Latimer Sommers & Associates, P.A.
3639 SW Summerfield Dr
Topeka, KS 66614
Kansas City Office
8625 College Boulevard
Overland Park, KS 66210
1.17.19 Kansas Avenue Lofts
Historic Downtown Topeka warehouse was converted into lofts with the help of Michael Wilson, managing partner of Kansas Avenue Lofts LLC and founding architect of Architect One. This project began in January of 2018 and has 33 lofts, a heated indoor parking garage and a community room. Read more about this beautiful piece of Kansas History in this article from the Topeka Capitol Journal.
10.30.18 Uptown Lofts
Read more about how this new development, planned for Valentine Road and Broadway Boulevard north of the Uptown Theater, plans to revamp the existing shopping center in this article from the Kansas City Star.
9.10.18 TPS Foundation Names 2 Businesses Receiving Patron Awards
The Topeka Public Schools Foundation will award two local businesses, HTK Architects and Latimer, Sommers & Associates, with the 2018 Patron Award at the Foundation's ninth annual community breakfast Tuesday at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center. Read more in this article from the Topeka Capitol-Journal.
8.31.18 Topeka Center for Advanced Learning & Careers - Topeka Public Schools USD 501
The Topeka Center for Advanced Learning and Careers is the newest flagship school for Topeka USD 501. The innovative program is supported by a public-private partnership and designed to create a pipeline of talent for in-demand, high-skill jobs.
The 73,657 square foot renovation and addition began with an institutional school building on the former Topeka State Hospital grounds. The original structure was utilized as a mental health facility and carried a penitentiary-like aesthetic. Working through the challenges of a fifty-year old structure, the exterior was re-imagined with a new two-story entry addition and cladded with horizontal metal panels and new brick. The original narrow windows were opened to bring in light throughout the building and an elliptical vane shading system was placed on the front façade. A new glass-enclosed elevated walkway connects TCALC to an adjacent school which gives the students access to the new facility and its physical education spaces.
The interior of TCALC is comprised of seven learning pathways—engineering, marketing, business, media, education, healthcare—each with its own unique but cohesive color palette. The building features twelve collaboration rooms designed to encourage communication and teamwork between the students in the various pathways.
The TCALC building features an acoustically-measured grand entry and Design/Think space, as well as a presentation area, and a large commons space for both student and the community use. The completed TCALC project has achieved its goal of providing an inspiring educational and collaborative space in a building that is unrecognizable from its origins.
This project was designed by our team at Architect One and would not be possible without our consulting partners:
* Latimer, Sommers & Associates
* Certus Structural Engineers
* Bartlett and West
* KBS Constructors
Please join us in congratulating the Topeka USD 501 leadership and Board for their wisdom and vision!
You know us by our work,
-The Team at Architect One
8.31.18 Casson Building
Read more about how Topeka's downtown redevelopment has been a win-win and how plans to revamp the Casson Building will bring affordable housing to the downtown area in this article from the Topeka Capitol-Journal.
4.23.18 Price Brothers Overland Park Apartments
Read more about how the Overland Park Planning Commission recommnded rezoning approval for a Price Brothers development that will bring in roughly $100M in this article from the Kansas City Business Journal.
4.23.18 Cair Paravel
11.20.17 Avenue 80
Read more about Avenue 80 in this article from the Kansas City Business Journal; the new luxury mixed-use development in Overland Park.
6.5.17 The Royale at CityPlace Apartments
Read more about The Royale at CityPlace in this article from the Kansas City Business Journal. A new luxury apartment complex in Overland Park, Kansas.
12.15.16 The Continental
Mark Twain Tower, being renamed The Continental (after the Hotel Continental which opened in the 22 story building in 1938) is being converted into a 154-unit apartment building. Read more about this project here.
11.22.16 USD 345 - Seaman School District Intern
During the 2016 fall semester, LSA worked with Seaman High School's "College and Career Ready" Student Internship program. The internship class is designed to provide learning opportunities beyond the classroom linking academic training to application within a career field of interest for the interest of the student. Seaman High School Senior, Zach Dobbs was LSA's intern. The following is what Zach said he worked on during of the weeks during his internship: "On Tuesday I started on a new set of plans calculating the area in rooms that I will eventually use to calculate the heating and cooling loads on those buildings. On Thursday I continued to work on my other set of plans calculating the amount of watts that will be going through home runs."
10.31.16 Edge Water at City Center
Edge Water at City Center is a new luxury community, due for completion in January. To learn more about this apartment community and to see pictures, please read this article in The Kansas City Business Journal.
