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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 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.

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.

Nomi Receives AIA Kentucky Honor Award!


Nomi was recognized for excellence in the design of CaloSpa Rejuventation Center in Lexington, KY.

Thank you to our amazing clients, Dr. M. Bradley Calobrace & Dr. Nana N. Mizuguchi!

Read more about the awards here!


This design demonstrates the power of a simple generative idea. The often misused curvilinear wall, in this case, plays a subtle role of creating a sense of relaxation in the carefully edited space. Further it delineates the boundary between front and back of house. The design succeeds in creating a relaxing ethereal experience.
— Jury Comments

A press release issued by AIA Kentucky described the judging process:

The jury was directed to evaluate each project based on the success with which the project met its own individual requirements.  In its deliberations, the jury considered energy efficiency and accessibility to persons with disabilities, as well as functional utility, economy, environmental harmony and attention to the social concerns of the profession.  In addition, consideration was given to how the project’s design addressed AIA’s 10 Principles of Livable Communities. 

Each was weighed individually, not in comparison with one another, and the jury was free to select as many or as few projects as it determined to be worthy of recognition. Projects selected were deemed to have successfully met the scope of challenges with which the architect was presented.

We also wish to extend congratulations to our fellow awardees: 

  • K. Norman Berry Associates & wHY Architecture for the Speed Art Museum Expansion
  • de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop for the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum Visitor Pavilion
  • Architectural Artisans for the Gilbert Residence.