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Eisenhower Ridge Building 19

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Built: 1886 | Year Saved: 2011
Contributor: Kansas Preservation Alliance

In 2000, Building 19 was placed on the National Trust’s 11 Most Endangered Places list as part of a group of 38 buildings slated for demolition at the VA’s Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center campus. The 1886 building was saved when it was selected by the VA as the location for its new Central Plains Consolidated Patient Account Center office. The building’s adaptive reuse and rehabilitation preserved historic character-defining features while adding modern amenities. Completed in 2011, the project utilized the building’s large open areas for flexible office systems and incorporated a raised floor to support IT requirements. Historic plaster, woodwork, doors and ornate metal columns were restored, while new MEP, life safety systems and ADA modifications were integrated. Exterior work included restoration of the grand front porch, exterior masonry and original wood windows as well as a roof replacement.

The project was funded through private investments, federal and state historic preservation tax credits, and an Economic Development Grant.

The project team included Pioneer Group, Spencer Preservation, Treanor Architects, Straub Construction, Professional Engineering Consultants and Latimer Sommers & Associates.

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