Treanor Blog/News

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.

The Third Place: A First Priority

2015-04-30

There are spaces that just naturally attract students. They’re comfortable, multifunctional, easy to access and a hallmark of the residential campus experience. It’s this type of accessible community space that inspired Starbucks’ living room approach, and that has become the center of many urban planning efforts.

More and more, it’s this quality of place that well-designed residence hall social spaces, student unions, libraries and outdoor courtyards hope to achieve — flexible, hybrid spaces that are vibrant, attractive, well-used anchors of student life, relationship building and community engagement.

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.

2015 Science Facility Design Symposium

2015-04-23 Posted By: Birgitta Reynolds

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2015-04-23 Posted By: Birgitta Reynolds
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Shoptalk: Knob-and-Tube

2015-04-22 Posted By: Patty Weaver

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

Term:
knob-and-tube wiring

Definition:
Single-insulated copper conductors running within wall or ceiling cavities, passing through joist and stud drill-holes via protective porcelain insulating tubes, and supported along their length by nailed-down porcelain knob insulators; early standardized method of electrical wiring. (Source: Knob-and-tube wiring. Wikipedia. Accessed 2015.)

Examples:
Knob-and-tube wiring (K&T), was commonly used in North America for interior wiring from the 1880s to the 1930s. While other methods of interior wiring were available during this time, K&T was often the preferred method as it was the most affordable. The method of wiring used two wires, supply (hot) and return (neutral) that had to be spaced at least three inches apart except where the wires connected to a box or fixture. At these connections the wires were covered with a loom, a woven flexible insulating sleeve, to provide additional protection to the insulated copper conductors. Porcelain knobs supported the wires between joists, suspending them in open air to allow heat to dissipate and preventing stress from accumulating on spliced connections.

Figure of K&T WiringSource: Electric Wiring and Lighting ...: Part I – Electric Wiring, Page 14, Charles Edwin Knox & George Carl Shaad, American School of Correspondence, 1913.

K&T was displaced as the method of choice from interior wiring systems because of the high cost of installation compared with the use of power cables, which combined both power conductors of a circuit in one run (and later included grounding conductors).

Knob and tube wiring has been found in many Treanor projects such as The Historic Windsor Hotel in Garden City, Kan., the Heaton Building in Norton, Kan.

K&T at Winsor HotelKnob-and-tube wiring was used at the Windsor Hotel. This picture shows wiring added sometime after historic construction penetrating a historic transom window above a door.

Multiple Wiring PhasesMultiple phases of electrical wire – from knob-and-tube to armored cable “BX” to insulated stranded wire - have been installed at the Heaton Building.

K&T wiring at Heaton BuildingExposed/vulnerable ceramic knobs and wires in the attic of the Heaton Building.

Three Immediate Openings with Treanor Preservation

2015-04-10 Posted By: Patty Weaver

The Treanor Architects Preservation Studio works with grand old architecture, but these are brand new positions! We are recruiting candidates for the following career opportunities:

Preservation Architect
Topeka, KS

  • Candidates must hold an accredited degree in architecture; college course work &/or professional experience with historic preservation is desired.
  • Ideal candidates will:
    • have 5-7 years of experience that includes project design, rehabilitation projects, heritage conservation research, planning and reporting, and materials conservation,
    • be licensed or actively seeking licensure,
    • be proficient with Revit; previous experience with Point Cloud and 3D modeling a plus,
    • and have a willingness and ability to travel in service of our clients’ needs.
 

2 Full-Time Designers
Topeka, KS / Kansas City, MO

  • Ideal candidates will:
    • hold an accredited degree in architecture; college course work &/or professional experience with historic preservation is desired,
    • 1-4 years of experience that includes project design, rehabilitation projects, heritage conservation research, planning and reporting, and materials conservation, actively seeking licensure,
    • proficient with Revit; previous experience with Point Cloud and 3D modeling a plus, and
    • a willingness and ability to travel in service of our clients’ needs.

If you would like to join this dynamic and growing team, e-mail Amy Bellerive, director of Human Resources, with your resume and contact information at abellerive@treanorarchitects.com for consideration.