10.30.16 Washburn University | Lincoln Hall
Washburn University's newest residence hall has all the amenities of home, including: an eat-in dining facility, conference room, lounges, laundry facilties, community kitchens, study rooms, and recreational areas. Lincoln Hall is also conveniently located to several other buildings on Washburn's campus. To learn more about Lincoln Hall, please read this article in The Topeka Capital-Journal.
10.28.16 Midwest Health Aquatic Center
Read more about the new Midwest Health Aquatic Center in Topeka, Kansas.
9.2.16 Mission 106 Apartments
Read more about the new luxury apartments in Leawood, Kansas.
8.5.16 Union Hill Apartments
Read more about the apartments in Kansas City's Union Hill neighborhood.
7.8.16 Dornwood Spray Park
Read more about the new Shawnee County Parks and Recreation Spray Park at Dornwood Park.
3.23.16 Norman School Lofts
Check out this article in the Kansas City Business Journal to learn more about the historic Norman School $13M, 61-unit apartment conversion project that LSA is currently working on.
3.18.16 Dillon House Wins 2nd National Honor
LSA project, the Dillon House won it's 2nd National Award, the 2015 Preservation's Best award from the National Trust Community Investment Corp.
5.8.15 Kansas Preservation Awards | Dillon House
The Kansas Presevation Alliance presented its 2015 Awards for Excellence on May 8 at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka. Each year the Kansas Preservation alliance, Inc. (KPA) recognizes exemplary efforts in historic preservation across the State of Kansas. KPA has presented more than 200 annual awards since its founding in 1979. LSA project Dillon House was awarded the Medallion Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation. You can read more about the Kansas Preservation Awards and Dillon House in the Kansas Preservation.
1.14.15 Aspen Place - Under Construction
Aspen Place is set in a thriving new area of housing, retail, and offices this 460,000 square foot $30M project has 33,000 square feet of retail intended for restaurant and other active uses, a 115,000 square foot five level garage and 226 residential units over five floors. This podium type construction with wood construction above optimizes the structural cost and Code-required separations. The separate ownership of a portion of the garage and retail areas vs, the residential stakeholders required multiple reviews and coordination by the design team.
Bringing together the utilities, stringent local site lighting requirements, City Code officials, civil engineer and ownership representative necessitated careful and consistent communication between all members of the design team. A large system of access control, CCTV, telecommunications, CATV and intrusion alarm was critical to meet the resident appetite for technology and security.
1.14.15 Washburn University Welcome Center
LSA is currently assisting the University to transform Morgan Hall into a state of the art welcoming and highly proficient building, a place where visitors can begin their journey and form positive perceptions about Washburn University when visiting. Please check out these pictures to follow the progress of this project. Read more about the project in the Ichabod magazine.
1.13.15 USD 345 Progress
USD 345 Seaman School District is undergoing construction of a new middle schools, renovation of the current middle school into an elementary school and additions of new classroom and gymnasiums at Elmont, North Fairview and West Indianola elementary schools. Please see these progress pictures and video to see the project progress.
12.9.14 Power & Light Renovation: It's Official
Historic Kansas City Power & Light Co. skyscraper is being converted into Apartments. Read this article in the Kansas City Star | Business to learn more.
11.11.14 Union Hill Lofts
Check out this Kansas Business Journal article about the new lofts in Kansas City's historic Union Hill neighborhood.
2.15.12 Echo Ridge Wins National ACEC Engineering Excellence Award
The Echo Ridge Subdivision has won a National Recognition Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies in their Engineering Excellence Awards competition. The project was also a local ACEC award winner. Congrats to the project team!
Echo Ridge is 66-unit public housing “Green Community” located in Topeka, Kansas. There is also a 3,000 SF Community Education Center with several green features as well. Some of energy saving features are LED lighting, Energy Star appliances and fixtures, and domestic water pre-heating via the unit heat pump.
11.10.11 Bill Latimer's Retirement Reception
After 55+ years of providing professional engineering services, Bill Latimer has officially retired. LSA held a reception in honor of his achievements on November 10th. He was presented with the Ad Astra statue by sculptor Richard Bergen as a gift in honor of his years of service. We wish Bill all the best in his retirement.
11.7.11 Taylors Farm Apartments Seeks LEED Gold Designation
Taylors Farm Apartments is a new community located in Dallas, Texas incorporating innovative green building designs and technologies to help residents live in a more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable environment. Scheduled for completion in November 2011, residents will be able to save money by lowering their utility bills and participate individually and collectively in reducing overall energy consumption.
The community is seeking Gold Level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, from the U.S. Green Building Council. LSA provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design for the project.
