Monday, September 23, 2013

EOP Wins Design Award from AIA Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky., September 20, 2013 — The AIA Kentucky announced winners of its design awards for 2013 at the annual Excellence in Architectural Design ceremony in Louisville. For the sixth consecutive year, EOP Architects took home an award.

This year's award recognizes EOP's design for the former Lexington Mall, dramatically changing it into the Richmond Road Campus of Southland Christian Church. 

Jury comments included, "Wow — a complete transformation of an unused eyesore."

Thursday, July 11, 2013

NBBJ + EOP Named Architect of Rupp Arena and Lexington Convention Center Renovations

July 10, 2013, LEXINGTON, KY – Today, Mayor of Lexington Jim Gray announced award-winning architecture firm NBBJ, in collaboration with Lexington-based EOP Architects, will design the new Rupp Arena and Lexington Convention Center projects.

Named after legendary University of Kentucky Men’s basketball coach Adolf Rupp, Rupp Arena has been home to University of Kentucky Wildcats Basketball for 40 years and is considered to be hallowed ground in collegiate basketball. The revamped Rupp Arena will feature expanded concourse spaces; a completely revitalized bowl with chair-back seats throughout; a new hospitality level with premium suite seating; a new center hung-scoreboard; and a host of other amenities that will preserve the authenticity of the original arena while providing a fresh experience for fans and team personnel.

“The reimagining of Rupp Arena and the Lexington Convention Center must be approached as one project,” said NBBJ Partner Robert Mankin. “Together they will become the commercial, sports, and entertainment destination that transforms Lexington. We are honored to work with the City of Lexington on this defining project.”

The overall seat count of 23,500 will remain after the renovation. In the next four months, the City of Lexington and the University of Kentucky will work with NBBJ + EOP to finalize the design concept, with groundbreaking scheduled for the fall of 2014. Once the project is underway, a phased construction schedule will allow the Wildcats to play basketball at Rupp during renovations.

Meantime, the renovation and expansion of Lexington Center will add approximately 100,000 square feet to the facility by doubling space for exhibitions, while adding a new ballroom and meeting room spaces. The design will eliminate existing inefficiencies that make it difficult for Rupp Arena and the Lexington Center to hold separate events at the same time. In both projects, the design seeks to create a more dynamic and transparent connection between the events taking place inside and the City of Lexington.

Read Herald-Leader article here. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

EOP Project Featured on Cover of Designer

LEXINGTON, Ky., June 14, 2013 — EOP Architects' renovation of Southland Christian Church is on the cover of Worship Facilities Designer magazine's Summer issue. EOP's Design Principal Rick Ekhoff discusses his philosophies on how design excellence applies to architecture.

Click here to read the article.

Monday, June 3, 2013

EOP's Team JIM Takes the Golden T-Square at Design Slam 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky., June 1, 2013 — Five teams from local architecture firms competed in the AIA East Kentucky Design Slam 2013 today, raising $7000 for Habitat for Humanity. Team JIM, composed of Josh Duddey, Ian McHone and Magda Wala — all of EOP Architects — took first place and the prize known as the Golden T-Square.

The slam, held at West Sixth Brewing Co., challenged the five teams to come up with a downtown trailhead at 137 West Main Street for the bike-and-walking path known as the Legacy Trail.

Each team had one hour to come up with a design — a process that might normally take six months. 

AIA East Kentucky President Daniel Ware commented, "None of the designs will get the OK. It's just for fun."

Click here to read the story in the Herald-Leader.  

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Friday, May 10, 2013

EOP Competing in AIA East Kentucky DESIGN SLAM!

Where can you go to support Habitat for Humanity, have a local micro brew, and watch Lexington architects battle it out? Design Slam!

Sponsored by the AIA East Kentucky Chapter + Fayette Alliance, Design Slam will pit five teams from local architecture firms against each other as they design a building for downtown one hour.

Each team is connected to a projector and projection screen which will display the progress of their work from start to finish. The audience will vote for their favorites, while Griffen Van Meter of Kentucky for Kentucky will MC.

Admission if free but there is a $5 requested donation. All proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity. Starting at 6:00pm, the event will be held on Saturday, June 1st at West Sixth Brewery in Lexington. For more information, contact

Friday, March 8, 2013