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.
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 design for the addition to the Turner Avenue Parking Garage at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri compliments the existing structure and adjacent building such as the Alumni Center.
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.
PWA worked with the State of Missouri, roofing consultants and roofing contractors to complete the roofing replacement and parapet restoration project on the Missouri State Capitol Building.
Civic/Government, Principal: Erik Miller, Project Manager: Shannen Imsland, Renovation/Restoration, Public Safety
In 2007 the Holts Summit Fire Protection District enlisted PWA to develop an addition to and renovate the existing 3,800 square foot structure completed in 1990.
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.