The renovation work at S t. Philip Neri – Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in North Omaha has been completed. The renovation included the creation of a Narthex in back of the existing Nave as well as the addition of a new LULA elevator creating ADA access to the Parish Center located in the lower level of the Church. The new Narthex wall is a replication of the Sanctuary wall, which is tied to the existing walls with glu-laminated beams, thus creating an open ceiling effect. The main level also has a new Chapel located next to Sanctuary. To better accommodate parishioners, two ADA restrooms have been added. One is available on the main level and the second can be found on the lower level adjacent to the existing restrooms.
The Parish Center has been completely remodeled and enlarged as the result of the removal of an existing stage. The previous stage area is now separated from the dining room with a folding partition, which provides space for a private conference room. The renovated Parish Center has new carpet, paint, ceilings, and lighting that produces a more comfortable and welcoming gathering space. The existing Kitchen adjacent to the Parish Center has been enlarged. As part of this work, the lower level has also been equipped with fire sprinklers and updated mechanical equipment.
St. Philip Neri - Blessed Sacrament is enjoying their renovated spaces and looks forward to years of fellowship in their updated spaces.
Church Nave
Narthex with New Elevator
Parish Center and Conference Area
Looking Northwest
Looking Southwest
Facility Exterior View
Wayne State College’s Carlson Natatorium has not been used for several years as a natatorium. Wayne State College decided to convert the existing natatorium into a new Indoor Athletic Complex. The complex will be used as a practice space for all sports that are offered by the college. The balcony area will provide space for coaches and assistant coaches offices, restrooms, and storage.

A netting system with two different types of netting and two different types of indoor synthetic grass are going to be utilized. Golf became the driving factor for the incorporation of two types of synthetic grass within the facility. For sports like football, baseball, and softball, a turf with a longer pile is more appropriate, while golf necessitates the use of a shorter pile. By coordinating with the college athletic department on the various areas to be used by each sport, we developed a design solution that would accommodate the proposed functions.

The pool in the building will be left in place. In order to create a structurally sound floor for the new activities, we will use engineered structural foam to fill this void.

The Indoor Athletic Complex Project was recently awarded to the apparent low bidder and the remodeling will likely start later this month. We look forward to working with the contractor on this very important project for WSC, so that the campus can take advantage of this underutilized building and the college teams will have more space to cultivate their talents.
Anika McFarland Receives Artist Award
Anika McFarland, JJA Architectural Associate, has been a featured artist for her drawings and photographs at the Camelback Gallery. She was recently awarded "Finalist" "Artist Choice III" in the International Juried Photography Competition with her photo titled "Raven".
Employees Recognized for Years of Service
Gail Craig - 30 Years
Dick Humlicek - 10 Years
Nolan Stevens assist a member of the Elkhorn School District in using Virtual Reality equipment. This cutting edge technology allows clients to see beyond the drawings, to virtually walk through and visualize the project before it is built.
Anika McFarland and April Kick attended the National Construction Specification Institute Convention in Washington, DC., partaking in seminars and hands-on experiences. April serves as CSI future President and Anika as Secretary.
Lanes Light Gala
Lane Thomas Foundation

JJA was a sponsor and attended the Lanes Light Gala for the Lane Thomas Foundation. This organization was established to honor and remember Lane Thomas love of life and the light and hope he brought to the world. It supports families of children needing lifesaving organ transplants through financial assistance, education and research. The Gala raised funds to give "A Beacon of Hope, A Light of Love" to those who need it most.
Assistance League of Omaha
2019 Christmas Caravan

JJA supports the Assistance League of Omaha. This organization transforms the lives of children and adults by implementing and funding programs that serve the needs of the under served Omaha community. JJA was a sponsor for the annual Christmas Caravan Tour of Homes. This benefits' theme was "Gifts of Caring" which exemplifies the Assistance League of Omaha programs. Their "Operation School Bell" program helped clothed 3,800 children last Fall.
Midlands Business Journal
Eileen Korth

Eileen Korth, JJA Architect, was featured in the MBJ, Nov. 22, 2019, Architecture Special Section. Eileen gave her insight on the subject "Renovation, Reuse of Omaha Buildings a trend that isn't going away anytime soon". Eileen commented that building renovation speaks to many environmental causes including energy conservation and recycling. JJA architects often provide insight that assist other industries, to better serve the community.

Elkhorn Public Schools
New Middle School #5 - Progress Photo
St. Matthew Catholic Church
New Church - Progress Photo
Irvington Fire Station
New Fire Station
Mount Marty College
Cimpl Arena Locker Rooms
  • Elkhorn Public Schools (Elkhorn, Nebraska) - Middle School #5 - New School
  • Irvington Fire Station (Omaha, Nebraska) - New North Branch Fire Station Phase I
  • Omaha Public Schools (OPS) - New Elementary School - 10th & Pine Street
  • Omaha Public Schools (OPS) - Masters Elementary School - Classrooms Addition and Remodeling
  • Omaha Public Schools (OPS) - Edison Elementary School - Classrooms Addition and Remodeling
  • St. Matthew Catholic Church (Bellevue, Nebraska) - New Church
  • Wayne State College (WSC) (Wayne, Nebraska) - Peterson Fine Arts Building - Addition and Renovations; US Conn Library - South Terrace Canopy; Indoor Athletic Complex; Morey Hall - Restroom Remodel
  • University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) City Campus Central Utility Plant - Boiler #6 Removal, Boiler #8 Installation and Building Restoration; 501 Building Reroofing
  • University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) Durham Science Building Reroofing; Eppley Admin Building Reroofing; Rosken Hall/Alwine Hall Exterior Envelope
  • Mount Marty College (Yankton, South Dakota) - Cimpl Arena Basketball Locker Room Renovations; Roncalli Student Center Reroofing
  • Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (Tecumseh, Nebraska) -Cornhusker Industries Building Addition (N3), Tecumseh State Correctional Institution
  • Blair Community Schools (Blair, Nebraska) - Stadium Pressbox Replacement; Kranz Field Main Entry; High School Industrial Tech Lab Renovation
  • St. Francis Borgia (Blair, Nebraska) - Parish Office Remodel
  • Morman Pioneer Cemetery - Renovation
  • K & K Law Office - Remodel
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