Treanor Architects Blog/News

How far will we go for preservation?

2014-12-19 Posted By: Patty Weaver

To the border and beyond! Well, almost to the border. Todd Renyer and Ian Pitts, both of Treanor Preservation, and Matt Murphy, Treanor Civil, traveled to southwestern Texas this week. The trip was centered around completing condition assessments of Texas Parks & Wildlife facilities at Balmorhea State Park and Black Gap Wildlife Management Area.

L-R: Ian Pitts, Todd Renyer and Matt Murphy taking a photo break at the Shurley House located at the Black Gap Wildlife Management Area in Alpine, Texas.L-R: Ian Pitts, Todd Renyer and Matt Murphy taking a photo break at the Shurley House located at the Black Gap Wildlife Management Area in Alpine, Texas.
L-R: Todd Renyer and Ian Pitts before starting work at the San Solomon Springs Motor Court at Balmorhea State Park in Toyahvale, Texas.L-R: Todd Renyer and Ian Pitts before starting work at the San Solomon Springs Motor Court at Balmorhea State Park in Toyahvale, Texas.
L-R: Matt Murphy and Ian Pitts standing close to the border, but not close enough to cross.L-R: Matt Murphy and Ian Pitts standing close to the border, but not close enough to cross.

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

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!

Term:
window

Definition:
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.

Shoptalk: Sheet Metal Ornamentation

2014-10-10 Posted By: Patty Weaver

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

Term:
sheet metal ornamentation

Definition:
pressed or stamped sheet metal used to adorn and attract attention to a building; sheet metal ornamentation can be used on both the exterior and interior of a building

Examples:
Sheet metal ornamentation is predominantly found in late 19th-century and early 20th-century buildings as mass-production of architectural ornamentation became more prevalent. The ornamental products are manufactured from tin, zinc, copper and brass. Sheet metal ornamentation can be seen on a building’s exterior in the form of balusters, brackets, conductor heads, finials, window hoods and cornices.

The W.F. Norman Corporation, located in Nevada, Missouri, continues to produce sheet metal ornaments using the same production methods and original dies as were used over a century ago. Their catalog includes a product line of 140 ceiling components and over 1,300 ornaments. The W.F. Norman Corporation replicated a missing section of the Heaton Building’s cornice using original dies. Go to www.wfnorman.com for more information about this regional treasure, or better yet, call for a plant tour!

Here are just a few items our project manager, Dana Gould, saw on a tour of the W.F. Norman plant. On the left is a column capital form W.F. Norman uses to produce sheet metal column capitals and to the right is a sample of the company’s pressed metal moldings.
W.F. Norman

The Heaton Building in Norton, Kansas exhibits sheet metal window hoods, cornice line and pressed metal interior ceilings. The window hoods and cornice line can be seen in the image below. Original stamps from W.F. Norman were used to replicate the pressed metal cornices.
Heaton Building

A few more examples of sheet metal ornamentation can be seen on the Dugout, located at the Pioneer Ridge Development within a National Register historic district. On the left is a metal pedimented window hood, and on the right, is a metal keystone ornament.
Diagram of Joist Hangers

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.

Shoptalk: Clay Tile Flat Arch

2014-09-19 Posted By: Patty Weaver

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

Term:
clay tile flat arch

Definition:
a floor framing system using hollow terra-cotta blocks; developed as a lighter, more economical alternative to the solid brick fireproof system commonly used in the 19th century

Examples:
It is common to find clay tile flat arch systems when restoring or renovating late 1800s and early 1900s buildings. One example of the clay tile flat arch system is the side method arch, shown in the figure below. The top figure, (a), shows the original version of the side method (a. I-beam, b. skewbacks, c. thin tile, d. tile blocks, e. wood nailing strips, f. concrete g. flooring) and the bottom figure, (b), shows a improved, stronger version of the method (a. skewbacks, b. lower flange, c. arch block, d. key block, e. wood nailing strips, f. concrete). (Source: A Treatise on Architecture and Building Construction Vol2: Masonry. Carpentry. Joinery., 1899)
Fig. 76 from Treatise on Architecture and Building Construction Vol. 2

Clay tile flat arch systems were found throughout the Kansas Statehouse during the restoration of the capitol. Below is clay tile flat arch found in the historic Supreme Court Chamber.
Diagram of Joist Hangers

This image shows the typical floor/ceiling construction of the Statehouse's North and South Wings.
Diagram of Joist Hangers