Relationship Building

Happy New Year –  we have so many reasons to celebrate the new year, as BVH has great optimism for SUBSTANTIAL and REAL growth this year. Not that we haven’t had REAL growth in previous years, but we all have different ways of defining ‘growth’, and at BVH, we have been very careful to properly define how we want grow. BVH’s growth is not solely in the number of people we have on staff, or the amount of revenue we bring in. We view those numbers as being the result of our attention to some fundamental growths:

  • A growth in the quality of the work we perform for our clients.
  • A growth in the quality of service and the attention we provide to the users and benefactors of the architecture we design.
  • A growth in the satisfaction of our clients, and the reputation we gain from that.
  • A growth in our pride.

BVH started in 1968 with two guys and a goal to ‘do’ great architecture and please their clients. While we have added a few people and a second studio since then, the true growth has been in our commitment to quality of design, and in our clients’ appreciation for the services and architecture we have provided.

Our breadth of project sizes, types, and unique needs also continues to grow, and 2014 provides us with more exciting challenges to help solve. While continuously growing our core markets in schools, religious structures, universities, government entities, housing, and urban infill, we are additionally expanding our services to buildings for the arts, urban campuses, and corporate buildings.

However, in this New Year, the growth that brings us the most excitement and holds the most meaning, is the new relationships yet to be formed. Relationships with the people and communities who will utilize our buildings and be affected by the quality of the spaces we create.

Our focus is to help build relationships:

  • Relationships that encourage pride in our community.
  • Relationships that support students in their learning.
  • Relationships that foster devotion between individuals and their God and fellow congregants.
  • Relationships that create inspiration and appreciation for art and performance.
  • Relationships that strengthen the quality of historic properties through preservation or adaptation.

This is the growth we embrace most – relationships.

Because without strong relationships, the architecture cannot serve. It cannot inspire.

2014 will be a year that provides BVH with opportunities to grow in areas that allow us to create architecture that serves and inspires for our clients and communities. What more could we ask for in a year?

Let’s build a relationship. We want to know you in 2014.

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Welcome to BVH’s updated website.  This site reflects the dedication BVH has to sharing our belief that we provide Architecture that serves and inspires. We do this through dedication to Design.

The BVH studio is committed to providing our clients and our communities the best quality Design service possible. We define Design as the process of identifying problems and creating great solutions that bring inspiration to all associated with a project.  Serving and inspiring our clients as well as building users and the community in which it resides.

For over 45 years, BVH has integrated innovation, creativity, and sustainability into our work – we are proud of the fact that good design means responsibility – to our clients and our communities, to our earthly resources as well as our clients’ financial resources. We take pride in the process of Design that integrates the combined knowledge of our designers, engineering consultants, artisans, and the owner’s team along with current technologies as well as the core craft of drawing, model building, and sketching.

We strive to keep up with building technology systems, market forces on costs and quality, and making sure what is drawn gets built in accordance with our standards of quality.  This service is best supported by our belief in continuity of our team leadership  – involved from beginning to end of every project.

It all adds up to architecture that serves and inspires.  We hope this site reflects just that.

Paul Jeffrey AIA, for the BVH Board of Directors

Inspiring Restoration

Throughout my career, I’ve been working on restoration deals throughout the country. Initially, managing crews of ex-cons, chipping mortar from historic brick; and more recently working to design and re-develop historic structures back into contributing members of our built environment. It’s worth noting that most of the projects I’ve worked on throughout the years incorporated a state historic tax credit in addition to the federal credit noted above – vastly increasing the incentive to preserve.

The National Park Service administers a federal program that encourages the restoration of privately owned historic structures by offering tax credits for these restoration efforts.

At BVH we’ve been working with various groups to encourage the Nebraska State Legislature to approve state credit legislation (LB 191), the little brother to the federal credit that’s been in place for decades. Many states, including all those neighboring Nebraska (with the exception of the ones that don’t have a state income tax) currently have a State Historic Tax Credit program offering 20-25% of the hard costs of a restoration project as a tax credit (that, not incidentally, can be sold on the open market).

I can’t tell you exactly how this proposed legislation will play out; but, I do know that I ‘ve witnessed firsthand how historic tax credits create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, and most importantly, in my opinion, save endangered historic structures. That’s a good thing right? Right!

Restoring buildings is fun, making residential lofts out of historic warehouses is a dream job, if it weren’t for historic tax credits I wouldn’t get to do it nearly as often as I would like. Our offices are in restored historic structures, both in Lincoln and Omaha – they are great buildings that have been beautifully restored (by BVH of course!) – encouraging private developers and property owners like our landlords to continue to invest in these properties helps preserve the historic culture of our cities and promotes economic development in the areas that need it the most.

State Senator Nordquist designated LB 191 as his personal priority bill.  That means it will rise, along with the other approximately 100 priority bills, to the top of the agenda for debate by the full body on General File.  With 655 bills introduced, that is a big advantage.

So for now, the credit program is crawling its way through the state legislature; it looks like a vote may be forthcoming in January; in the meantime, if you have the opportunity to touch base with your State Senator to let them know of your support of the bill, please do so! If you need additional info, drop me a line…