Latimer Sommers & Associates, P.A.
3639 SW Summerfield Dr
Topeka, KS 66614
Alternatives for a heating and cooling system to replace the aging steam heating system and multiple window air conditioners in the Historic Franklin County Courthouse along with associated estimates of probable cost were developed and presented to the Franklin County Commissioners.
The Commissioners decided to pursue the hydronic heat pump option with ground heat exchanger. The South lawn of the courthouse was utilized for the ground heat exchanger.
The spacious unused attic was utilized for most of the individual heat pumps with vertical ductwork routed to the individual spaces through new vertical chases. The historical character of the building was thus protected.
The basement boiler room was used for the entrance of the ground heat exchanger piping and for the system pumps. A number of the vaults located throughout the building were also used for mechanical equipment.
Latimer, Sommers and Associates, P.A. Engineers is serving as the prime consultant responsible for the entire project as well as construction administration. Architectural finishes were addressed by Treanor Architects.
The price tag for the construction portion of the project is $1,750,000.
The project received Kansas State Historical Society approval. Once construction is completed, the Owner will apply for tax credits.
Pioneer President's Place
This project involved the renovation of two 1920's school buildings located in Salina, Kansas. Both buildings are listed on the Historic Register and are LEED Certified. The commons area between the two buildings was demolished, leaving two separate buildings with green space between. LSA performed mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design within the brick structures. The developer was pleased as the units were fully rented prior to the project's completion.
Northeast Junior High Place
This project involved the restoration and renovation of a 1923 Junior High School in a challenged Kansas City neighborhood into apartments for elderly residents. This project received the 2009 Award of Excellence by the Kansas Preservation Alliance for outstanding restoration. Classrooms were transformed into 47 studio, one and two bedroom apartments with support spaces, offices and meeting areas. Challenges included not only restoring the building that had been abandoned for five years, but preserving its detail and character while adding extensive plumbing, fire protection, HVAC, and electrical systems in the four story brick and stone structure. Each unit was separately metered and had individual control of its environment.
VA Leavenworth | Eisenhower Ridge Building 19 Restoration and Renovation
The 125 year old structure on the VA campus at Leavenworth, Kansas was originally built as the dining facility for this Veteran’s Administration campus. The VA has leased many buildings to a developer who is restoring and re-purposing the buildings and leasing back to the VA for their programs. This installation is a call center for VA benefits with 400 occupants mostly housed in cubicles. Challenges for this project reached far beyond the structure and Historical Preservation itself. The technology components, high ceilings in some areas and low clearances in others required innovative mechanical solutions and strict coordination with the other design professionals. A water source heat pump system sends a loop of condensing water around the facility to individual units. The main floors of cubicles have a raised floor tall enough to house these air units which distribute air to each occupant’s cubicle at floor level providing enhanced air flow. Power and the massive telecom wiring infrastructure as well as fire alarm, security and other low voltage systems use this underfloor space to serve the needs of the users. A full data processing room located in the basement required redundant power and conditioning. Hidden tunnels, foundations and chases appeared during the process, but timely and complete responses allowed the project to complete on time and without budget concerns.
Dillon House Rehabilitation
The project consisted of the rehabilitation of the existing Dillon House residence in downtown Topeka, KS, at 15,215 SF house with 3 levels and a finished basement originally built in 1912. The basement and main ground level floors were renovated in order to serve as public event spaces with new public restrooms and a catering kitchen. The second and third floors were renovated to serve as new offices for a private historical development firm. A new elevator serving all 4 floors of the house was provided. A new 2 story porch addition, totally enclosed with glass on three sides was designed to be added onto the house building to replicate an old exterior porch that originally exited, but was removed several years ago.
LSA provided the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, tele-data, audio visual, fire alarm, fire sprinkler and security system design for the project. The HVAC system was completely updated to include a combination of traditional DX split systems and a VRF (variable refrigerant flow) system. A new electrical service and distribution system was designed as well as new lighting to compliment the original historic character of the house. A/V design included a new sound and video system for the main level spaces which could be rented out for public seminars or weddings/receptions. Video conferencing systems were also provided in the 2nd and 3rd level offices.
Hyde Park Apartments Renovation
This project consisted of the remodel of an existing 70,500 square foot historic hotel to create a 9-story, 75 unit apartment building. LSA provided the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire alarm design. Additional services provided were telecom and security systems design. A portion of this project included replacement of the existing boiler and chiller plants. Total cost was $5.8M.
The Kansas City Business Journal awarded the Hyde Park Apartment Renovation with a 2010 Capstone Award in the Multi-Family Housing category.
Repurposing a historic downtown office/parking garage into trendy apartments was a challenge in coordination of structure, utilities and spatial considerations that required the attention of the entire design team. The owner chose to create a first floor office/retail section and use the existing garage area on the lower level and half of the first and second levels. The former office space and two levels of the garage were transformed into 45 apartments for this $5.5M project. Roof terrace and patio areas allow for gathering of residents and their guests for entertaining.
Coordination through existing structure for the plumbing, HVAC and wiring aspects of the project required attention to detail for the design team. Garage ventilation, telecommunications service including fiber to the apartments from Google and ventilation for potential restaurant was required to allow full usefulness of the spaces.