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 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.
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.