Omaha Commercial Architect

Omaha Commercial Architect

At Steven Ginn Architects, we handle a number of projects that are varied in nature. Whether the design is commercial, restaurant/hotel, educational, or religious, we take pride in our successes.

Designing Public Spaces

We love public spaces and have been privileged to work in many Omaha architecture and design projects. The art gallery at 10th and Bancroft is an adaptive reuse of a historic, utilitarian building in downtown Omaha. The original structure (made of masonry and wood) was built in 1895 as a neighborhood grocery store, but after more than 100 years of service to the local community the store closed and the building sat vacant for several years. Thankfully the building was eventually acquired with the purpose of conversion into an art studio. Our renovation consisted of exposing the original roof structure, expressing the steel columns, and removing a later-added linoleum floor to reveal the original wood planks. Sustainable-wise, the renovation improves the building’s thermal and moisture-control qualities, adds plentiful natural light to the building, and reconfigures the spatial planning to better suit its new use. The overall result is a simple, flexible space that retains its original beauty while meeting a very tight budget.

Architecture Design for Kids

KidStructure is an outdoor pavilion designed to “spark the imagination of the young and young at heart” for the Omaha Botanical Garden’s summer exhibition. The pavilion is flanked by rows of corn planted so that children can observe its growth on repeated visits over the course of the summer. Four illustrated panels in the pavilion’s main level document the lifecycle of corn, providing simple scientific explanations. Kids have views over the surrounding gardens from the top deck, while an overhead canopy of mesh screens patterned with abstracted corn stalks provides shade.

Religious Space Architecture

The parish of St. Isidore Catholic Church in Columbus, Nebraska decided to build a new 800-seat church adjacent to their existing school after worshiping in their “temporary” quarters for nearly forty years. The design of the church, both inside and out, draws upon the agrarian roots of the city of Columbus and Saint Isidore himself, who is the patron saint of the American farmer. The mandate from the client was that the furnishings should be timeless, dignified and uniquely appropriate to the church. Large pieces of mahogany taper to support the heavy stone table top, or mensa, and are strapped together with steel in a manner inspired by the heavy, crude furnishings of the middle ages.