The JJA designed Gifford Park Elementary School opened for the first day of school on August 14 with 335 students.  The community campaigned for a new neighborhood school after Yates Elementary School closed 20 years ago. The principal and some of the parents were interviewed by two local television stations, expressing their excitement and appreciation for the new school. See one interview by clicking the following link:

The new 69,000 sq. ft., $12 million two-story building was constructed by Lueder Construction Company. This school is designed to accommodate 450 students from Pre-Kindergarten through 6 th grade. Neighborhood involvement in the early phases of design was key to the success of the project. This project was ready for school to open and constructed under budget.

A quality educational environment for students and staff was foremost in our design approach with safety as a prime concern in the design and construction of the building. Storm shelters are provided for all students and staff, access control is provided at all exterior doors by card devices. All building visitors must use the Main Entry and pass through the secured vestibule directly into the main office while school is in session. All classroom doors have intruder function locks that are operable from the inside of the classroom.
Main Entry
West Elevation
Walk-out Lower Level
Insulated Concrete Form Exterior Walls
Main Floor Structural System
Rendering of Completed Church
After 20 years of celebrating Mass in the School Gymnasium, St. Matthew the Evangelist Catholic Church is in the process of building a 700 seat Church. The new church facility will incorporate the Parish Office Suite, Fellowship Hall, Kitchen, Conference Rooms, and Storage in the lower level of the structure. The church will be located on-site south of the existing St. Matthew’s Elementary School on South 36 th Street in Bellevue, Nebraska. The structure is designed to work with the natural site contours and provide lower level “walk-out” on the west side of the building for ease of accessibility to the Fellowship Hall and Parish Offices.

Construction started in the Spring of 2019 and is scheduled to be substantially complete by May 15, 2020. JJA suggested the use of a non-conventional construction process to save construction costs and improve energy efficiency. In lieu of the typical concrete block and metal studs, the St. Matthew Building Committee agreed to use Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) for the exterior walls. The ICF Blocks are a stackable insulated form with 2 5/8” rigid insulation on each side with ties at 8” o.c. which supports vertical and horizontal reinforcing. After the ICF blocks have been stacked, concrete is placed in the center of the forms. This provides a resilient wall with a R-value of 26. Drywall can then be screwed directly to the ICF ties, which alleviates the need for additional furring. Masonry ties are available from the ICF manufacturer that allow for the installation of brick veneer. An EIFS system does not require added insulation. The finish coat can be directly applied to the ICF Blocks. Previous utility studies have shown substantial saving for both heating and cooling. This was another benefit St. Matthew considered before deciding to agree to use this system.

The interior framing is comprised of structural steel, metal deck, metal studs, and large glued-laminated roof trusses. These trusses provide the traditional church atmosphere, which was a priority for this congregation.

The St. Matthews Community is enthusiastically anticipating the opening of the long awaited Church Building. Their next Parish activity will incorporate the signing of a structural beam that will support the glu-lam roof structure.
The Irvington Volunteer Fire Department has been serving the northwest Omaha area since 1952. They have been operating out of the same fire station since the late 1950's. They approached Jackson-Jackson & Associates approximately seven years ago about designing a second fire station to help better serve the rural community north of Omaha. The fire department wanted to locate the new station in an unique private residential development of theirs, located off of 72nd Street and Northern Hills Drive. The development was platted to allow firefighters to construct their residences in the same neighborhood as the new station. Once the design was completed, fundraising needed to take place before construction could begin. 

The building was laid out to meet their current needs and budget, along with the ability to add additional space as the department grows. Although the building is located on 72nd Street, the department also wanted the station to blend in with the residential neighborhood aesthetics.

Phase I of the new facility includes three garage bays, two offices, a squad room, weight room and additional support spaces.   The department is also installing a large timber pavilion on the east side of the site for outdoor community events. The project is being constructed by Prairie Construction, with expected completion in early November 2019.

Phase II will complete unfinished areas such as common areas for training and more squad room space for the firefighters to gather between calls, and add more apparatus bays.
Rendering of Completed Project
West Elevation
Southeast Corner
JJA staff Eileen Korth, Anika McFarland & Nolan Stevens, attend Omaha Public Schools meeting for new 10th & Pine Street Elementary School.
Cheryl Kiel, Project Architect, reviews suggested samples with Church Committee Chairman, Tom Sammons, for St. Philip Neri Church renovation.
Midlands Business Journal
April Kick

April Kick, JJA Architect, was featured in the MBJ, June 14, 2019, Architecture Special Section. April gave her insight on the subject "Incorporating Nature and Recycled Materials in Designs Benefits Environment". April stated the use of recycled products not only reduces waste in landfills, but often reduces costs, and requires less maintenance as well. JJA architects often provide expertise on issues that assist other industries, to better serve the community.
Washington Co. Recycling
Center - Eileen Korth

WCRA is a non-profit organization dedicated to environment preservation, staffed solely by community volunteers. Eileen Korth and her family volunteered July 20. JJA recycles our paper material through the WCRA. The WCRA offers five $1,000 scholarships to eligible high school seniors, who have worked minimum 70 hours at the recycling center during their senior year.
Gail Craig

Omaha CureSearch held it's Superheroes Unite event to honor kids who beat cancer, are currently fighting cancer and those who lost their battle. Gail Craig and her son participated in this 14th year event as members of the "Joshua Jammers" team. Josh is a cancer survivor childhood friend. This years event raised over $51,00.00. CureSearch research vision is "to improve childhood cancer treatment and cures to deliver the potential for childhood cancer patients to lead long, healthy lives".
Wayne State College-US Conn Library
Terrace Canopy
Wayne State College
Indoor Practice Facility
Mt. Marty Cimple Arena
Interior Lobby
Blair Community High School
Kranz Field Press Box
  • 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 - Gifford Park Elementary
  • 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. Philip Neri (Omaha, Nebraska) - Blessed Sacrament Renovation
  • St. Matthew Catholic Church (Bellevue, Nebraska) - New Church
  • Wayne State College (WSC) (Wayne, Nebraska) - Peterson Fine Arts Building - Programming for Addition and Renovations; US Conn Library - South Terrace Canopy; Indoor Practice Facility
  • Beatrice State Development Center Bldg #4 (Beatrice, Nebraska) - Reroofing
  • Peru State College (PSC) (Peru, Nebraska) - Field House Phase II - Exterior Building Renovations and Site Improvements
  • University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) City Campus Central Utility Plant - Boiler #6 Removal, Boiler #8 Installation and Building Restoration; 501 Building Reroof
  • Mount Marty College (Yankton, South Dakota) - Cimpl Hall Exterior Restoration; Cimpl Hall Main Entry Renovations; 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
  • John G. Neihardt State Historic Site (Bancroft, Nebraska ) - Reroofing
  • Blair Community Schools (Blair, Nebraska) - Stadium Pressbox Replacement
  • Nebraska State Building Division (Geneva, Nebraska) Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center - Roof Replacement of 3 Dormitory Buildings
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