10.31.11 Echo Ridge’s Green Housing Development featured in the Topeka Capital – Journal
The Echo Ridge Community is a duplex neighborhood developed by the Topeka Housing Authority as a Green Community initiative serving Topeka residents. This project has 34 duplex buildings that share a common groundsource loop that each duplex can draw from to heat and cool the homes. Other energy saving items include LED lighting, Energy Star appliances and fixtures and domestic water pre-heating via the unit heat pump.
Check out the full article about Echo Ridge’s green community on Topeka Capital-Journal’s website.
9.22.2011 The Lakes at University Park Announced as the Winner of the Excellence in Construction Award
The Associated Builders & Contractors, South Texas Chapter, have announced that Galaxy Builders, Ltd. and the design consultants of The Lakes at University Park have been awarded the Excellence in Construction Award for the Residential Retirement Facility category. LSA provide MEP design on this project.
9.15.2011 Eisenhower Ridge Building 19 Announced as Timmy Awards Finalist
The National Housing & Rehabilitation Association announced Eisenhower Ridge Building 19, located in Leavenworth, Kan., is a finalist for this year's J. Timothy Anderson Awards For Excellence In Historic Rehabilitation.
The annual "Timmy Awards" honor outstanding real estate projects that involve the rehabilitation and preservation of older and historic buildings nation-wide. Building 19 was named as one of two finalists in the category of Best Commercial/Retail/Non-Residential Project. The project rehabilitated a 125-year-old mess hall that historically served Civil War veterans as part of the Western Branch, National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. Now, the building serves modern veterans as the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Plains Consolidated Patient Accounts Center.
Located on a park-like campus, Building 19 was one of 38 historic buildings placed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2000. The historic buildings were saved when developer Pioneer Group, Inc. of Topeka signed an enhanced-use lease with the VA to rehabilitate the structures. The rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of Building 19 is the most recent project to be completed on the campus, bringing 400 new jobs to Kansas and giving new life to the once vacant building.
Latimer, Sommers & Associates provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, telecommunications, security, and audio/visual design. Designed by Treanor Architects, this rehabilitation and adaptive reuse project preserved the historic character defining features of the building while adding modern amenities for a state-of-the-art office building. The $14 million rehabilitation was completed in July 2011 by Straub Construction Company.
9.1.11 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held for new Central Plains Consolidated Patient Account Center
The new Central Plains Consolidated Patient Account Center located on the Dwight D. Eisenhower Veterans Affairs Medical Center campus in Leavenworth is officially open. LSA was responsible for the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, telecommunications, security, and audio/visual design for the state-of-the-art facility. The 66,000 square foot, renovated facility provides traditional hospital revenue functions for all VA treatment locations within the region.
Check out the full article at the Leavenworth Times.
8.18.11 Washburn Rural Unveils New Gymnasium
Check out the video below by KSNT on the new gymnasium, running track, locker rooms, and weight room at Washburn Rural High School. LSA provided the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, telecommunications and audio visual design.
Eisenhower Ridge Featured on KTWU’s Sunflower Journeys. Watch the video to get the full history of the project.
Heritage Park Solar Powered Restroom was the feature story in the August 2010 issue of the national magazine PHC News.
Check out this video about Prairie Lakes Apartments in Noblesville, Indiana.
Westar Operating Center in Lawrence, Kansas has achieved LEED Silver Certification.
Richard R. Beardmore, P.E., LEED AP served as Project Administrator for the certification process. Dave Everhart, P.E., LEED AP and Maggie Robinson, I.E., LEED AP assisted in the LEED submittal and documentation. As an all-electric facility, there were challenges to achieve the energy savings needed, but a combination of ground source heat pumps, controls, lighting controls, and diverse and efficient equipment allowed the project to realize its goal. This is the first LEED certified project in Lawrence and only the third in Kansas to achieve the Silver Level. This is the second Silver Level project LSA has designed.
The Kansas Preservation Alliance has selected the historic rehabilitation project at NE Jr High Place in Kansas City, Kansas to receive the KPA 2009 Award of Excellence for outstanding restoration. This project involved the restoration and renovation of a 1923 junior high school in a challenged Kansas City neighborhood into affordable housing for elderly residents. Richard R. Beardmore, P.E., LEED AP served as the Project Engineer.
On 2.3.09, the Topeka City Council approved the 2006 Uniform Mechanical Code to become effective approximately 60 days from being published in the Metro News which is roughly 4.11.09. Richard Beardmore, P.E., LEED AP, is Chairman of the Topeka Board of Mechanical Examiners which reviewed the code.
Richard R. Beardmore, P.E. has been appointed to the City of Topeka Planning Commission.