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Firm Overview

BVH Architecture is a purpose-driven design practice committed to an immersive and collaborative creative process. We seek to create architecture that enhances and inspires the community in which it serves. BVH Architecture has engaged in the design and preservation of our built environment through the practices of architectural design, interior architecture, and planning since 1968. Our studio locations in Lincoln and Omaha are home to multi-disciplinary design staff bent on making the world better by designing exceptional places to live, work, learn, worship, and play. We employ the same creative and collaborative approach in our design studios as we do in our projects. We utilize an open and energetic environment which allows a unique approach to projects with the collective knowledge of everyone in the studio, and we encourage our clients and the community to engage with us in our design pursuits. At the core of our design practice lies the desire to do more with built environments than meet minimum requirements. Our vision as designers is to transform lives by creating places that contribute to the vitality of communities. We believe in making the world better by design.

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The Philosophy of Design. We act on our belief that architecture is rich with optimism, and it’s with this prevailing attitude that we approach our projects. The foundation of our optimism lies in our desire to inspire people and create places that contribute to the vitality of communities. We work to make the world better by design. A COMMITMENT TO PEOPLE

We believe that design is for people. As architects and designers, we are uniquely positioned to support communities through our activism for quality in the design of the built environment. We place public participation at the forefront of our interaction through an authentic, collaborative process to promote meaningful dialogue. THE PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE

We draw inspiration from immersive research and investigation. This heightened pursuit of knowledge results in projects that better response to the particular time and place in which they are built. We are not interested in stylistic architecture, but rather architecture authentically distinguished of its time.

A SENSE OF WONDER

Design excellence combines function, economy, performance and beauty. When these converge, our projects have the chance to inspire, creating a sense of wonder. Careful listening coupled with an intentional embrace of the ‘do more with less’ mantra allows us to effectively and efficiently surpass our clients’ needs. 4/


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The Process of Design. We take our responsibility as designers of the built environment very seriously. Backed by a conviction to design better buildings, we utilize a simple but powerful collaborative process to guide each project to completion.

INQUIRY Our process begins with rigorous inquiry and careful listening to understand your project, goals, challenges and opportunities. We dig deep into each project, looking for patterns and insights that provide context to solve your design problem. We challenge easy answers, and rely on proven data to guide insights and intuition. We also collaborate heavily at this stage with our clients to ensure we’re seeing the problem from every angle. EXPLORATION This phase of the process leverages the knowledge gained through research, creating solutions to test and scrutinize through the lens of the project’s goals. As a result, your project rightly responds to the specifics of site, place, material and time. We utilize our expertise in performance-based design to test the developing concepts. The intent of this iterative process is to utilize research and real data to narrow our focus onto a single solution. RESOLUTION Here, the design comes to life. Our process of inquiry and exploration culminates in a unique design suited perfectly to your project, responding to each need and opportunity to create the best solution possible. We carry the design from inception to completion, through each phase of design and documenation and finally to construction and post-occupancy, to ensure everything is done right. /5


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Third City Christian Church Location/

Grand Island, NE Year/

2016 Size/

9,600 sf Addition Cost/

$3 Million

Located in Grand Island, NE, the Third City Christian Church Plaza Addition is a 9,600 sf addition to the existing worship and youth ministry facility. Both existing and new construction employ a pre-engineered building system. The Plaza serves as an intimate venue for church services, concerts, and fellowship gatherings, creating a link between the existing facility and a future worship facility. Key program amenities include a raised performing area, mezzanine, youth ministry check-in accommodations, and coffee shop. Considering the program, the challenge was apparent:

How do you make a pre-engineered building more than just a metal building? Third City Christian Church celebrates transparency and openness as a means for building community and a deeper relationship with God. The plaza addition is a physical manifestation of this celebration. Formally, the Plaza uses simple geometry as a hierarchical expression of the community within. One of the primary goals of the project was blur the line between interior and exterior. A large glass wall allows visual transparency from exterior to interior promoting openness and vulnerability. The Plaza uses knotty cedar siding adding a warm contrast to the primary building materials of steel and concrete. Exterior materials continue through the facade to the interior of the building reinforcing connectedness from interior to exterior. Complementing the rhythm of the wood siding, a custom designed baffle ceiling system juxtaposes wood with humble acoustical panels, providing sufficient acoustical treatment for the facility. /7


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The plaza addition is a physical manifestation of Third City’s celebration of transparency and openness as a means of building community and a deeper relationship with God.

