Treanor Architects Blog/News

Kan-Struct Awards Honors Kansas Statehouse

2015-10-16 Posted By: Patty Weaver

The Kansas Statehouse preservation and restoration was presented the Historic Renovation Award for Excellence by the Kan-Struct Awards. The award, sponsored by the AGC of Kansas, ACEC Kansas and AIA Kansas, was presented at the Kan-Struct 2015 convention in Wichita, Kan. 

Meet Our New Associate Principals

2015-10-08 Posted By: Patty Weaver

With specialized expertise and their eyes on the future, these people stand out in their ability to design spaces that inspire and connect people. Join us in congratulating Treanor’s new associate principals.

Chris Cunningham, AIA   Robert Koening, AIA, CHC
Chris Cunningham, AIA
Housing & Mixed-Use
Parking his blue GTI in front of our office early each morning is just the beginning of Chris’ dedication to his craft. Chris has the drive to deliver projects the way Treanor projects should be.

Robert Koenig, AIA, CHC
Curious to his core, Robert researches like a scholar and genuinely enjoys getting to know people. No matter where he is or the topic of conversation, Robert makes meaningful connections and brings people together to make the world more neighborly.
Lisa Lamb, IIDA, NCIDQ   Jeff Lane, AIA
Lisa Lamb, IIDA, NCIDQ
Interior Design
Integrity, thoughtfulness and razor-sharp design skills aren’t all that make Lisa capable of extraordinary feats. She makes problems vanish with her magic wand, solving them quickly, quietly and thoughtfully.

Jeff Lane, AIA
They say to dress for the job you want; Jeff acts that way. He strikes a perfect balance between confident independence and accountability to his team and peers. Relatable, honest, trustworthy—Jeff leads through his actions and celebrates the achievements of others.
Julia Manglitz, AIA LEED AP   Jerome Ratzlaff, AIA
Julia Manglitz, AIA LEED AP
Our resident rocket scientist (with a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering and a master’s in architecture) has been published internationally. From climbing 100-foot scaffolding to public speaking, Julia does all her own architecture stunts.

Jerome Ratzlaff, AIA
Science & Technology
In a world where architects have to fill a lot of tall orders, 6’6”Jerome is highly qualified in more than one way. Organized, focused, respected—Jerome quietly leads by example.
James Reittinger   Todd Renyer, AIA
James Reittinger
Student Life
As inspired as his sock collection, James exudes passion. As a teacher, innovator, and the director of design for our Student Life studio, James elevates those around him with a spirit of what could be.

Todd Renyer, AIA
An outdoorsman at heart, Todd enjoys cultivating his patch of land and the challenge of restoring the environment to its natural state. So it’s no surprise that he digs the challenge of rehabilitating historic buildings. Just like the historic buildings he advocates for, Todd is full of character that makes the community better.

Shoptalk: Terrazzo

2015-09-30 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Shoptalk—deciphering architectural and historic preservation jargon one word at a time!


a type of 16th-century Venetian marble mosaic in which Portland cement is used as a matrix (bonding agent); composite of small fragments of colored marble or other stone, embedded irregularly in cement or resin, ground and polished for a smooth finish; ); typically used in buildings for flooring, bases, borders, wainscoting, stair treads, partitions, and other wall surfaces (Source: Arthur E. Burke, J. Ralph Dalzell and Gilbert Townsend, Architectural and Building Trades Directory, American Technical Society, 1950.)


According to the National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association, terrazzo was first laid in the United States by Italian craftsman in 1890 in the Vanderbilt residence in New York City. Between an influx of highly skilled Italian immigrants and the invention of the electric grinder, terrazzo became the flooring of choice throughout the United States after World War I. (Source: National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association, Inc., A Brief History of Terrazzo, accessed Sep. 23, 2015.)

The Catalogue and Design Book, published in 1951, presented five reasons to install terrazzo that still stand today.
Catalogue and Design Book Page 38(Source: The National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association, Inc. and The Manufacturers Division Inc. of the N. T. & M. Association, Catalogue and Design Book, 3rd Edition, 1951, Page 38.)


Let’s see #4 in action. “Color and Deisgn—Terrazzo has a warmth and beauty. You may specifiy any design you wish—pictorial or geometric—in virtually any combination of colors.”

Terrazzo was used at the Kansas Masonic Grand Lodge to display the sqaure and compasses on the floor of the main entry hall.
Kansas Masonic Grand Lodge 2015


At Treanor’s Topeka office, Firehouse #5 built in 1935, terrazo was can be found throughout the first floor.
Treanor Topeka


The Catalogue and Design Book provided great design examples including this example of terrazzo used to advertise a product.
Treanor Topeka(Source: The National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association, Inc. and The Manufacturers Division Inc. of the N. T. & M. Association, Catalogue and Design Book, 3rd Edition, 1951, Page 109.)

KHA: Spotlight Presentation by Treanor

2015-09-24 Posted By: Anne Dillon

Treanor had the unique opportunity to present in the exhibit hall at the 2015 Kansas Hospital Association Conference & Tradeshow. Rick Gannon, our Healthcare Principal, discussed an architect's perspective on the impact of Ebola (EVD) on the design of infection isolation room and Protective Environment (PE) rooms.

