Latimer Sommers & Associates, P.A.
3639 SW Summerfield Dr
Topeka, KS 66614
Kansas City Office
8625 College Boulevard
Overland Park, KS 66210
The Security Benefit headquarters is a 320,000 SF corporate office building located on Security Benefit’s 50 acre campus and is also home to seven separate satellite buildings. Working directly with the owner, the goal of this project was to provide a customized state-of-the-art facility that would meet the needs of Security Benefit far into the 21st century. Some of the unique MEP features that were implemented to meet these objectives include: 1) Underfloor Supply Air Distribution; 2) Networked Personnel Environment Modules; 3) Computerized lighting control for all building lighting circuits; 4) LEED design of an MEP, HVAC mechanical system; 5) Wireless thermostats; 6) Award Winning Lighting Design; 7) Underfloor modular wiring system serving 700 workstations.
This project involved the renovation of the Lawrence Journal World and World Company News Room facility, as well as a new addition to their offices in Lawrence, Kansas. The HVAC and electrical systems were replaced and designed to integrate with the existing historic structure and functionality of the office facility.
This two-story 10,000 square foot office resides in a prominent hillside location in southwest Topeka. It houses multiple tenants that have a range of office sizes. The air conditioning system is zoned to accommodate this range of office types. Exterior lighting highlights the brick and stucco façade and accents prominent features. A cost effective approach to systems and materials allowed the building owner to maximize return on investment while still providing Class A office space for the users.
This project includes the replacement of the existing low pressure steam piping, a steam pressure reducing station (PRV), condensate return piping and drip leg/trap assemblies to provide heat to the Landon State Office Building. The antiquated and convoluted piping that existed in the building for years with old cast fittings, was replaced with a new piping system with routing, placement of PRV station and relief valves designed for maximum maintenance simplicity and reliability.
This project involved a 35,000 SF addition and 26,000 SF remodel of the
Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Company (KaMMCO) and Kansas Medical Society (KMS) building. The MEP design involved updating the existing boiler plant and main electrical circuit breaker panel board
to accommodate the new addition and renovated areas.
The design work for the remodeled areas involved the following improvements: VAV boxes and luminaires were replaced; plumbing, HVAC, electrical, lighting and fire alarm systems were reworked to accommodate the new floor plan; the existing fire alarm system was replaced; all pneumatic controls in the existing building were replaced with DDC controls; emergency branch panel boards were provided in the existing building to feed emergency lighting, an emergency computer, and stand-by heating loads; and a new sprinkler system was installed.
LSA has been the MEP engineer for this ongoing renovation of the 300,000 square foot office building for the corporate headquarters since 1991. This remodel has included the design of an ultra-sonic humidity system throughout the entire area; design of one 250 kW and two 750 kW diesel powered generator sets to furnish 100% backup power; and remodel of many different areas including air conditioning, lighting, protected power, fire alarm upgrades, and security system. Throughout the duration of this project, there have been numerous mechanical and electrical improvements such as a new cafeteria, a new data center, and security improvements and renovations as well as modifications required to accommodate numerous open office reconfigurations/improvements.
LSA provided the MEP and security system design for this new four-story facility for Heritage Bank in Topeka, Kansas. The first floor and basement are occupied by Heritage Bank and includes a drive-thru, teller windows, offices and concrete vault. There is also a coffee shop located within the facility. In addition, MEP systems were provided to support future tenant finish for the second and third floors.
This project involved the floor-by-floor renovation of Hill's Pet
Nutrition's corporate offices. The seven-story building contained general offices, a computer center, call center, conference areas and a full service cafeteria.
Each floor received a complete renovation including a new fire alarm system and HVAC modifications. It was also outfitted with the latest in lighting systems, lighting control and HVAC. The project also included design for the complete telecommunications system with voice and video over a fiber optic backbone.
AmVestors Financial was the original owner of the building which has now been purchased by Amerus Group which also provides financial services for individuals. This site was home to First National Bank of Topeka until 1995 when it was imploded to make room for this new structure. A new presence was formed by this stone and glass exterior with dramatic double-stacked three story atriums. These open atriums challenged the HVAC system to maintain a proper environment for open office workers as well as enclosed offices. Underground parking occupied the first level with the six stories plus mechanical penthouse above. The high rise occupancy type required pressurized stairs, security station, domestic water booster, fire pump, back-up power and atrium venting. A full scale Data Room housed servers with full redundant power, air conditioning, an inert gas fire suppression system and a raised floor for wiring. A premier conference room with state-of-the-art video conferencing, interactive white board and full remote control features caps the building.