Historic building finalist for award
The National Housing & Rehabilitation Association announced Eisenhower Ridge Building 19 in Leavenworth is a finalist for this year’s J. Timothy Anderson Awards for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation.
The annual “Timmy Awards” honor outstanding real estate projects that involve the rehabilitation and preservation of older and historic buildings nationwide. Building 19 was named as one of two finalists in the category of Best Commercial/Retail/Non-Residential Project. The project rehabilitated a 125-year-old mess hall that historically served Civil War veterans as part of the Western Branch, National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. Now, the building serves modern veterans as the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Plains Consolidated Patient Accounts Center.
Located on a park-like campus, Building 19 was one of 38 historic buildings placed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2000. The historic buildings were saved when developer Pioneer Group, Inc. of Topeka signed an enhanced-use lease with the VA to rehabilitate the structures. The rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of Building 19 is the most recent project to be completed on the campus, bringing 400 new jobs to Kansas and giving new life to the once vacant building.
Designed by Treanor Architects, this rehabilitation and adaptive reuse project preserved the historic character defining features of the building while adding modern amenities for a state-of-the-art office building. Straub Construction Company completed the $14 million rehabilitation project in July 2011.
Pioneer Group, Inc. has been active in redeveloping neighborhoods in city cores and a wide assortment of historical preservation projects and federal government Enhanced Use Lease projects since 1997. The company has worked to address the multitude of factors necessary to develop neighborhoods and feelings of community. Displaying what is perhaps an old-fashioned "pioneering spirit" Pioneer Group originally focused on providing opportunities to lower- and moderate-income individuals to enjoy the shelter of affordable housing in community neighborhoods by providing security, health care education and life skills. More recently, the company’s work has spread to student housing and wide-variety of historic preservation projects.
Treanor Preservation has provided architectural technical assistance to historic property owners on projects ranging from small local buildings to large historically significant properties.