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the winner

Top Corner 2.0El Dorado Inc. of Kansas City is the winner of the Green in the City design competition.

Green in the City, launched last fall, is a national design competition to create an innovative urban community space in downtown Omaha. The site is adjacent to two projects under development in the 10th and Pacific block – the new home of the BLUEBARN Theatre and Boxcar 10, a mixed use building with a small parking area.

Min l Day, an architectural partnership with offices in Omaha and San Francisco, is designing the BLUEBARN Theatre and Boxcar 10 projects. Omaha philanthropist Nancy Mammel, the developer of Boxcar 10, has donated the land for the theatre and green space and is providing the lead gift for the Green in the City competition. Once the Green in the City project is complete, the BLUEBARN Theatre will assume ownership of the open space and will be responsible for its maintenance.

As winner of the competition, El Dorado Inc. will be awarded a design commission to complete the project pending approval of the sponsor and project stakeholders. The El Dorado Inc. team includes Kevin Robert Perry, landscape architect from Urban Rain Design, and graduate architecture students from Kansas State University.

“On behalf of our design team, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Min l Day and the BLUEBARN Theatre to see the Green in the City competition through to fruition,” said David Dowell, principal with El Dorado Inc. “We truly enjoyed the competition process. It was well run and clearly supported by the community. The five final proposals were inspiring – each unique in their own way – and we’re honored to be in such talented company.”

The winning proposal, “Roof, Ground, Water,” begins with the visually arresting roof of the BLUEBARN Theatre. The goal is to create a roof corollary on the ground that’s flexible and accessible while showcasing the holistic management of stormwater on a development site. “On a poetic level, through the rigorous choreography of water flow from high to low, we are making gravity visible, acoustical and felt,” Dowell said.

The proposal also seeks to involve architecture and landscape architecture students from Kansas State University, where Dowell teaches, and construction management students from the University of Nebraska’s Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha.

Dowell said his team looks forward to spending more time in Omaha and joining the effort to expand the BLUEBARN Theatre for the next 25 years and beyond.

The competition netted more than 50 applications from across the country, said Connie Spellman, director of Omaha by Design. A jury of five landscape, art and design professionals narrowed the applications down to five finalist teams. The teams were then interviewed by the jury in Omaha earlier this month. Jury members are Porter Arneill, director/public art administrator, City of Kansas City; Jeff Day, Omaha-based principal, Min | Day; Robert Duncan, contemporary art collector and chairman emeritus, Duncan Aviation; Gina Ford, principal, Sasaki Associates; and Adam Price, executive director, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. An open house showcasing the five design proposals was held at KANEKO Jan. 21-24.

Project updates will be provided as plans for the green space are finalized and construction begins. For more information, contact Omaha by Design at 402.554.4010 or info@omahabydesign.org.

 

jan. 21 open house to showcase proposals from finalist teams

The public will be able to view the proposals of the five Green in the City finalist teams at an open house set for Tuesday, Jan. 21. The event will be held at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St., from 5:30 to 7:00pm. Following the event, the proposals will be on display at KANEKO through Friday, Jan. 24, from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Green in the City, launched in September, is a national design competition to create an innovative urban community space in downtown Omaha. The site is adjacent to two projects under development in the 10th and Pacific block – the new home of the BLUEBARN Theatre and Boxcar 10, a mixed use building with a small parking area.

Min l Day, an architectural partnership with offices in Omaha and San Francisco, is designing the BLUEBARN Theatre and Boxcar 10 projects. Omaha philanthropist Nancy Mammel, the developer of Boxcar 10, has donated the land for the theatre and green space and is providing the lead gift for the Green in the City competition. Once the Green in the City project is complete, the BLUEBARN Theatre will assume ownership of the open space and will be responsible for its maintenance.

The five finalist teams are:

  • DeOld Andersen Architecture (Omaha) and Project for Public Spaces (NYC)
  • Design With Company (Chicago)
  • Design Workshop (Aspen)
  • Dlandstudio (Brooklyn)
  • El Dorado Inc. (Kansas City).

