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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. 

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Nomi Receives AIA Kentucky Honor Award!

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE NOMI AS A RECIPIENT OF AIA KENTUCKY'S 2016 HONOR AWARDS!

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.