The Breakers

From Derelict to Dynamic

Our visionary clients at NuStyle Development saw opportunity in this abandoned OPPD power plant located on the Missouri River. The APMA team helped overcome the seemingly insurmountable challenges, turning three derelict industrial buildings – with only metal catwalks throughout – into modern, urban-luxury living that attracts residents to formerly abandoned part of town.

Project

Location
Omaha, NE

Size
335,200 GSF

Scope of Work
Renovation

Date of Completion 
2017

Website
The Breakers Omaha

Project Contact

A view of the plant looking Northwest in approx 1920

The original power plant was constructed in 1889 and was listed to the National Register of Historic in July of 2015.

Views of the plant in the late 1970's

Three historic masonry structures were united: Switchgear, Turbine Hall, and Boiler Plant. The final design features 218 residential units with subterranean parking incorporated into existing basements.

“People love the historical nature of the building. This is what grew Omaha – this power plant.”

Todd Heistand
NuStyle Development

Many living units include remnants and elements from the original building; exposed structure and brick, glass block windows and concrete ceilings to name a few.

Photography by: Dana Damewood and APMA

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AIA CSR Awards

September 28, 2020

At the 2020 (virtual) AIA Central States Awards The Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center picked up a Merit award in the Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse category and the jury commented: “We enjoyed the Hoff Cultural Center for its ability to abstract the new…to expose the historical.” Congrats to Pottawattamie Arts, Culture and Entertainment and the entire project team!

Say It Loud

September 10, 2020

Congratulations to our own Jenny Zimmer, Jean Vacha and Megan Lutz for being featured alongside other deserving designers in this year’s Say It Loud – Beyond the Built Environment Online Exhibition. Follow the link to view the entire selection of winners!

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We’re Hiring

September 3, 2020

We’re growing our team! If you are a talented architect or interior designer who wants to put people first, advance design, and build community, please reach out to smullins@alleypoyner.com

We’re Winners!

July 29, 2020

Congratulations to Swanson Elementary, which was recently honored by the IIDA Great Plains Chapter. Click the link below to see more photos and all the deserving winners!

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Biophilic Landscaping

July 28, 2020

Click on the link below to read about the innovative approach to landscaping being implemented at Millwork Commons called ‘biophilic design’. Our own Megan Lutz breaks it down.

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Office Update

July 23, 2020

For the continued health and safety of our clients and employees the APMA office will remain closed through October 1, 2020. Rest assured our team is focused on providing a great client experience even as we continue to work remotely during this time.