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Shoptalk: Compatible Addition

2014-06-27 Posted By: Patty Weaver

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

compatible addition

building addition that is visually distinguishable from the historic building yet respects the original architecture in design, scale and materials; addition that resembles the historic without duplicating the original design (Source: National Park Service, Preservation Briefs, #14 New Exterior Additions to Historic Buildings: Preservation Concerns)

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Gwynn Hall’s, University of MissouriColumbia, southwest entrance tower addition on the building's rear elevation is compatible with the historic building’s massing, size and scale. The addition was differentiated from the historic gothic-style building through modern design—smooth stone instead of rough cut and glass elements—yet remained compatible with the use of appropriate materials and design elements—white limestone and narrow windows.
Gwynn Hall Southwest Entrance Tower Addition

Shoptalk: Vermiculated Work

2014-06-19 Posted By: Patty Weaver

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

vermiculated work

an ornamental masonry finish with irregularly shaped, discontinuous grooves giving a worm-eaten appearance; primarily used as quoins and in base courses (Sources: Harris, Cyril M., Dictionary of Architecture & Construction, Second Edition, 1993; International Text Book Company, International Library of Technology 31D, 1923)

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Vermiculated Work Sample

Treanor Historic Preservation Staff to Make International Presentation

2014-06-12 Posted By: Patty Weaver

ASTM STP Mastheads

Julia Mathias Manglitz, AIA, and K. Vance Kelley, AIA, both of Treanor Architects, will present their technical paper, “Success and Failure in Applying ASTM Standards to the Evaluation and Rehabilitation of Historic Masonry Structures–A Case Study,” at ASTM International’s Symposium on Masonry 2014 in Toronto, Canada later this month.

The paper, co-authored with and Mark Hodges, PE, of Dudley Williams Associates, presents a case study to demonstrate the applicability of ASTM standards during the evaluation and rehabilitation of historic masonry. The case study focuses on the evaluation and repair of an existing structure, Fort Leavenworth’s Grant Hall (Building 52) Clock Tower, and the challenges of applying materials standards and specifications that were developed primarily for new construction.

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Shoptalk: Pressed Tin Ceiling

2014-06-11 Posted By: Patty Weaver

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

pressed tin ceiling

a tin ceiling comprised of stamped or pressed sheet metal tiles; popular between 1880 and 1930 when they were mass produced; used in lieu of elaborate decorative plaster ceilings

Pressed tin ceilings are durable, long lasting and easy to install. If pieces are missing or are heavily damaged, the pressed tin ceilings can also be relatively easy to restore if the same company that originally produced the ceiling tiles is still in business. W.F. Norman is a pressed tin company native to Missouri that still uses its original dies from 1898! Watch this video to learn more about the pressed tin industry and process of stamping ceiling tiles

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Kansas Statehouse Recreated with Cans at Topeka CANstruction

2014-06-06 Posted By: Jac Samp

Treanor Architects participated in the inaugural Topeka Canstruction competition on Saturday, May 31.

Special thanks to our project leaders, Ian Pitts (left) and Andrew Oliver (right). Good job!Special thanks to our project leaders, Ian Pitts (left) and Andrew Oliver (right). Good job!

Treanor's Student Housing Commended in MEED Awards

2014-06-05 Posted By: Emily Bengoa

Now in its fourth year, MEED’s quality awards have attracted substantial interest from companies and individuals across the GCC construction industry. Through its annual awards, MEED seeks to recognise the finest achievements in the GCC projects industry, and to celebrate all those who have made possible the exceptional design and delivery of major projects.

The Qatar Foundation Male and Female Student Housing project was commended in the two key MEED Quality Award categories of ‘Sustainable Project of the Year’ and the ‘Louis Berger Building Project of the Year’.

Qatar Foundation has received numerous awards for its eco-friendly developments and has been recognised by the U.S. Green Building Council for its commitment to green building design. It has most recently been presented with the Sustainable Leadership Award at the World Corporate Social Responsibility Congress in Mumbai. For its exceptional Male and Female Student Housing Project, Qatar Foundation won last year’s Big Project Middle East Construction and Sustainability Award of Excellence in the Sustainable Solution of the Year category.

