Did you know that the name of our company OMNIA represents the initials of Brian and Gene’s children, Olivia, Michael, Nicholas and Nathaniel, Isabel and Alexandria? It was also chosen because it means “everything” in Latin.
Partners, Brian Mann and Gene Grimaldi, while working as architectural leaders at an award-winning developer and builder, melded their knowledge of architecture and building to create the OMNIA Group Architects in 1993. For over 25 years, the firm has successfully built a solid foundation based on exceptional service and creative architecture. We recognize that every project has many interdependent components that extend beyond creativity into the practical realms of code requirements, budgets and financing, site constraints, market research, sustainability, efficiency, universality and other critical factors.
We pride ourselves on delivering creative, efficient, beautiful, livable, workable, buildable, cost effective homes, and work and hospitality environments, creating architecture that matters.
Gene Grimaldi graduated from Temple University and began his career at one of the city’s premier architectural firms. An accomplished craftsman, Gene followed his interest into the building industry where he worked as chief architect for a renowned regional developer. Fueled by characteristic optimism and entrepreneurial spirit, Gene formed The OMNIA Group with Brian in 1993. Based on a philosophy of synthesized creativity and real world construction knowledge, their aim was to service clients in a new way. The result is a portfolio of single and multi-family homes, apartments, office, retail spaces and restaurants whose live-ability and work-ability belie their extraordinary build-ability. Gene’s old world pride and attention to detail coupled with his amiable manner provide clients with a rare level of service and solution. An early advocate of green initiatives, Gene’s own home is a showcase of sustainably, featuring geo-thermal heating and cooling, rainwater management and advanced energy efficiencies. Gene enjoys homemade wine, complaining about golf and cutting whole pieces of food in quarters to eat little bites at a time. Word is that his wife Marie ROCKS!
Each client is unique; each project has a unique set of best solutions based on a thorough understanding of the project and a thoughtful orchestration of the many aspects of the job. Brian Mann approaches each project with a passion for excellence; excellence measured as a positive client experience as they live and work in an OMNIA design. Brian holds degrees in design, engineering and management from the University of Pennsylvania but it is his studies of nature and human nature that truly inform his methods as he tells us all of the time. When not on his soap box, Brian is known for his adept use of color, texture and lighting, Brian’s work often draws on natural inspiration; columns as trees, hearth as campfire, colorful tile as flowers in a garden. “The components that make for a good design are often difficult to visualize and verbalize so it is my job to know my client well so that what they finally experience is special and when surprising, pleasantly so.” When not playing in his University of Pennsylvania Alumni lacrosse games, Brian specializes in awakening the associates with his bad candy throws and off the cuff humor. He is an avid reader of nonfiction and a lover of classical and jazz music.
Bryan earned his title of Director of Operations. He joined The OMNIA Group Architects team in the fall of 1999 while simultaneously achieving his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Drexel University. His passion for music clears his mind and allows him to be an effective Project Manager. Bryan can be found in the deepest part of OMNIA’s office wearing his vacation shirts thinking of the beach and bourbon and handling multiple calls, emails and texts all at once while juggling a cup of coffee and a set of drawings.
Dan the Biking Man brings over four decades of Residential Design, Project Management and Documentation experience to the OMNIA team. Dan loves a good competitive race and participates in many athletically challenging team fundraisers. Dan is above us all because he is located in the lofty section of the office. He enjoys the daily candy throws from the pesky partner below.
Michael is an extremely versatile and highly motivated professional who brings over 25 years of expertise in all phases of architecture, engineering and project management to OMNIA. He understands the details of Codes and Construction, knowledge he frequently lauds over all of us at the office meetings. Mike loves the beach, eating out and spending time with his wonderful wife.
Marie a graduate of Drexel University, was a project accountant at a large architectural firm in center city where her life intersected with Gene as he began his architectural career. She has been with OMNIA from the beginning trying to tame the wild beasts. Her love of reading frequently causes havoc because she brings her crazy ideas about food, work and life into the office.
Nick, a recent graduate of Philadelphia University’s renowned architecture program, brings fresh technological skills and perspective. After office hours, he can be found running around the City of Philadelphia following his widely ranging passions, urban architecture, photography, experimental software, philosophy, and psychology. His favorite quote is “Make mistakes faster” - An Incomplete manifesto for growth #34 -Bruce Mau (Andy Grove)
Sue launched her career with OMNIA Group Architects in 2001. As our trusted Billing Manager, she brings dedication and spirit to the administration of our firm. When she is not at work, Sue can be found biking, hiking and kayaking far away from any phones or computers.
Rachel graduated from Drexel’s esteemed architectural evening program. Not satisfied with just speaking conversational French, dabbling in Physics and being an aircraft mechanic in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard since 2007, she decided to torture herself and study architecture. Rachel loves tennis, ballet, anything outdoorsy and in her words is quite “festive”.
Richard graduated from Thomas Jefferson University with his Bachelor of Architecture and minor in Construction management. Richard strives to be versatile; he is driven to learn new skills both in and out of the Architecture world. He aims to master the ever-evolving methods and technologies of the built environment. Outside the office Rich is passionate about music, sports, nature and traveling. His love for architecture can be summed up in the famous quote by Norman Foster ”As an architect you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.”
Renee is our southern transplant. She received her degree from the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University. She has spent much of her career with an architectural and structural engineering firm in Florida before relocating to Pennsylvania. Renee can be found in OMNIA shivering in the corner, waiting for her southern blood to acclimate. Outside the OMNIA doors, she enjoys camping, hiking, traveling, reading, and helping her husband remodel and restore their historic home.
Taking the lead as our newest recruit, Tina, OMNIA's Office Manager, jumped right into the daily administrative operations. She is the "go to" Chief Cheerleader, Disciplinarian, Food Supplier and the architectural bracing for all things in the office. Tina enjoys bouncing around outside, especially at the beach, hiking without wifi and spending time with friends and family , especially her dog, Blue.
Architects are trained to see the big picture. Not just any architect but OMNIA Group Architects! After many years of intense studies and many sleepless nights It ain’t easy being an architect and lots of professional liability insurance, we help you explore your plan. See STEPS 1 THROUGH 6. OMNIA’s team will help coordinate design, engineering and construction professionals as they sort through the maze of building codes and zoning requirements, essentially providing design leadership so that your project is built as intended. Architects provide important pre-design services including site evaluation, and can help you explore options you may not have considered. Involving an architect early in the process can help avoid costly missteps, and increase the likelihood of your satisfaction with the project.
Most homeowners have an idea for a design solution. However, our expertise will avoid mistakes and create opportunities for improvement upon the initial concept. Our insight will go beyond simply ‘redrawing’ a plan. A well thought out, thorough design solution will lead to a buildable, economical and exciting finished product.
Fairly! Our compensation is based on a fixed fee. An architect can actually save you money by monitoring your budget, negotiating your sustainable and functional materials and workmanship, reducing energy and maintenance costs and providing efficiency in creating your buildable project.
Construction costs begin at approximately $125 per SF on up! It all depends on your choice of workmanship and materials.
Typically, four to six weeks. More for larger complex additions.
A site engineer is sometimes required to provide existing conditions with regards to building setback locations. An owner provided plot plan / deed description may replace the need for an official site survey.
A code based electrical layout is provided. (Owner’s specific items can be incorporated) HVAC and plumbing plans are typically provided by the contractor.
Interior design services are provided as an additional service beyond the base fee for additional design and permit drawings.
Most additions will not require an outside structural engineer. If a unique condition does arise, and a structural engineer is required, the owner will be notified and a proposal will be provided prior to engagement of the engineer.