Dillon House Wins 2015 AIA Kansas Excellence in Renovation/Preservation Merit Award

2015-09-17 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Treanor Architects’ Dillon House rehabilitation project was recognized at the AIA Kansas Design Awards with the 2015 Excellence in Renovation/Preservation Merit Award.

The judges commented that they "appreciated the true archival work here and the ambition to restore the interior spaces to their original" appearance.

We have a new LEED Green Associate!

2015-09-15 Posted By: Birgitta Reynolds
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Immediate Opening for Interior Designer in Dallas

2015-09-10 Posted By: Birgitta Reynolds
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Shoptalk: Porte-Cochère

2015-08-21 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Shoptalk—deciphering architectural and historic preservation jargon one word at a time!

porte-cochère (pronunciation)

a covered structure extending from the primary or secondary entrance of a building over an adjacent driveway that provides shelter passengers as they enter or exit vehicles; porch- or portico-like structure also known as a coach gate or carriage porch


The porte-cochère was a common architectural feature late-18th and 19th century mansions and public buildings in the United States. One example is the historic Dillon House, built 1913, in Topeka, Kan. The mansion’s porte-cochère consists of a rectangular canopy with a copper roof at the rear entrance to the main entry hall of the house.

Dillon House circa 1920This 1920s era photo of the north façade shows the Dillon House porte-cochère in its historic form. (Photo courtesy Kansas Historical Society, Kansas Historic Resources Inventory)

Dillon House 2014The porte-cochère was repaired in late 2014 during the Dillon House rehabilitation.

Dillon House 2015Original materials such as the canopy, copper roof and decorative metal were restored and an ADA compliant ramp was installed at the porte-cochère.

Dillon House 2015 The Dillon House after rehabilitation.

Capitols are perfect example of public buildings featuring porte-cocheres.

Missouri State Capitol A porte-cochere can be found on the south wing of the Missouri State Capitol.

The White House Museum, 1889, North Portico. Photo Credit: Library of CongressAnother notable porte-cochère is the White House North Portico, added to the building in 1830. (Source: The White House Museum, 1889, North Portico. Photo Credit: Library of Congress)

Say hello to Treanor's new faces

2015-08-13 Posted By: Patty Weaver

We are pleased to welcome the following individuals to the Treanor family:

Amy Bellerive joined Treanor as the director of human resources on January 20. She holds a BA in Communication Studies from The University of Kansas and has 15 years of human resources experience.
Anne Dillon,marketing manager, joined us on February 2 as a member of the marketing department. Anne holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication from Colorado State University.

Janet Getz joined our preservation studio as a preservation designer on February 25. She received her Master of Architecture from The University of Kansas.
Ally Koppes is an interior designer with Treanor’s interior design studio. She started with the firm on March 2. She graduated from Kansas State University with Bachelor of Science in Interior Design.

John Eisenlau started April 1 as a principal for Treanor’s justice studio. He graduated, with honors, from Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Stay tuned for more information about Treanor’s new Atlanta office!
Mariah Scott, preservation designer, started with our preservation studio on May 26. She received a Bachelor of Science in Applied & Computational Mathematics from South Dakota School of Mines and a Master of Architecture from The University of Kansas.

Alexandria Frost, a student at The University of Kansas, started her internship with Treanor’s student life studio on May 26.
Jessica Symons joined Treanor’s healthcare studio as a designer on June 1. She holds a Master of Architecture from Kansas State University.

Dominic Musso started as preservation designer with our preservation studio on June 8. He graduated from Kansas State University with a Master of Architecture.
Shira Koh began her student internship with our historic preservation studio on June 8. She worked with her advising professor to create an independent internship in historic preservation, a first for The University of Kansas’ School of Architecture.

Brian Kemp, civil engineer, joined Treanor’s civil engineering studio on June 15. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The University of Kansas and has 18 years of civil engineering experience.
Corey Boucher, a 5th year architectural student at The University of Kansas, recently returned from a summer internship in Copenhagen, Denmark. He began his health and wellness internship with Treanor’s student life studio on August 10.

Shoptalk: Quoin

2015-07-09 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Shoptalk—deciphering architectural and historic preservation jargon one word at a time!


In masonry, a hard stone or brick used, with similar ones, to reinforce an external corner or edge of a wall or the like; often distinguished decoratively from adjacent masonry; may be imitated in non-load-bearing materials. (Source: Cyril M. Harris, ed., Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. McGraw-Hill, 1993.)

Types of cut stone quoins for use with brickSource: Chrales Gorge Ramsey, AIA, and Harold Reeve Sleeper, AIA, Architectural Graphic Standards for Architects, Engineers, Decorators, Builders and Draftsmen. New York: John Wiley & Sones, Inc., 1946.

Riverfront Community Center QuoinsLeft:Newly fabricated round quoins waiting to be shipped to the Riverfront Community Center in Leavenworth, Kan, from the fabricator, Sturgis Materials. Right: Quoin stack in the process of being replaed at the Riverfront Community Center.

Replaced rock-faced quoins.Replaced rock faced quoins at the Riverfront Community Center.

Unique quoinsUniquely finished quoins on a stone home in Alma, Kan.