Norton Commons Elementary School Awards and News

Norton Commons Elementary School has been honored with Louisville Business First’s “Best Public / Private Project” and is featured in the Spring Issue of Learning by Design Magazine. Thanks to all the good people that made this project possible! http://www.learningbydesign.biz/images/Spring2017/Project_PDFs/Early_Elementary/LBD_Spring17_57.pdf http://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/news/2017/02/10/announcing-2017-commercial-real-estate-champions.htmlRead more

VBNA selected to design SmART Stop Bus Stops

VBNA has been selected to design two bus stops for the SmART Stop program included in the Vision Russell Neighborhood Transformation Plan. The bus stops are to include Louisville/Russell Neighborhood history and art as well as including technology from TARC’s technology upgrade initiative. Community input is though discussions at Vision Russell events is being incorporated into the designs which will be constructed in Fall 2017. VBNA is partnering with Weber Design Group to fabricate the stops. Visit the Vision RussellRead more

Preservation Green Lab analyzing how older, smaller structures can build strong Louisville neighborhoods

We came across this interesting article about Preservation Green Lab’s Louisville research and the ongoing tension between development and preservation. VBNA has recently been involved with Louisville Visual Art and Art Sanctuary to re-purpose warehouse space into arts space for work, events, and education. We have always been involved with this work on projects as diverse as Water Tower Square in Jeffersonville and Hope Mills Building in Germantown to the Valley High School and EKU Library projects recently. Adaptive reuse isRead more

Modern Houses of Louisville

VBNA’s Crescent Hill House was recently featured in Steve Wiser’s new book “Modern Houses of Louisville”. It can be purchased at Steve’s site, wiserdesigns.com. “Steve has authored 3 house design books on Louisville.  These 3 books are based on the fact that Louisville consistently ranks high as one of the best places to live in America. It was named the top livable city in 2012, 2008, and several other years over the past few decades. To be a great place to live, thereRead more

Oxmoor Mazda demolishes showroom to make way for a new one

Out with the old, in with the new. You might have noticed recently that a good portion of the Oxmoor Mazda showroom, at 7913 Shelbyville Road, just east of Oxmoor Center, has been torn down. It’s not closing. Rather, the demolition has taken place to make way for an all-new showroom — which should be open by summer if everything goes as planned. It will be a brand new building, from top to bottom, said Bob Gunnell, who ownsBoxcar Strategies LLC, a publicRead more

Milne Home Opens

http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/community/sttammany/13233301-171/a-decade-later-milne-home To grasp the magnitude of destruction Hurricane Katrina brought upon southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, consider this: There remain people who desperately want to return home but continue to be displaced. For nearly 10 years, that has been the case for residents of the Milne Home. The original facility, in Gentilly, was home to 60 developmentally challenged people prior to the storm and levee failures. But like so many other people, they had to flee prior toRead more

VBNA selected to design Eastern Scholar House at EKU

VBNA is please to announce that it has been selected to the Eastern Scholar House at EKU. Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. is developing the project, working with EKU and Kentucky Housing Corporation. The Master Plan includes : The Early Learning Center is a licensed child development center that serves both the low income children, student & faculty children and is linked the College of Education as an incubator and hands on learning laboratory for its students. The Academic Service Center provide theRead more

Norton Commons Elementary School Breaks Ground

Voice Tribune interview with Principal-In-Charge, Patrick Blackburn AIA about the Norton Commons planning process: http://www.voice-tribune.com/featured-posts/norton-commons-school-breaks-ground/ It’s just walls right now, but construction on the new Norton Commons Elementary School has begun on schedule, and Patrick Blackburn, the principal architect on the project, says there have been no delays despite intense summer rains. Blackburn, who has twenty years’ experience designing private and public schools, says this one posed some unique challenges. The new school had to be integrated into the newRead more

Installation for Louisville Design Week/Design MRKT

VBNA was invited to design an installation for the Louisville Design Week/Design MRKT final party. The event brings together designers and other creative professionals for five days of events, workshops and speakers dedicated to celebrating and inspiring great design. Design Week is hosted by AIGA Louisville chapter, and also features events by local participating organizations throughout the week.Read more

Alexander Milne Home for Women nears completion

Our New Orleans partners on the Milne Home project have uploaded a fantastic aerial video of the construction progress. The Alexander Milne Home For Women is a residential facility for developmentally disabled women in which care, treatment, and community based services are provided 24-hours a day. Originally located in New Orleans, the Milne Home relocated operations to a 50-acre area in Waldheim, Louisiana and selected VBNA/Broadmoor Design Group to design its Intermediate Care Facility.  Read more

LEED Silver for UofL Imaging Suite!

