The new St. Matthew the Evangelist Catholic Church on South 36th Street in Bellevue, Nebraska was completed in the fall. Originally, the Cardinal Spellman School site, which is adjacent to the Church, was opened in 1963. The Saint Matthew Parish was established in 1996 and in 1998 a gymnasium was added to the school designed by our firm, which served as the temporary location for St. Matthew Catholic church services. Mass has been held in the gymnasium for the past 22 years. Parishioners are very excited to have a beautiful new place of worship to call home.

St. Matthew’s Church seats 700-800 people. The design was based on a fan shaped catholic church with glu-laminated wood trusses supported by four custom painted stone columns, two stained glass rose windows, and a baptismal font located at the rear of the church between the entry doors to the Nave. The Baptismal Font has recirculating water which is cleansed using a UV light system and drained into a French Drain thus allowing the holy water to go back into the earth.

The clerestory above the Nave has six, 6’x 6’ stained glass windows which provide natural defused light into the worship space. Custom bronze Stations of The Cross are set in highlighted niches equally distributed on the side walls of the Nave between large vertical stained glass windows that depict different Saints.

St. Matthew also houses an intimate Chapel located behind the Sanctuary. The Chapel can be seen from the Nave through a wall of glass behind the Sanctuary. Hanging from the glu-laminated truss above the Altar is a custom crafted bronze crucifix mounted on a rustic cherry cross which compliments the Altar furnishings.

The Lower Level of St. Matthew is the new location for the Parish Offices. In the near future, it will also be home to the Parish Fellowship Hall and full serving Kitchen, as well as three Conference Rooms and Restrooms. The Fellowship Hall can also be separated into individual classrooms for religious education or meeting rooms.

St. Matthew’s Church is unique in that it is not constructed of typical building materials. The exterior walls are Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF walls). They are brought to the site as 4' x 16” high insulated panels that are stacked together to form a wall. The forms consists of an interior and exterior layer of 2 5/8” thick insulation making the entire building highly well insulated. After the forms are in place, concrete is poured between the layers of insulation, thus creating a strong, highly insulated wall. Drywall, EIFS and brick are easily attached as finishes for the interior and exterior of the Church.

St. Matthew the Evangelist Catholic Church is a unique facility that will warm the hearts of all who attend for years to come.
Church Exterior
Cheryl Kiel, JJA Project Architect, presenting the drawings to the Archbishop at the Dedication Ceremony
Church Interior
Baptismal Font
Sanctuary Area with Chapel beyond
East Elevation-Masonry Veneer Installation between Classroom Wings
North Elevation-Student Drop-off Entry
Facility Tour Nebraska-Iowa A4LE Chapter
Elkhorn Public Schools new Middle School North Ridge will be ready for students in the fall of 2021.

Elkhorn Public Schools, Jackson – Jackson and Associates, Inc.’s Design Team and Prairie Construction hosted the Nebraska-Iowa A4LE Chapter for a tour of the new facility on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.
JJA’s Design Team worked with the District to design the 153,588 sq.ft. building to accommodate 900 students, grades sixth through eighth, in two, two-story academic classroom wings. Each grade level has their own wing to create a neighborhood pod. The fourth wing, located on the main level is the Storm Shelter for the entire school and houses the special classes including Art, World Language, High Ability Learner Education (HALE), Life Skills, Health, Food Science, and Industrial Tech. Building support spaces include a central Commons, Media Center, full-service Kitchen, two Gymnasiums, Multi-Purpose/Wrestling, Locker Rooms, Band, Chorus, and Administrative Areas.
The Musical and Assembly Spaces have been acoustically designed to accommodate the needs of each learning environment, and zoned for ease of accessibility to all areas of the school from centralized spaces.
The Media Center is located above the Administration Area and is easily accessible from the second floor 6th and 7th grade neighborhood pods. The Media Center has views to the exterior, main entry corridor and commons.
JJA Receives Design Award - American School & University
Outstanding Design: Elementary School
Jackson-Jackson & Associates design of the Omaha Public School, Gifford Park Elementary School was selected for Outstanding Design by American School & University 2020 Architectural Portfolio publication. This award reaffirms our efforts to strive for sustainable design excellence. JJA is excited about being recognized as one of the best in school design. We appreciate all the team members involved in this project. The school is located at 717 North 32nd Street, Omaha, NE.
Jack H. Jackson, AIA
 Recognized for 50 Years of Leadership
Jack H. Jackson Recognized by AIA Nebraska
Jack was recognized in the AIA Newsletter for his 50 years of architectural leadership in the profession at JJA. The article appeared as follows: Jack's work experience the past 50 years has included programming, design and project management of many varied types of projects, including educational, healthcare, banks, commercial, industrial, religious, multi-family housing, broadcasting and building restoration. These best represent building types that match the JJA mission statement, "To provide sustainable architecture that contributes to the human well being."
Cheryl Kiel and Anika McFarland visited Omaha Fire Stations to gather data, take measurements, look at existing layouts and get other pertinent information that will be analyzed to complete the renovations to three Omaha Fire Stations #24, #30 & #61.
Nolan Stevens meets virtually with some consultants to discuss the status of a job. Zoom Meetings have become a constant as a means to communicate with team members and navigate job progress, while establishing social distancing during the COVID pandemic.
Omaha Public Schools-North High School
Capital Improvements & Renovation
Omaha Public Schools-Northwest High School
Capital Improvements & Renovation
Omaha Public Schools - New Elementary School 10th & Pine Street
Wayne State College
Indoor Practice Facility
Blair High School
Industrial Tech. Renovation
Blair High School
Press Box Renovation
Cornerstone Branch Bank
Geneva, Nebraska
  • Elkhorn Public Schools (EPS) (Elkhorn, Nebraska) - Middle School #5 - New School; Central Office/Administration Building Renovations; Elkhorn High School, Elkhorn Middle School, West Ridge Elementary School Capital Improvements
  • Omaha Fire Department - Station #24, #30, #61 Renovations
  • Omaha Public Schools (OPS) - North High School - Capital Improvements/Renovations; Northwest High School - Capital Improvements/Renovations; New Elementary School - 10th & Pine Street
  • Wayne State College (WSC) (Wayne, Nebraska) - Peterson Fine Arts - Building Addition & Interior Remodeling (Design Phase); Morey Hall - Restroom Remodel Phase II
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) - Unit 1 Building Roof Replacement; Medical Sciences Building Roof Replacement
  • University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) City Campus Central Utility Plant - Boiler #6 Removal, Boiler #8 Installation and Building Restoration; Business Service Center Reroof; Hardin Hall Reroof
  • University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) Eppley Admin Building Reroofing; Alwine Hall Exterior Envelope Restoration
  • Mount Marty College (Yankton, South Dakota) Cimpl Arena Basketball Locker Room Renovations; Classroom Renovations
  • Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Housing Unit #5 Roof Replacement, Lincoln, Nebraska; Lincoln Correctional Center Exterior Restoration all Buildings
  • Blair Community Schools (Blair, Nebraska) - Krantz Field Main Entry, Restroom, Concessions and Storage Building; High School Industrial Tech Lab Renovation
  • Cornerstone Branch Bank Geneva (Geneva, Nebraska)
  • Neligh Mill (Neligh, Nebraska) - Reroof
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