About

experience

“The only source of knowledge is experience.” - Albert Einstein

The quality of our work is the product of the creativity, expertise, and dedication of our people. The extensive and comprehensive experience of our project architects is an invaluable resource to newer staff members who bring fresh energy and perspective to our designs.

diversity

“The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great...that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment.” - Johannes Kepler

Our approach to design has allowed us to avoid the confines of specialization and afforded us the opportunity to create a diverse body of work. Each project is a unique undertaking that begins with analyzing the needs and desires of the client and interpreting them into a distinctive design that meets specific needs and exceeds desires.

technology

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” - Arthur C. Clarke

We are committed to continually upgrading existing technology and driving the evolution of design tools. This commitment springs from the firm belief that the responsible use of technology facilitates innovative design, results in economic benefits for our clients, and assists in efficient communication with clients and consultants.

Your team

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Stephen A. Barnum AIA, NCARB
Senior Principal in Charge / Senior Project Architect
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Steve is the Senior Principal in charge of Design and Construction for Omni Associates – Architects and is highly regarded as one of West Virginia’s leading architects. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Ohio University in 1971 and co-founded Omni Associates in 1980. His continuing education achievements include five advanced design programs at Harvard University including Hotel Design, Golf Course Clubhouse Design, Mixed Use Design, and Design Build Construction Alternatives. Mr. Barnum was appointed by the Governor of West Virginia to serve as a member of the West Virginia Board of Architects in January 2007. His creative design ability and diverse construction experience are an invaluable benefit to the Omni team.

Registrations, Certifications, and Memberships:

  • West Virginia Board of Architects, President
  • American Institute of Architects, Member
  • American Institute of Architects—West Virginia, Member
  • NCARB: National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
  • U.S. Green Building Council, Firm Membership
  • Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Firm Membership
  • Registered in West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and New York.

 

 

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Richard T. Forren AIA, NCARB
Principal  / Senior Project Architect
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Richard has been Project Architect in charge of design and construction for Omni Associates – Architects since 1984. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering Technology from Fairmont State College and achieved a Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is a Colonel in the United States Army Reserves and is currently assigned to the Fifth United States Army as the Army’s Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (EPLO) for West Virginia. His design and construction experience encompass a wide range of commercial projects that include schools and higher education institutions, high technology structures, and military facilities.

Registrations, Certifications, and Memberships:

  • American Institute of Architects, Member
  • American Institute of Architects—West Virginia, Member
  • NCARB: National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
  • U.S. Green Building Council, Firm Membership
  • Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Firm Membership
  • International Association of Emergency Managers, Member
  • City of Bridgeport Emergency Services Council
  • Fairmont State University Faculty Advisory Committee for Civil Engineering Technology and Architectural Engineering
  • Registered in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Florida, and New Jersey
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John R. Sausen AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
Principal / Senior Project Architect
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John joined Omni Associates – Architects in 1983 and is now Project Architect in charge of design and construction. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1982 from the University of Cincinnati. He specializes in Design-Build and has obtained LEED™ Professional Accreditation. He has worked with the Design Awards, Search for Shelter, Architecture for Kids, Livable Communities Committees, and has served on the AIA West Virginia Board of Directors from 1990 to present. John has been involved in Scouting for over 20 years. He is an Eagle Scout and serves on the Troop and Mountaineer Area Council levels as a merit badge counselor, building committee member and Eagle Scout Chairman. John designs holistically where the building creates place on the site and he thinks about how people interact with their surroundings.

Registrations, Certifications, and Memberships:

  • American Institute of Architects, Member
  • American Institute of Architects—West Virginia, Member, Current Secretary and Past President
  • NCARB: National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
  • U.S. Green Building Council, Firm Membership
  • Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Firm Membership
  • Pleasant Acres Personal Care Home Board of Directors
  • Registered in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, and Maryland