Treanor Architects Blog/News
Treanor is proud to annouce our winners of the "You Choose a Charity, We Donate" contest held at the 2015 Kansas Hospital Assocation Conference and Tradeshow. Thank you to all participants for taking a moment to stop by our booth and show your support for your favoritie health and wellness charity!
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.
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.
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.
(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.
At Treanor’s Topeka office, Firehouse #5 built in 1935, terrazo was can be found throughout the first floor.
The Catalogue and Design Book provided great design examples including this example of terrazzo used to advertise a product.
(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.)
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.
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.