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Three Treanor Designed Buildings Listed as Highest-Rated LEED Certified Buildings in the St. Louis Area

2016-04-27 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Three Treanor-designed buildings were recently recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal in The List: Highest-Rated LEED-Certified Buildings. This list ranked LEED-certified local* buildings by the percentage of USGBC LEED standards met. 

  • Sheet Metal Workers AFL-CIO Local 36 Union Hall took first on the list meeting 89.86% of the LEED Platinum standards. 
  • Staples Promtional Products tied with two other buildings for seventh on the list meeting 76.36% of the LEED Platinum standards. 
  • Page Business Center was listed 17th on the list meeting 65.57% of the LEED Gold standards. 

* Local is defined by the St. Louis Business Journal as St. Louis, St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren, Franklin, Washington and Jefferson counties and the city of St. Louis in Missouri; and St. Clair, Madison, Jersey, Clinton, Calhoun, Macoupin, Bond and Monroe counties in Illinois.

Sheet Metal Workers AFL-CIO Local 36 Union Hall ranked #1 on St. Louis Business Journal's Highest-Rated LEED-Certified Buildings list.Sheet Metal Workers AFL-CIO Local 36 Union Hall ranked #1 on St. Louis Business Journal's Highest-Rated LEED-Certified Buildings list.
Page Business Center ranked #17 on St. Louis Business Journal's Highest-Rated LEED-Certified Buildings list.Page Business Center ranked #17 on St. Louis Business Journal's Highest-Rated LEED-Certified Buildings list.

Save the Date: 2016 Science Facility Symposium

2016-04-26 Posted By: Birgitta Reynolds

LEEP2 Special Report

2016-04-13 Posted By: Birgitta Reynolds
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Dillon House Recognized as One of Preservation's Best of 2015

2016-03-14 Posted By: Patty Weaver

The Dillon House rehabilitation was recognized this past week as one of Preservation's Best of 2015. Every year Preservation Action, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Trust Community Investment Corporation recognize projects that demonstrate exemplary use of the Historic Tax Credit. The HTC is a driver of economic development in our nation's cities and small towns by taking historically significant buildings, that are underutilized and vacant, and turning them into viable community assets for our modern economy.

The awards presentation took place during the annual National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week's Congressional Reception in Washington, D.C.

Vance Kelley accepts the award on behalf of Treanor. L-R: Russ Carnahan, Preservation Action president, Shanon Miller, PA board chair, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, and Merrill Hoopengardner, National Trust Community Investment Corporation president.Vance Kelley accepts the award on behalf of Treanor. L-R: Russ Carnahan, Preservation Action president, Shanon Miller, PA board chair, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, and Merrill Hoopengardner, National Trust Community Investment Corporation president.

Robert Koenig becomes a John G. Williams Fellow

2016-03-10 Posted By: Jac Samp

Treanor is proud to announce that Robert Koenig, an associate principal with the healthcare design team, became a John G. Williams Fellow, as a continuation of his support of and dedication to the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas.

Children's Mercy Raised Record-Breaking $1.64 Million for Children's Healthcare

2016-03-07 Posted By: Jac Samp

Children's Mercy Hospital of Kansas City raised a record-breaking $1.64 million to help provide world class care for children in Kansas City and beyond.

Get. Out.

2016-02-16 Posted By: Emily Bengoa

Social-study spaces that bring students out of their rooms

In theory, residence hall lounges and common areas provide easy, accessible spaces to meet friends, hang out and study in a semi-social environment. They can be an important element in building community and fostering students’ psychosocial development, especially in a first-year residence.

Yet in reality, students too often remain in their rooms, leaving these spaces underused or even empty. How do you entice students to use the spaces that are meant for their own success?

Treanor Architects, along with the University of Kansas and support from Steelcase Furniture, conducted a controlled research study at Sam Houston State University to find the answer. Here’s what they found:

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Living Room Concept - Sam Houston State University Underutilized Social Space StudyLiving Room Concept - Sam Houston State University Underutilized Social Space Study

Shoptalk: Caen Stone Plaster

2016-02-04 Posted By: Patty Weaver

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

Term:
Caen stone plaster

Definition:
a type of plaster mixed to look like the limestone quarried in northwestern France near the city of Caen, Normandy; a blend of  colored sand, pigment, mica and quartz that reproduces the sparkling look and texture of limestone (Sources: Cyril M. Harris, Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture, Dover Publications, Inc., 1977.; Specialty Plaster LLC, Caenstone, accessed Feb. 4, 2016, http://www.specialtyplasterllc.com/.)

Examples:
Caen stone plaster was created in an attempt to replicate the yellowish color and rippled-figure texture of the Caen stone used to build churches and prominent buildings in the medieval period. The plaster was popular from the late 1800s to the early 1900s and was applied over either lath or masonry as the finish coat or in all three coats of plaster. (Source: Association of the Wall & Ceiling Industry, Wachuwannano, accessed Feb 4, 2016, http://www.awci.org/cd/pdfs/0203_wac.pdf.)

First, let's look at an example of Caen stone.
Church of Saint-PierreThe Church of Saint-Pierre, constructed between the early 13th and 16th centuries in Caen, is an example of a building with Caen stone. Note the light, creamy-yellow color of the limestone. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Martin', https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Caensaintpierre.jpg, accessed Feb. 4, 2016.)

Now for an example of Caen stone plaster.
Caen stone plaster is present in the Great Overland Station's main waiting room. Drawings from the 1927 building, located in Topeka, Kan., show where "imitation Caen stone" should be installed.

Great Overland Station Main Waiting Room
Caen stone plaster was use to decorate a portion the waiting room walls.

Great Overland Station Clock Wall Elevation
This original elevation of the main waiting room clock indicates where "imitation Caen stone" should be used.

Great Overland Station Clock Wall
The main waiting room clock wall after restoration.

Great Overland Station Window Wall
This original elevation of the main waiting room wall facing the street indicates where "imitation Caen stone" should be used.

Great Overland Station Window Wall
The main waiting room after restoration.

New LEED Green Associate!

2016-01-19 Posted By: Birgitta Reynolds

WANTED: an architect with a passion for science.

2016-01-19 Posted By: Birgitta Reynolds
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