The finalist teams will be interviewed by a jury of five landscape, art and design professionals, and the winning design team will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information, contact Omaha by Design at 402.554.4010 or info@omahabydesign.org.

the finalists

Five design teams have been selected as finalists in Omaha’s Green in the City competition. They are:

“We had more than 50 applications from across the country, and our jury was impressed with the quality and diversity of the applicant pool,” said Connie Spellman, director of Omaha by Design and Green in the City project manager.

The competition, which launched Sept. 16 with an open call Request for Qualifications, will transform an urban parcel into an innovative urban community space. The site is adjacent to two projects under development in the 10th and Pacific block of downtown Omaha – the new home of the BLUEBARN Theatre and Boxcar 10, a mixed use building with a small parking area. The theatre will include an outdoor performance and audience area that opens onto and extends into the Green in the City site.

Min l Day, an architectural partnership with offices in Omaha and San Francisco, is designing the BLUEBARN Theatre and Boxcar 10 projects. Omaha philanthropist Nancy Mammel, who is developing Boxcar 10, has donated the land for the theatre and green space and is providing the lead gift for the Green in the City competition. Once the Green in the City project is complete, the BLUEBARN Theatre will assume ownership of the open space and will be responsible for its maintenance.

The five finalists now enter the conceptual design competition phase and will attend a presentation/interview with the jury in Omaha Jan. 20-21. Finalist design submissions will be reviewed by the jury, and a grand prize in the form of a design commission will be awarded to the winning design team.

For more information, contact Omaha by Design at 402.554.4010 or info@omahabydesign.org. You can also follow Green in the City on Facebook at http://facebook.com/greeninthecity and Twitter at http://twitter.com/GreenintheCity1.

the project

Welcome to Green in the City, a national design competition to create an innovative urban community space in downtown Omaha, Neb.

site diagramThe 104’ x 72’ project site is adjacent to two projects under development in the 10th and Pacific block of downtown Omaha – the new home of the BLUEBARN Theatre and Boxcar 10, a mixed use building with a small parking area. The theatre will include an outdoor performance and audience area that opens onto and extends into the Green in the City site.

Min l Day, an architectural partnership with offices in Omaha and San Francisco, has been hired to design the BLUEBARN Theatre and Boxcar 10 projects. Omaha philanthropist Nancy Mammel, who is developing Boxcar 10, has donated the land for the theatre and green space and is providing the lead gift for the Green in the City competition. Once the Green in the City project is complete, the BLUEBARN Theatre will assume ownership of the open space and will be responsible for its maintenance.

Omaha by Design is serving as the Green in the City project manager, and the Nebraska Arts Council is facilitating the competition process.

The two-phase design competition begins with an open call Request for Qualifications, followed by a selection of finalists. Finalists will be invited to enter a conceptual design competition phase and attend a presentation/interview with the jury. Those interested in submitting their qualifications should apply via SlideRoom, an online application submission system, at https://nebraska.slideroom.com. The deadline to apply is midnight Tuesday, Oct. 15 (Central Time). Applicants will have the opportunity to ask Omaha by Design questions about the project until Saturday, Oct. 5. Questions should be directed to info@omahabydesign.org. Please do not contact the jury panel directly when inquiring about the project.

Finalist design submissions will be reviewed by the jury, and a grand prize in the form of a design commission will be awarded to the winning designer/team. A project budget of $200,000 has been established to include construction costs and design team fees.

Project updates will be posted on Facebook at http://facebook.com/greeninthecity and Twitter at http://twitter.com/GreenintheCity1. For more information, contact Omaha by Design at 402.554.4010 or info@omahabydesign.org.

the jurors

  • Porter Arneill, director/public art administrator, City of Kansas City
  • Jeff Day, Omaha-based principal, Min | Day
  • Robert Duncan, chairman emeritus, Duncan Aviation, contemporary art collector
  • Gina Ford, principal, Sasaki Associates
  • Adam Price, executive director, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

 

the timeline

Competition Timeline
Note: Omaha by Design reserves the right to modify the timeline and process as necessary to meet project objectives.

