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Kansas Statehouse Wins 2015 Copper in Architecture Award

2015-05-15 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Yesterday, the State of Kansas, JE Dunn Construction, Stuart Dean Company and Treanor Architects were presented the North American Copper in Architecture Award for their restoration of the Kansas Statehouse’s intricate copper inner dome.

The Kansas Statehouse was among only 12 projects in North America to be acknowledged for the use of architectural copper and copper alloys. The award was presented by the Copper Development Association and the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA), the organizations that sponsor the awards program, at a special event held during the 2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta, Ga.

An excerpt from the award application describes the inner dome: “The capitol displays exquisite decorative metal work throughout the building, of which the inner dome’s copper metal work is a prime example. The underside of the inner dome is comprised of cast iron columns with sheet metal paneled bases and ionic capitals evenly spaced around the rotunda’s circumference. An ornamental wrought iron metal railing fills the spaces and creates a grille work between the columns. There are eight round arch head windows evenly spaced around the rotunda wall at the walkway running behind the inner dome that create light and reflectance off the copper sheet metal. Formed copper sheet metal segmental arches span from column to column and have pressed ornamentation at the spandrels. These arches and columns support a copper sheet metal cornice with dentil molding, and above the columns is decorative copper sheet metal encapsulating the structural ribs forming the interior dome. The bottom panel of the dome is painted with a garland motif, and above that are translucent panels that provide illumination to the rotunda below.”

Capitol inner dome before restorationKansas Statehouse inner dome before restoration.

Capitol inner dome before restorationRestoring the historic copper required a process of stripping, cleaning, tinting and testing. The cleaning alone took 6,000 man hours.

Capitol inner dome before restorationWith the stripping and cleaning complete, the copper had a like-new appearance. To provide a “10-year aged look”, tinted lacquer was applied. Over 75 gallons of tinted and clear lacquer were used to finish the inner dome restoration.

Capitol inner dome before restorationIn total, nearly 164 feet of scaffolding was used to reach the apex of the inner dome. Scaffolding was erected within the rotunda starting at the first level and ending in a dance floor platform (show in picture). Portable scaffolding was used to reach the inner dome from the dance floor platform.

Capitol inner dome after restorationKansas Statehouse inner dome after restoration. Photo by Aaron Dougherty Photography.

Palladio Awards Recognize Kansas Statehouse

2015-04-27 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Treanor Preservation was named as a Palladio Award winner for our work on the restoration of the Kansas Statehouse. The Palladio Awards, a program co-produced by Traditional Building and Period Homes magazines, recognizes architectural firms for outstanding traditional design for commercial, institutional, public and residential projects. Treanor was presented with the Palladio Award for commercial, institutional and public work in the category of restoration and renovation.

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

2014-10-10

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.

Kansas Statehouse Wins 2014 AIA Kansas Design Award

2014-10-03 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Treanor Architects’ Kansas Statehouse preservation and restoration project was recognized today at the AIA Kansas Design Awards with the 2014 Excellence in Renovation/Preservation Award.

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

Kansas Statehouse Exterior

Kansas Statehouse with the new public entrance, the Visitors Center, in the foreground.

Kansas Statehouse Rotunda

The restored rotunda at the Kansas Statehouse.

State Library of Kansas

The rehabilitated State Library of Kansas, located in the North Wing of the capitol.

Kansas Statehouse Preservation Wins KPA Award

2014-05-12 Posted By: Patty Weaver

On Friday, May 9, the multi-phase, multi-year preservation and restoration of the Kansas Statehousewas honored by the Kansas Preservation Alliance with the Medallion Award for Rehabiltation. 

Statehouse Architect Barry Greis accepts the Medallion Award surrounded by KPA Board members and the Treanor design team.Statehouse Architect Barry Greis accepts the Medallion Award surrounded by KPA Board members and the Treanor design team.
Kansas Statehouse after restoration.Kansas Statehouse after restoration.

Ridget Top Apartments wins KPA Award

2014-05-12 Posted By: Patty Weaver

On Friday, May 9, the Ridge Top Aparments rehabilitation was honored with the Honor Award for Excellence in Rehabiltation at the Kansas Preservation Alliance's 2014 Awards for Excellence.

The Ridge Top Apartments, located at the Western Branch, National Home for Disabled Veterans National Historic Landmark, rehabilitation project adapted four historic domiciliary buildings – the first constructed at the Western Branch in 1866 – into one- and two-bedroom apartments for low-income, veteran transitional housing. Additionally, a historic physician's residence was rehabilitated for use as a single family rental home.

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KPA Recognizes Building 427 Rehabilitation with Award

2013-05-24 Posted By: Patty Weaver