Omaha firm competes to design South O green space

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Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2013 12:00 am

An Omaha firm is among the finalists for a national contest seeking the most ingenious way to transform a community green space south of downtown Omaha.

DeOld Andersen Architecture of Omaha and partner Project for Public Spaces of New York City is among the five design teams whittled from among more than 50 applicants in Omaha’s "Green in the City" competition.

The winner will get $200,000 to turn an urban parcel near 10th and Pacific Streets into a space for the public to enjoy. The parcel is adjacent to two developing projects: the future home of the Blue Barn Theatre, and the planned five-story Boxcar 10 condo and retail building.

The theater will include an outdoor performance and audience area that opens onto and extends into the Green in the City site.

"Our jury was impressed with the quality and diversity of the applicant pool," said Connie Spellman, director of Omaha by Design and the contest project manager.

Min l Day, an architectural partnership with offices in Omaha and San Francisco, is designing the Blue Barn and Boxcar 10 projects. Omaha philanthropist Nancy Mammel, who is developing Boxcar 10, has donated the land for the theater and green space and is providing the lead prize for the competition.

The five finalists now enter the conceptual design phase and will present their visions in January to an Omaha panel, said Connie Spellman of Omaha By Design, the project manager for the contest. The space ultimately will become Blue Barn’s to maintain and manage.

Other finalists are: Design With Company of Chicago; Design Workshop of Aspen, Colo.; dlandstudio of Brooklyn and el dorado of Kansas City.

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