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Lifegate Church West Dodge Location/

Omaha, NE Year/

2016 Size/

19,000 sf Cost/

$7.1 Million

Lifegate is an interactive and inclusive church community in Omaha that desired an environment reflective of them, their teachings and the people they serve. After working with the Lifegate team to conduct workshops, interviews and a full assessment of programs offered, BVH produced a design representative of the church’s themes of interconnectedness, exploration, life-sharing and inclusiveness. The result is an open, non-compartmentalized design with spatial variety. The project scope included a complete interior overhaul, exterior retrofit, new cross and tower and a reworked entrance. The building’s new lobby and gallery, as well as a stairwell addition, feature glass elements symbolic of Lifegate’s connection with the community, while showcasing the church’s dynamism. A new worship space seating 1,350 was also added, complete with angled walls and ceiling/wall paneling for enhanced acoustics. This space was designed with the flexibility to adapt to sacred, more intimate gatherings, as well as highly attended public programs.

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Lincoln Berean Church Location/

Lincoln, NE Year/

2005 Size/

117,000 sf Addition Cost/

$10.6 Million

As part of the first phase of an expansion master plan developed for the Lincoln Berean Church, BVH designed a youth complex to accommodate the congregation’s 500+ college students and to provide shell space for future classrooms and a youth cafÊ. The multipurpose space, housing the students, was designed to allow for praise and worship, small group activities, and functions as a gymnasium. Immediately following construction of the youth complex, BVH designed the new state-of-the-art 3,500 seat auditorium for the church. The 117,000 sf addition houses an auditorium with 2,500 floor and stadium seats, with a 1,000 seat balcony. Worship and arts ministry space includes rehearsal spaces and offices. New entrances and lobbies with welcome and information centers connect the addition to the existing facility. To enhance the worship experience and create a comfortable environment for visitors, stadium seating is utilized to position worshipers closer to the stage. The stadium seating allows the auditorium addition to connect to multiple floors of the existing building and aids in pedestrian traffic flow. In order to be good stewards of the building funds, the addition was designed to meet aggressive budget considerations. Masonry and glass were used on the building exterior to provide a strong visual impact. Plans for future additions are considered in all areas of the design, including mechanical and electrical, structural and architectural. / 17


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“I had the privilege of working closely with the BVH team during our master planning process, as well as the design and construction of two facilities. It would be difficult for me to imagine having gone through this process without Dennis and BVH.” JEFF PETERSEN, DIRECTIONAL PASTOR 18 /


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Citylight Church Location/

Omaha, NE Year/

2018 Size/

70,648 sf Cost/

$3 Million

Having outgrown their current location, Citylight Church sought a new location in which to plant their next church— an abandoned grocery store in Oakview Plaza. After an initial feasbility study determined they could not purchase and renovate the entire structure, BVH worked with key Citylight leaders to develop a phased plan which would not only allow for the desired worship experience and spiritual growth of the current body, but provide for future flexibility and growth in children and teen ministries, offices, and group meeting spaces. Phase 1, currently under construction, will provide a fully equipped worship space, fellowship area, office area, and branded children’s ministry area. Phase 2 will double the children’s ministry area, provide a designated teen ministry area, and expand intimate fellowship and gathering spaces. The master plan also provides for an addition to the east side of the building as needed to aid in accommodating congregational growth and programmatic needs.

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Renovating an unused grocery store rather than building new allowed the church to steward its resources well while helping to rebuild and serve an important part of Omaha. As a result, Citylight is in the midst of the very people they seek to serve.

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