A Century of Sustainability
Built in 1917 as Omaha’s only example of Jacobethan Revival Architecture, The Margaret is a historic landmark built in what was once a streetcar neighborhood. The area had since become run down, and the Omaha Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) took over The Margaret in the hopes of reviving the building and providing low income housing for the community. OEDC approached APMA because of the firm’s extensive experience with adaptive reuse and historic preservation, coupled with its commitment to sustainable design.
The three-story building includes a total of 16 residential units with a mix of one, two and three bedroom residences to appeal to a variety of tenants. The building is now heated and cooled via ground-source (geothermal) heat pumps. New insulated glass window help regulate temperatures while blending into the building’s unique façade, while each unit’s original balconies now open to a rear “light court” providing added daylight, ventilation and air circulation.
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The client’s goals were to maintain historic character and integrity while incorporating sustainable design elements that blended with the existing architecture, making it more efficient and affordable. The team also had to address issues caused by age and neglect, including adding mechanical, electrical and trash removal systems, and incorporating ADA accessibility.
Photography by Kessler Photography, APMA Erin Giannangelo
Hooray for Hoff Family Center
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The Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center was honored with a Preservation at its Best Award for the restoration of the Harvester II Building this summer. The award for Best Community Effort was presented during a virtual ceremony at the Preserve Iowa Summit. Congrats!
Joslyn Art Museum Breaks Ground!
July 28, 2021
The expansion and site redesign of the Joslyn Art Museum has officially begun! Developed in partnership with with Norway-based architects, Snøhetta the project seeks to add new gallery space, public gardens, and outdoor spaces as well as restore and modernize existing office spaces in the Joslyn Memorial building.
June 16, 2021
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June 16, 2021
Welcome to new APMA-ers Morgan, Nicci, and Taylor! Hop on over to our people page to learn more about them.
Say It Loud
March 16, 2021
Congratulations to our own Chandler Sanders and Audrey Buckley 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!
AIA NE Award
November 19, 2020
Congratulations to Swanson Elementary School – celebrated with an Architecture Honor Award in this year’s AIA Nebraska Awards program!