of piles of books an allow staff and volunteers to reconfigure their space into the ideal environment for each operational task.

Brand reinforcement is essential for non-profit organizations who rely on community awareness to bring in volunteers and donations. Unique design elements like the repurposed shipping container reinforce their mission of promoting global literacy by shipping books to over 50 countries.

Nomi Part of 2017 AIA KY Merit Award Team!

We are very honored to be part of the award-winning design, development and construction team receiving the 2017 AIA Kentucky Merit Award for construction less than five million dollars!

The York Street Challenge, a national design competition was organized by the North Limestone Community Development Corporation (NoLi CDC) as part of the LuigART Maker Spaces initiative which received an implementation grant in 2013 from ArtPlace America. The competition invited designers to generate designs that would allow the NoLi CDC to repurpose nearly forty contiguous ‘shotgun’ styled homes from the turn of the 20th century into affordable and highly flexible live-work spaces for makers and their families.

Click the image above to read more about all of the winning project teams.

Click the image above to read more about all of the winning project teams.

Our winning entry for this competition preserves the memory of the original homes while creating a design based on what we call open source format; a single plan that can be customized for each maker while fostering social and creative collaboration within the LuigART community.

130 and 142 York Street were completed in 2016 using Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) fabrication methods. The wood structures for both homes were assembled from pieces milled on our CNC machine that fit together like a puzzle. The pre-cut parts were delivered on pallets to the site then assembled using only rubber mallets, screw guns and a little elbow grease. 

The York Street Maker Spaces are a continuation into our research and development mission to challenge the boundaries of conventional architecture through making.

Framing pieces staged in Nomi's fabrication shop before delivery

Framing pieces staged in Nomi's fabrication shop before delivery

142 York Street, Lexington, KY

142 York Street, Lexington, KY

Impressive DIY mindset and commitment by the owner, as developer/master planner/designer, to enhance and transform a community. A fun place to live and work using the vocabulary of the shotgun house. Excellent use of advance technology to create this design solution, adding delight to the community.
— Jury Comments
Inside the maker space

Inside the maker space

Putting the pieces together

Putting the pieces together

Blue Grass Stockyards Open For Business!

On January 30th of 2015 the historic stockyards near downtown Lexington caught fire and burned. Almost all of the 10-acre property was destroyed. Blue Grass Stockyards came to Nomi in mid-February to discuss rebuilding a new state-of-the-art facility on a complex site in Fayette County. We worked quickly and collaboratively with BGS to develop a design that re-invents the idea of what stockyards can be. Just eight months later, in September, 2015 we broke ground with D.W. Wilburn Construction on a new site near the Kentucky Horse Park and earlier this week, on September 11, 2017 Blue Grass Regional Marketplace opened for business.

The new Lexington stockyards is a complex and unique type of facility that pairs time-tested methods of operation with leading trends in agribusiness. Similar to the other facilities owned by BGS, the new public building houses stockyards administrative and sales offices, a sales arena and café. But there are also new functions added which will alter their business model and transform how BGS interfaces with the public. The Lexington location now has dedicated areas for media services and internet sales, leasable space for agricultural retailers and even a museum and learning center where the public can learn about the history and operations of the cattle business. While streamlining sales operations, the new Lexington location will also nurture a new type of relationship with the community and make Blue Grass Stockyards a key player in agritourism, one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry.

Jim Gray, Mayor of Lexington and Gene Barber, Senior Partner of BGS prepare to cut the ribbon for the new Blue Grass Regional Marketplace.

Jim Gray, Mayor of Lexington and Gene Barber, Senior Partner of BGS prepare to cut the ribbon for the new Blue Grass Regional Marketplace.

Blue Grass Stockyards "Main Street"

Blue Grass Stockyards "Main Street"

The Yards Learning Center supported by the Kentucky Cattlemen's Association, funded by  Farm Credit Mid-America  and  Tarter Farm & Ranch Equipment . Classroom space donated by  Bluegrass Stockyards . Designed and fabricated by Nomi.

The Yards Learning Center supported by the Kentucky Cattlemen's Association, funded by Farm Credit Mid-America and Tarter Farm & Ranch Equipment. Classroom space donated by Bluegrass Stockyards. Designed and fabricated by Nomi.

We worked closely with BGS to develop an architectural style specific to their brand. In order to recreate the ‘magic’ of the original sales arena, we studied its dimensions, proportions and sightlines and incorporated those into the new design. We also repurposed the original brick pavers from the old stockyards for the main entry hall floor of the new sales building; a modern, double- height space filled with daylight and lined with retail storefronts. By melding historical elements and agricultural visual cues with modern proportions and materials we designed Blue Grass Stockyards’ new location in a style we like to call ‘AgMo’ or Agricultural Modern; a style we feel expresses their history while supporting their forward-thinking business approach.