Making the best of the past a part of the future!Making the best of the past a part of the future!

Shoptalk: Anthemion

2015-03-18 Posted By: Patty Weaver

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

Term:
anthemion

Definition:
Design consisting of a number of radiating petals developed by the ancient Greeks derived from the Egyptian and Asiatic form known as the honeysuckle or lotus palmette; used as a decorative finish in architecture; single-palmette for appears on decorative pedestals, roof or cornice elements; repeating pattern of alternating lotus and palmette typically appears on cornice molding. (Source: Anthemion. Encyclopedia Britannica. 2013.)

Examples:
The anthemion is used in architectural ornamentation from ancient architecture to more recent classic revivals like in the Masonic Grand Lodge Building in Topeka, Kan., built in 1916. The Masonic Grand Lodge Building utilizes anthemion ornamentation on its copper roof cornice.

Carved Anthemion Ornament DrawingAnthemion (carved) ornament detail drawing by James Ward, 1897. (Source: Anthemion (Carved), from Apollo Epicurius. Look and Learn History Picture Library. 2010.)

Kansas Statehouse Oculus TopDiagram of classic architectural elements and features. (Source: Lecture Notes, Mediterranean Civilizations, ca. 2000 BC-AD 500. The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. 2009.)

Masonic Grand Lodge DrawingHistoric drawing of the south façade of the Masonic Grand Lodge Building by notable architect Edward L. Tilton c. 1916.

Masonic Grand Lodge BuildingSouth facade of the Masonic Grand Lodge Building, 2014.

Masonic Grand Lodge Roof CorniceAnthemion design on the Masonic Grand Lodge Building’s historic copper roof cornice, 2014.

Immediate Openings for Healthcare Architect & Designer

2015-03-06 Posted By: Jac Samp

Treanor Architects is adding two – yes two – new positions to our Healthcare studio based out of our Kansas City, Missouri office.  If you would like to join this dynamic and growing team, e-mail Amy Bellerive, director of Human Resources, with your resume and contact information at abellerive@treanorarchitects.com for consideration.   

                      1 full-time Project Architect

  • Ideal candidates will be registered architects with 7-10 years of experience
  • Experience in Healthcare programming and design required. 
  • A passion for working collaboratively with clients to solve unique and complex challenges
  • Experience in the development of proposals
  • Ability to mentor young design professionals
  • Proficient in Revit, Sketch Up, etc.
  • A willingness and ability to travel in service of our clients’ needs

                               1 full-time Designer

  • Candidates must hold an accredited degree in Architecture
  • 2-4 years of practical experience
  • Revit and document production experience required
  • Experience in healthcare design not required
  • A willingness and ability to travel in service of our clients’ needs

 

 

Like wearing scrubs? Building baseball caps out of cans for charity? Designing for healthcare? Say hello today!Like wearing scrubs? Building baseball caps out of cans for charity? Designing for healthcare? Say hello today!

Shoptalk: Oculus

2015-03-05 Posted By: Patty Weaver

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

Term:
oculus

Definition:
a circular opening at the top of a dome or in a wall; also known as an œil de boeuf from the French, or simply a "bull's-eye"; From Latin oculus meaning eye

Examples: An oculus can be enclosed with a glass window or open to the elements. It can be left open or be closed using a clypeus, a round, shield-like covering. (Oculus. Gill, N.S., About Education.) One example of the open form of the oculus is located at the top of the Kansas Statehouse inner dome.

Kansas Statehouse Oculus From AboveAbove is a view of the top side of inner dome/oculus prior to restoration. Note the plywood infill within oculus.

Kansas Statehouse Oculus TopA view of the bottom side of the inner dome/oculus during initial copper restoration. Note the plywood infill within oculus.

Kansas Statehouse Oculus From BelowA view of the bottom side of the at inner dome/oculus after copper restoration. Note the unfinished steel framework for the original historic chandelier that was removed in 1942 as a donation for a scrap metal drive during World War II.

Kansas Statehouse Oculus AfterKansas Statehouse’s inner dome/oculus after restoration and installation of recreated historic chandelier.