Treanor Architects Blog/News

Classification and alternative sentencing: two steps forward for county jails

2016-10-27 Posted By: Anne Dillon

Media headlines across the country tell the story. In Boulder County, Colorado, a 239-bed jail that holds 500 people some nights reported seven deaths between 2012-2015. In Jackson County Jail in Kansas City, the potential sexual assault of two women inmates by male inmates is rekindling debates about the deteriorating 30-year-old building and its safe operation.

Tennessee’s Bradley County jail notified local law enforcement officials in August that it can no longer accept prisoners, after the Tennessee Corrections Institute cited the jail as overcrowded and understaffed. According to state figures, 30% of that state’s county jails are at more than 90% capacity overall, and jails are at 89% of their total female capacity. In Carroll County, Indiana, temporary “canoe” cots have handled overflow until officials decried the practice. In Bannock County, Idaho, $300,000 a year is being allocated to rent beds from other counties.

Even in county jails where overcrowding is less of an issue, growth in special populations and subpopulations are changing daily operations. The simple county jail of 20 years ago has grown much more complex.


Carey & Co Joins TreanorHL

2016-10-06 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Carey & Co., a prominent architectural and preservation firm headquartered in San Francisco, has joined TreanorHL, a national architectural firm with a highly successful preservation practice

“Looking toward the future, we decided it was time to join forces with a like-minded firm,” commented Nancy Goldenberg, Carey & Co principal. “We intentionally searched for a firm that cared as much about historic architecture as we do. TreanorHL quickly rose to the top as the most compatible firm with a studio solely focused on historic preservation.” 

Carey & Co.’s award winning historic preservation and architectural services align with the values and expertise of the TreanorHL Preservation studio. Both firms believe that older and historic buildings are an essential part of contemporary communities. 

“As one firm we will work to connect the past to the present by restoring and rehabilitating historic buildings for contemporary uses,” said K. Vance Kelley, TreanorHL Preservation principal. “Carey & Co. will continue to provide the high-quality services its clients have grown to expect. The only notable change to the company is the name. It is now referred to as Carey & Co., a TreanorHL Company.”

As it did before, Carey & Co will continue to specialize in historic preservation, providing architectural design, materials conservation, cultural resource assessment, historic resource surveying/planning, and historic district master planning services. 

“Bringing Carey & Co. into the TreanorHL family was an easy choice,” said Dan Rowe, TreanorHL president. “Our similar values—dedication to restoring historic properties and commitment to our staff—made for a natural fit between our two firms. With their deep roots in California, we are excited about the opportunities to grow in the area.”

We are TreanorHL

2016-08-08 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Effective August 8, 2016, we are excited to announce our company name: TreanorHL.

“We considered several options during the renaming process—options ranging from a brand new name to keeping one of our current names—in the end we wanted to respect the nature of who we are,” said Dan Rowe, TreanorHL president and chief executive officer. “Our new name respects the long histories of both Treanor Architects and H+L Architecture while reflecting the aspirations of the new firm.”

The merger was announced in January 2016. Since then, leadership has united the firm by incorporating best practices and shaping focused studios based on the areas of expertise.

“A merger is announced in a singular moment, but the act of merging is an ongoing effort,” said Scott Kuehn, TreanorHL chief operating officer. “We have diligently combined our firms, working to maintain the best practices in project management and design. Because of our shared values and client-centered practice the process has gone well and our studios are a natural evolution of our practice.”

TreanorHL will continue to focus on areas of expertise and thought leadership, allowing us to provide the best solutions for each of our client’s specific needs. We have specialized Studios in design for advanced industries, education, healthcare, housing/mixed-use, justice, preservation, science and technology, and student life.

“While our name has evolved, our commitment to our clients, our communities, and our employees remains the same,” said Kuehn. “This strategic growth allows us to focus on our passion, such as healthcare, education, and advanced industries, while offering new services to the Denver and Colorado Springs communities.”


Two Treanor-led educational sessions at ACUHO-I 2016

2016-06-27 Posted By: Olivia Marshall

Treanor is teaming up with Texas A&M University and Hamad bin Khalifa University for two educational sessions at the the 2016 ACUHO-I Annual Conference & Exposition.

A session called, "New Evidence Informs Future Living-Learning Center Design" will explore a program to assess planning and design for Texas A&M's, Hullabaloo hall, and will be presented by Nadia Zhiri and Sharmin Kader of the Treanor Student Life Studio and Chareny Ridyl, Director of Texas A&M Residence Life.

In an interactive session titled, "Accommodating Global Diversity in 21st Century Student Housing," Nadia Zhiri and Jamil Karam and Rakesh Gupta from Hamad bin Khalifa University will share lessons learned through the experience of building a Platinum LEED-certified housing complex.

Hospitals have until November to prepare for new CMS rule

2016-06-16 Posted By: Olivia Marshall

The Joint Commission says hospitals will have until November to prepare for new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements. CMS will begin surveying health care facilities on its new Conditions of Participation (CoPs) on November 7, 2016, after the CoP effective date of July 5. Beginning November 7, facilities will need to comply with the new CoPs, which adopt the 2012 editions of NFPA 101: Life Safety Code® and NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code.

