JEAN VACHA

Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture

SAY IT LOUD - Nebraska  Exhibitor

Nebraska Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Thankful clients, especially when working with non-profits. I am also inspired by the challenge to create beautiful spaces for a variety of end users while being sensitive to the budget.

JEAN VACHA

Bio:

As one of APMA’s most technically skilled designers, Jean’s detail-oriented approach makes her a valuable asset on some of the most challenging projects, including the new Papillion Landing Community & Recreation Center, and the design of an orphanage in Ethiopia. An expert in Revit and AutoCAD, Jean takes a solution focused approach to each assignment to ensure projects are delivered promptly and on budget. Her authenticity and focus on details have made her a trusted leader within the firm.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

I signed up for CAD drafting in high school after being intrigued by the room’s technology, includ- ing a large format printer, drafting boards and computers with CAD. My teacher further encour- aged me, solidifying my pursuit of architecture.

 

What do you do?

Before buildings become buildings, they are puz- zles. As Project Architect, I work with the various A/E disciplines to understand how all the pieces fit , translate that into technically complete con- struction documents while maintaining design intent.

What excites you in the work you do?

With The Landing, I was excited to work on a building connected to athletics since I have always been passionate about using sports to en- gage family, friends and community. Also, when- ever a project assists the community, I am eager to be involved.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Thankful clients, especially when working with non-profits. I am also inspired by the challenge to create beautiful spaces for a variety of end users while being sensitive to the budget.

 

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Most recently, tackling the complex feature stair and detailing the intricacies of interior woodwork at UNL’s College of Business. Led by a senior fe- male PA, this project elevated my confidence and prepared me to be lead PA on The Landing.

Featured Project Name: 

Papillion Landing

 

Featured Project Location: 

Papillion, NE

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

December 2019

Role in Featured Project: 

Project Architect

 

Featured Project Description:

Papillion’s new community recreation center and field house is a two-building complex that includes an indoor training facility/field house and modern community recreation facility. The buildings provide a variety of spaces, including 4 gyms, aquatics area, locker rooms, fitness rooms, and a 200-meter indoor track. Community spaces include youth and senior centers, 4 multi-purpose classrooms, large lobby lounge, outdoor events space, indoor children’s play area, and administration spaces.

Photography Credit:

Dana Damewood

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