Latimer Sommers & Associates, P.A.
3639 SW Summerfield Dr
Topeka, KS 66614
This multi-phase, $350 million restoration project involves a complete renovation of the first through fifth floors of the historic Kansas Statehouse as well as expansion of the basement and a new 550-car, bi-level underground parking garage.
Special consideration is taken to preserve the historical characteristics of the building while maximizing the building's function with massive improvements to the electrical, heating, plumbing, and cooling systems as well as upgrades to the telecommunications infrastructure.
Mechanical spaces, originally located in the basement, have been removed to make way for ground floor office space. New underground mechanical vaults have been added to each of the four quadrants of the building to house the new main mechanical and electrical infrastructure for the building.
LSA was engaged as a member of the design team for the Kansas Statehouse Preservation and Restoration project to design and provide construction administration and observation services for the relocation of the existing double ended primary electrical service entrance and distribution equipment in order to allow construction of the visitor center and parking garage. The existing service was located below the north exterior stair with primary feeders routed through the area scheduled to be excavated for the parking garage. A new primary feed to the building was designed, along with new transformers and main distribution switches. This new equipment was located in the ground floor of the Kansas Statehouse. The existing building distribution system was connected to this new service. The work was done in such a manner so as to allow the building to remain operational during the renovations. Once the new service was completed, the old service was removed. The work was closely coordinated with the local primary electrical service provider. As a subsequent part of the overall project, since the Docking State Office Building was fed by primary feeders routed through the ground floor of the Kansas Statehouse, a new primary electrical service to the Docking State Office Building was designed and constructed. This allowed the existing primary conductors to be removed from spaces scheduled to be renovated for occupancy as a part of the Preservation and Restoration project.
In addition, LSA provided construction administration and observation services for the East and West Wing phases of the project. LSA provided design, development of construction contract documents and construction administration and observation services for the South and North Wing phases of the project.