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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.

Visit Nomi HQ With BGT deTours!

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Join us on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 at 5:30 pm for the Blue Grass Trust deTours event! BGT deTours provides the opportunity to tour historic buildings, places, and sites you might not ordinarily get to see or experience.

We will tour three unique business on Delaware Avenue, an industrial street with a lot of history. 

Included on the tour:

The International Book Project : An amazing non-profit organization that promotes global literacy and has shipped over 6 million books to 140 countries in need. Their base of operations is an historic warehouse building currently under renovation by Nomi and Graves & Graves Construction. 

Longwood Antique Woods : One of our valued partners in design. Longwood salvages beautiful and historically significant materials from buildings in the Blue Grass region.

And, of course, Nomi Design

Stick around for afterhours food & drink with Pivot Brewing and Pasta Garage!

We hope to see you on the deTour!

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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 Featured as One of ARCHITECT Magazine's "Next Progressives"

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Nomi Featured as One of ARCHITECT Magazine's "Next Progressives"

A profile of Nomi and Owner / Founder, Matthew Brooks in the May 2017 issue of ARCHITECT Magazine.

A profile of Nomi and Owner / Founder, Matthew Brooks in the May 2017 issue of ARCHITECT Magazine.

Nomi is profiled in the May 2017 online and hard copy of ARCHITECT magazine.  A premier journal for architecture industry news and building resources for architects and architecture industry professionals, ARCHITECT profiled Nomi as a "Next Progressive" in the industry for its forward thinking, researched-based designs and its ability to enhance those designs through fabrication of many of the elements. 

Read the full article.

Read the complete press release.

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Come See Us at the KSBA Annual Conference!

We will feature our recently completed project, Fairview Independent High School at our booth this year!

We will feature our recently completed project, Fairview Independent High School at our booth this year!

The Nomi crew has been working together to design learning environments for over a decade. We are proud to exhibit our work this week at the Kentucky School Board Association's 81st Annual Conference!