Treanor Architects Blog/News

Keep calm and phase your systems

2014-12-18 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Often, integrating modern mechanical systems into an older building can involve a whole building upgrade. But that doesn’t mean you need to do it all at once. (Read more about mechanical systems integration.)

If pressing mechanical concerns or limited budgets are in the way, a logical phasing plan can allow you to address them without sacrificing quality, effectiveness or historic integrity. Rather than giving in to urgency and upgrading a single system as quickly or cheaply as possible—a move you could regret down the road—consider how you can upgrade your systems in a strategic way.

Carefully integrating electrical, plumbing, heating, wi-fi and other modern systems into your historic property may take more thought than simply hiding them behind a sheetrock wall, but preserving the building’s integrity pays off in the long run. It gives you a building that retains its historic character and value, and ultimately, can perform better for the long-term.

“You want to be very careful in your choices because you are going to live with this result for the next 25 years,” says Terry Sullivan, director of engineering at Schooley Caldwell Associates (Columbus, OH). “Your historic building is a wonderful resource that deserves more than a slap-dash fix.”


Shoptalk: Carbon Arc Lamp

2014-12-16 Posted By: Patty Weaver

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

carbon arc lamp

a lamp that produces light by creating an electric arc, or spark, mid-air between two carbon rod electrodes to burn the highly luminous carbon vapor; one of the first electric light sources

Examples: While arc lamps were invented in the early 1800s, the wide-spread use of carbon arc lamps did not happen until significant improvements were made to the technology in the 1870s. The lamps were primarily used to light large areas such as streets or indoor industrial spaces. Eventually use was expanded to film projectors, searchlights, spotlights, moonlight towers...Read More
San Jose Arc Light Tower

Immediate Opening at Treanor Interiors

2014-12-12 Posted By: Patty Weaver

We are seeking a full-time interior designer to join our Lawrence, Kan.-based team. If the following describes you, email Audrie Wenger, Director of Interiors, with your resume and contact information.

Required experience and skills:

  • 3-5 years of practical design experience
  • Commercial interior design experience
  • Accredited design degree in Interior Design
  • Strong technical & technology skills—REVIT proficiency required
  • Creative design thinking skills
  • Versatility to work within all project types, including furniture design packages 
  • Enjoys teamwork and collaboration
  • Self-manager, strategic thinker, flexible type who is comfortable with fast project pace, travel and workload

Exterior Restoration Featured in Building Stone Magazine

2014-12-05 Posted By: Patty Weaver

The Kansas Statehouse exterior masonry restoration was featured among other projects in the Fall 2014 issue of Building Stone Magazine. The article, "A labor of love," details the efforts required to complete the four-year phased construction project.

Building Stone Magazine - A labor of love

Mental illness and the county jail: a new prescription

2014-12-05 Posted By: Jac Samp
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Voter's choice at 2014 KHA conference

2014-11-18 Posted By: Jac Samp

Treanor is proud to annouce our winners of the "You Choose a Charity, We Donate" contest held at last week's Kansas Hospital Assocation conference. Thank you to all participants for taking a moment to show support for your favoritie charity!

Stepping out for healthcare research: a vote that counts

2014-11-10 Posted By: Jac Samp

Treanor Architects is pleased to announce the winner of the "You Choose a Charity, We Donate" contest! Thank you to all participants for voting.

Shoptalk: Window

2014-10-31 Posted By: Patty Weaver

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


an opening in an external wall of a building to admit light and (usually) air; typically glazed

Examples:Yes, you know what a window is, but did you know that most historic buildings feature many different windows types?  There are double-hung windows, fixed windows, awning windows, hopper windows, and casement windows to name a few. There are also many different types of glazing patterns, styles and window components such as the sill, sash, head, casing and jamb. Windows, and all their components significantly contribute to the unique character of a building. That’s why each window restoration project should begin with a thorough window survey to identify window types, original construction and existing conditions.

The Dougout

Kansas Statehouse Recognized at 2014 AIA CSR Design Awards

2014-10-27 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Treanor Architects’ Kansas Statehouse preservation and restoration project was recognized at the AIA Central States Design Awards with the 2014 Architecture Preservation Honor Award.

The jurors were quoted in the awards program as saying: “The transformation shown is extraordinary and reflective not just of restoring, but of having to undo an earlier renovation that departed substantially from the original intent of the building. The vast change shown is incredible.”

Congratulations to the State of Kansas and all those who worked on the project!

Kansas Statehouse in 2014 after preservation and restoration.Kansas Statehouse in 2014 after preservation and restoration.
Vance Kelley (Treanor), Barry Greis (State of Kansas), and Todd Renyer (Treanor) after receiving the AIA CSR Design Award.Vance Kelley (Treanor), Barry Greis (State of Kansas), and Todd Renyer (Treanor) after receiving the AIA CSR Design Award.
Vance Kelley (Treanor), Barry Greis (State of Kansas), Todd Renyer (Treanor), and Brianna McKenzie (Treanor) at the AIA CSR Design Awards luncheon.Vance Kelley (Treanor), Barry Greis (State of Kansas), Todd Renyer (Treanor), and Brianna McKenzie (Treanor) at the AIA CSR Design Awards luncheon.

Kansas Statehouse Wins 2014 NACIA Award


Yesterday, the State of Kansas, JE Dunn Construction and Treanor Architects were presented the North American Copper in Architecture award for their work on the replacement of the Kansas Statehouse's copper roof and dome.

The Kansas Statehouse was among only 14 projects in North America to be acknowledged for the use of architectural copper and copper alloys.

 “The Kansas Statehouse is a magnificent architectural piece of U.S. history,” said Larry Peters, project manager and architectural application specialist for the Copper Development Association. “It’s wonderful to see copper playing such a vital role in its preservation. While the original dome and roof had served the building well for more than a century, the new copper system will ensure the building is protected for another 100 years.”

The award was presented by Peter's who represented the Copper Development Association and the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA), the organizations who sponsor the awards program.