UofL Imaging Suite, Health Science Campus Building 55B, has been awarded LEED Silver!  This achievement is unique in that it’s a LEED CI (Commercial Interiors) classification – the first at  UofL and is especially significant for a small and technically challenging project.  Thanks to everyone who made this possible: UofL Planning Planning Design & Construction Architects:Lord Aeck Sargent Architects Lord Aeck Sargent Architects Voelker Blackburn Niehoff Architects Structural: Senler Campbell MEP Staggs & Fisher Commissioning Agent Facility Commissioning Group Construction Messer ConstructionRead more

An Urban Vest Pocket Park in Portland

VBNA recently participated in a competition to design a park on a small abandoned lot in Portland. The N. 17th & Portland Pocket Park would transform the vacant lots at 609 N. 17th Street and 1655 & 1657 Portland Avenue into a green and welcoming natural area with seating, a drinking fountain, and a natural play area planted with native trees and plants. N. 17th & Portland will provide a place of relief from the urban environment. Elements would include:Read more

EKU Noel Studio featured in new book

The Learning Spaces Collaboratory has release a guide, “Planning for Assessing 21st Century Spaces for 21st Century Learners“, which features the Noel Studio at EKU among other innovative learning spaces. http://www.pkallsc.org/assets/files/LSCGuide-PlanningforAssessing.pdf http://studio.eku.edu/insidelook/noel-studio-featured-learning-space-guideRead more

Noel Reading Porch, EKU Crabbe Library

RICHMOND, Ky. – Forget the stereotype about libraries as dreary, musty places with no pizzazz or personality. Forget, too, about dimly lit corners and creaky old furniture. The John Grant Crabbe Main Library at Eastern Kentucky University broke that mold with the addition in 2004 of the Library Café and then in 2010 with the nationally innovative Ron and Sherrie Lou Noel Studio for Academic Creativity. Now, thanks to a new gift from the Noels, the Library will soon undergo anotherRead more

St. Bernadette Church is dedicated

Saint Bernadette Church has finished construction and a dedication mass was held in the new Sanctuary on April 21st. Thanks to everyone who helped make this project such a success. http://therecordarchlou.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/st-bernadette-church-is-dedicated/Read more

Valley High School wins Business First Award

Valley High School recently won the Education Category of the Business First Commercial Real Estate Awards. Congratulations to JCPS and all of our teammates who helped make this project such a success.   http://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/print-edition/2013/03/29/commercial-real-estate-awards-valley.htmlRead more

Kentucky State University – Rosenwald Center for Families and Children

KSU Center for Families and Children has received a LEED Silver rating from the USGBC. This is the first LEED building on the KSU campus and the first daycare in Kentucky to be certified. This new childcare facility was completed in August, 2012. Designed to compliment the sloping site, the building  steps down in two directions via interior & exterior ramps. The two wings surround and protect the outdoor play areas. The 15,000 s.f. facility has an administrative office area, six classrooms ranging from infants toRead more

Alexander Milne Home for Women

Voelker.Blackburn.Niehoff Architects has begun planning for of a new facility in St. Tammany Parish for the Alexander Milne Home for Women. 48 beds shall be licensed as Independent Care Facility for the Developmentally Disabled (ICF-DD). The Milne Home had been located in New Orleans since 1913 and was damaged beyond repair in Hurricane Katrina. The complex shall be designed with a non-institutional aesthetic. The site shall include multiple 4-bedroom homes that shall house no more than 4 women per home. 48 beds shall be licensedRead more