Architecture that has stood the test of time is worth preserving. PWA has been honored to work on many of the most historic structures in mid-Missouri. The Rolla Building – Missouri University of Science & Technology’s oldest building and the Residence on the Francis Quadrangle at the University of Missouri both date from the mid-1800s. As well as being on the National Register of Historic Places, they are a reminder of our history and beliefs. Renovation of these historic buildings required a delicate balance between historic character and modern convenience.
Often buildings can lose their functionality over time due to deterioration or changes in ownership and purpose. Renovating and reusing these buildings can be a great way to capitalize on an existing location, but they can come with a fair amount of challenges. They require a thorough analysis and understanding of a multitude of criteria prior to determining the most appropriate design solution. With the knowledge and experience gained from similar projects, the PWA team is able to identify and define issues that may impact the overall outcome of a project. We understand the critical importance and value of verifying existing conditions. We acknowledge that even great designs based on inaccurate foundations can lead to failure. Working closely with clients, we wade through the challenges and opportunities to arrive at creative, functional and cost-effective design solutions.
The J.W. “Blind” Boone Residence is a significant part of Columbia’s history. The recognition of this building lies not only in the memory of the native Missouri artist, pianist, and philanthropist John William Boone, but also in the history of the African-American community in Columbia.
The renovation of Switzler Hall at the University of Missouri involved gutting the interior of the 20,759 gross square foot, four-level brick building and using a unique shoring system to support the exterior walls of the building from the inside while simultaneously reconstructing the building’s interior.
The Audrain County Historical Society believed it was essential to communicate the history record of the industry in the county and contacted PWA about designing an addition to their existing building that would serve as a Fire Brick Museum.
Formerly a part of the Kemper Military School, the historic 54,000 square foot Johnston Field House is currently home to the Boonslick Heartland YMCA and contains a cardio theater, weight room, aerobics room, 25-yard indoor pool, indoor batting cage, office space and 3 basketball courts.
The renovation of the interior and the design for accessibility of this historic building, the former residence of the Chancellor of the University of Missouri–Columbia, included a new elevator tower to match the existing building.
Working closely with City of Rolla staff, PWA and their consultants developed a plan to renovate the existing 21,600 square foot city hall, originally constructed in 1948. The design for the new city hall added 6,900 square feet to the four-story masonry building.
To give the historic Rolla Building new life, the entire interior was gutted, down to the basement floor. Entire floors were removed, some raised or lowered to make room for the technologies and safety codes of today.
Boone Electric, founded in 1936, has experienced phenomenal growth along with the area it serves. To accommodate this growth, the vehicle maintenance facility addition nearly doubled the existing office area, as well as the vehicle maintenance service facility. Furthermore, all areas were brought up to code, including ADA.