Engineer Telefat added: “The Male and Female Student Housing Project, which is located within the Education City campus consists of the highest concentration of independently registered platinum LEED buildings by the U.S. Green Building Council and we are delighted to see this project commended by MEED. This recognition is a true honour as it highlights the sheer hard work that has gone into this exciting undertaking.”

The student housing, which has been developed by Qatar Foundation and designed by Burns & McDonnell, in partnership with architectural firm Treanor Architects, green building consultants Vertegy and ASTAD Project Management, successfully integrates a highly functional and durable design.

It has earned 12 Platinum LEED certifications in the category of ‘New Construction’ from the U.S. Green Building Council. The development comprises two individual male and female complexes. Each complex spans 36,000 square metres and boasts five residential buildings, as well as a community centre. State-of-the art sustainable technology and energy-efficient systems are used throughout the complex.

To assist the students in keeping track of their green footprint, each housing unit contains a monitoring system that checks an individual’s water and energy consumption. The complex is also equipped with clean power sources, a solar-panelled roof and wind turbines that generate energy at gusts of 10 kilometres or more.

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Shoptalk: Prism(atic) Glass Tile

2014-06-04 Posted By: Patty Weaver

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

prism glass tile

an architectural glass tile, typically about 4”x4” in size, that redirects natural daylight through reflection and refraction into a building

Prism glass tiles became popular after they were patented and first commercially produced by the Luxfer Prism Company starting in 1897. They were particularly popular in transom windows above storefronts along main streets with structure similar to a stained glass window using zinc came and lead solder joints to hold the glass tiles together.

Today, preservationists struggle to save these transoms. Prism glass tiles are no longer produced, making it difficult to properly restore missing tiles. Additionally, these transoms face a similar battle that many stained glass windows face. Without proper care and maintenance throughout the lifespan of an exterior leaded glass window, it can fall into extensive disrepair making restoration all the more difficult and quite pricey.

Want to learn more about prism glass? The Historic Prism Glass Companies of the United States is a fantastic resource outlining its many uses throughout the years. The National Park Service’s Preservation Tech Note on “Repair and Reproduction of Prismatic Glass Transoms” is also a great resource.

leaded prism glass clerestory

MJ Funk “New York Store” leaded prism glass clerestory discovered intact after over two decades of being covered during a recent condition assessment.

leaded prism glass

Close up of leaded prism glass discovered at the MJ Funk “New York Store” in Harrisonville, Missouri.

Shoptalk: Grotesque

2014-05-29 Posted By: Patty Weaver

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


sculptured or painted ornament involving fanciful distortions of human and animal forms, sometimes combined with plant motifs, especially a variety of arabesque which has no counterpart in nature (Source: Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture, 1977.)

Adair Co. Courthouse Carved Grotesque

Example of a grotesque carving on the Adair County Courthouse.

Kansas Statehouse Painted Grotesque

Example of painted grotesque in the State Library of Kansas at the Kansas Statehouse.

How far will we go for preservation?

2014-05-23 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Around the world! Vance Kelley, Treanor Preservation principal, travelled to Florence, Italy this summer just to see the Duomo. Okay, we admit he went to Italy for many reasons, but he did see the Duomo. He proved it to us with a photo that made us all jealous.

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, also called Il Duomo di Firenze, is part of the Historic Centre of Florence UNESCO World Heritage Site. The basilica is one of Italy’s largest churches and is the main church of Florence. Construction on the Gothic cathedral, designed by Arnolfo di Cambio, began in 1296 and was completed structurally in 1436 with the dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi. Until development of new structural materials in the modern era, the dome was the largest in the world. It remains the largest brick dome ever constructed.

Vance Kelley representing Treanor Architects with the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in the background.Vance Kelley representing Treanor Architects with the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in the background.

Science Facilities and the Realities of Deferring Maintenance

2014-05-22 Posted By: Birgitta Reynolds