Sept. 16, 2013
RFQ open call announcement

Oct. 5, 2013
Question period ends

Oct. 15, 2013
RFQ submission deadline (Midnight CT)

Nov. 12, 2013
Finalists selection announcement (finalist phase information and requirements provided to finalists)

January 2014
Finalist presentations/interviews

February 2014
Design award announcement

Design/Build Project Timeline

February through June 2014
Selected designer/design team contracted and design process completed through permit submission

Spring/Summer 2014
BLUEBARN Theatre breaks ground

Summer 2015
Green in the City project completion expected

the neighborhood

From the KM3TV/Bostwick-Frohardt Photograph Collection at The Durham Museum.

From the KM3TV/Bostwick-Frohardt Photograph Collection at The Durham Museum.

The project site is located in Omaha’s Little Italy/Near South Side neighborhood. It was once home to a streetcar line, a young Fred Astaire and a burgeoning Italian immigrant population. Local residents shopped at the corner drug, worshipped in ornate cathedrals and stayed in touch with their neighbors via front-porch chats. The S. 10th Street corridor, bordered by the Old Market on the north and Henry Doorly Zoo on the south, is a key component of the neighborhood. It is designated as an Area of Civic Importance in the Urban Design Element of Omaha’s master plan.

A 2006 Place Definition exercise conducted by Omaha by Design with local stakeholders revealed an interest in honoring the past, meeting neighborhood need and attracting visitors from throughout the city, the region and beyond:

“The S. 10th Street corridor should derive inspiration from its historic past while consciously scanning the horizon for potential changes that will keep its collective heart beating – in terms of both the people and the places that populate it. The past, present and future can and should live comfortably side by side.”

10th and pacific adIn recent years, new developments like Dunsany Flats and the CO2 Project, along with KETV Channel 7’s recently announced plans to transform the historic Burlington Station into a state-of-the-art media facility, have fueled a renewed interest in the neighborhood’s potential.

community input

The local community is energized by the planned development of the 10th and Pacific block in downtown Omaha. A stakeholder committee has been formed to help guide the Green in the City project development process, and a Place Game workshop was held with neighborhood residents.

Stakeholder Committee

  • Ethan Bondelid, House of Loom
  • Susan Clement-Toberer, BLUEBARN Theatre
  • Jeff Day, Min | Day
  • Mary Heng-Braun, philanthropy consultant
  • JD Hutton, Nebraska Arts Council
  • Nancy Mammel, Omaha philanthropist and lead project funder
  • Syl Orsi, Dunsany Flats
  • Ariel Roblin, KETV Channel 7
  • Connie Spellman, Omaha by Design
  • Suzanne Wise, Nebraska Arts Council

Place Game Workshop

The Place Game workshop is an organized way of brainstorming potential improvements to public spaces by listening to the people who use them. It was created by the Project for Public Spaces (PPS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Founded in 1975, PPS embraces the insights of William (Holly) White, a pioneer in understanding the way people use public spaces.

pg 9Omaha by Design conducted a Green in the City Place Game workshop Sept. 5, 2013, at the House of Loom. Workshop participants value the site’s history, proximity to the Old Market and Missouri River, and views of the city skyline. Concerns focused on three areas – noise from truck traffic and proximity to the postal annex, exposure to sun and wind, and pedestrian obstacles.

In terms of the Place Game’s four criteria, workshop participants ranked the site’s access/linkage as its highest asset with an average score of 2.6, followed by uses/activities with an average score of 2.0 and comfort/image with an average score of 1.9. Sociability was ranked the lowest with an average score of 1.7. (On a scale of 1 to 5, 1 is strongly disagree, 5 is strongly agree.)

Ideas for improving the site ranged from building an observation tower to creating a maze to transforming it into a sculpture park. Click here to access the full report.