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Zimmerman Steel Building

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Built: 1959 | Year Saved: 2021
Contributor: Kansas Preservation Alliance

Zimmerman Steel was built as an industrial manufacturing business for fabrication and sales of structural steel and architectural metal components for the building construction industry. It is comprised of a steel fabrication shop (1959) with an attached one-story office addition on the north end (1963). The steel fabrication shop is an industrial and utilitarian style rigid-frame steel building and the office addition is a mid-century modern style. Lee Zimmerman operated his family’s steel fabrication business out of this facility from 1959 to 2013 when the company was liquidated.

In 2020 Banks Street LLC (whose members are also part of MarLan Construction) purchased the Zimmerman Steel Building, and in 2021 they completed its rehabilitation, turning it into their company headquarters. Rehabilitation work included careful rearrangement of the office area to provide larger private offices while maintaining the spatial effect created by the folded-plate structural-steel roof deck exposed to the interior. It also included expanding new office space into the fabrication shop area without detracting from the interior volume of the production area of the building. Specific rehabilitation items included: installing thicker roof insulation at the office and tapering it close to the roof edges so the original aluminum fascia is retained, adding interior storm windows to the aluminum storefront windows, replacing the insulated panels in the storefront windows with new insulated panels, installing new epoxy flooring in the main office entry area that matches the original epoxy flooring in that area, and rehabilitation of original light fixtures on the front of the building.

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