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Anita Picozzi Moran shares her take on educational design among top Dallas architects

2016-06-15 Posted By: Olivia Marshall

The Dallas Center for Architecture is holding a panel discussion, inviting local architects to speak on the exhibit "A Place for Learning: Designing Educational Spaces."

This Thursday, Anita Picozzi Moran will join architects from Dallas' finest firms to discuss the best spaces for learning and how they are being designed for the future. They will examine projects designed specifically for peer learning, transparency as a safety measure, collaboration and the community captured by school design.

The panel discussion will be preceded by a reception at 6:00 p.m. with the discussoin beginning at 6:30 p.m. AIA members can earn 1.0 HSW/SD credit for attendance. Find out more, here.

Three Treanor Designed Buildings Listed as Highest-Rated LEED Certified Buildings in the St. Louis Area

2016-04-27 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Three Treanor-designed buildings were recently recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal in The List: Highest-Rated LEED-Certified Buildings. This list ranked LEED-certified local* buildings by the percentage of USGBC LEED standards met. 

  • Sheet Metal Workers AFL-CIO Local 36 Union Hall took first on the list meeting 89.86% of the LEED Platinum standards. 
  • Staples Promtional Products tied with two other buildings for seventh on the list meeting 76.36% of the LEED Platinum standards. 
  • Page Business Center was listed 17th on the list meeting 65.57% of the LEED Gold standards. 

* Local is defined by the St. Louis Business Journal as St. Louis, St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren, Franklin, Washington and Jefferson counties and the city of St. Louis in Missouri; and St. Clair, Madison, Jersey, Clinton, Calhoun, Macoupin, Bond and Monroe counties in Illinois.

Sheet Metal Workers AFL-CIO Local 36 Union Hall ranked #1 on St. Louis Business Journal's Highest-Rated LEED-Certified Buildings list.Sheet Metal Workers AFL-CIO Local 36 Union Hall ranked #1 on St. Louis Business Journal's Highest-Rated LEED-Certified Buildings list.
Page Business Center ranked #17 on St. Louis Business Journal's Highest-Rated LEED-Certified Buildings list.Page Business Center ranked #17 on St. Louis Business Journal's Highest-Rated LEED-Certified Buildings list.

Dillon House Recognized as One of Preservation's Best of 2015

2016-03-14 Posted By: Patty Weaver

The Dillon House rehabilitation was recognized this past week as one of Preservation's Best of 2015. Every year Preservation Action, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Trust Community Investment Corporation recognize projects that demonstrate exemplary use of the Historic Tax Credit. The HTC is a driver of economic development in our nation's cities and small towns by taking historically significant buildings, that are underutilized and vacant, and turning them into viable community assets for our modern economy.

The awards presentation took place during the annual National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week's Congressional Reception in Washington, D.C.

Vance Kelley accepts the award on behalf of Treanor. L-R: Russ Carnahan, Preservation Action president, Shanon Miller, PA board chair, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, and Merrill Hoopengardner, National Trust Community Investment Corporation president.Vance Kelley accepts the award on behalf of Treanor. L-R: Russ Carnahan, Preservation Action president, Shanon Miller, PA board chair, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, and Merrill Hoopengardner, National Trust Community Investment Corporation president.

Robert Koenig becomes a John G. Williams Fellow

2016-03-10 Posted By: Jac Samp

Treanor is proud to announce that Robert Koenig, an associate principal with the healthcare design team, became a John G. Williams Fellow, as a continuation of his support of and dedication to the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas.

Shoptalk: Caen Stone Plaster

2016-02-04 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Shoptalk—deciphering architectural and historic preservation jargon one word at a time!

Caen stone plaster

a type of plaster mixed to look like the limestone quarried in northwestern France near the city of Caen, Normandy; a blend of  colored sand, pigment, mica and quartz that reproduces the sparkling look and texture of limestone (Sources: Cyril M. Harris, Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture, Dover Publications, Inc., 1977.; Specialty Plaster LLC, Caenstone, accessed Feb. 4, 2016,

Caen stone plaster was created in an attempt to replicate the yellowish color and rippled-figure texture of the Caen stone used to build churches and prominent buildings in the medieval period. The plaster was popular from the late 1800s to the early 1900s and was applied over either lath or masonry as the finish coat or in all three coats of plaster. (Source: Association of the Wall & Ceiling Industry, Wachuwannano, accessed Feb 4, 2016,

First, let's look at an example of Caen stone.
Church of Saint-PierreThe Church of Saint-Pierre, constructed between the early 13th and 16th centuries in Caen, is an example of a building with Caen stone. Note the light, creamy-yellow color of the limestone. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Martin',, accessed Feb. 4, 2016.)

Now for an example of Caen stone plaster.
Caen stone plaster is present in the Great Overland Station's main waiting room. Drawings from the 1927 building, located in Topeka, Kan., show where "imitation Caen stone" should be installed.

Great Overland Station Main Waiting Room
Caen stone plaster was use to decorate a portion the waiting room walls.

Great Overland Station Clock Wall Elevation
This original elevation of the main waiting room clock indicates where "imitation Caen stone" should be used.

Great Overland Station Clock Wall
The main waiting room clock wall after restoration.

Great Overland Station Window Wall
This original elevation of the main waiting room wall facing the street indicates where "imitation Caen stone" should be used.

Great Overland Station Window Wall
The main waiting room after restoration.