|Year(s) Listed: • 2012|
|City/Town: • Fort Riley|
|Location Class: • Government|
|Built: 1941 | Year Saved: N/A|
|Awards: • Preservation Stewardship Award|
|Contributor: Kansas Preservation Alliance|
Built in 1941, the Airfield Operations Building was one of several permanent support structures constructed at Fort Riley’s Marshall Army Airfield in preparation for the nation’s entry into World War II. The building’s original 4th floor observation tower was replaced in 1962 with a pre-fabricated aluminum structure and in 1996 the majority of the building’s steel casement windows were replaced with tinted solid glass sheets.
By removing inappropriate and unsympathetic alterations, and using original drawings and specifications to replicate and replace elements, the exterior of the facility was restored to its 1941 appearance. In continuous use since its construction, the building is currently home to the U.S. Air Force Weather Squadron.
The project team included the Fort Riley Directorate of Public Works Engineering Services Division and the Fort Riley Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division’s Conservation Branch as well as GRACON corp.