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JUN 2019

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Over the years, a majority of the nearly block long structure had been modified. The Moon Block building is constructed of primarily brick exterior with wood storefronts, while the interior is wood joists on post and beam and brick supporting walls. AƁer an initial, careful demolition phase, the ar- chitectural and design teams were able to get a better perspective of what the project would entail and develop a plan. Some of the issues found were floor elevations did not match, fire damage, the diverse direction of structural framing, and many inconsistent paint colors and materials used. On the exterior, the historic wood storefronts were one of the biggest project challenges. Three of the storefronts were poorly replicated and had been replaced in the 1980s; the other two had lower portions cut out and replaced with a modern shed roof and awning. Knowing this area needed spe- cial attention, Tru-Built hired Schamber Historic Preservation to help with the storefront's preser- vation and restoration. One of the most interesting components of the renovation was the archives room, which houses the nation's largest collection of materials related to the life and works of Willa Cather, such as original artifacts, historic photographs, rare books, art and personal possessions belonging to Cather and her MASTER DESIGN AWARDS 2018 LIGHT COMMERCIAL BRONZE REMODELER INFORMATION Tru-Built Construction Lincoln, Neb. tru-built.net Superintendent: Steve Powell Project manager: Tucker Lange ARCHITECT INFORMATION BVH Architecture Omaha, Neb. bvh.com SUBCONTRACTOR INFORMATION Schamber Historic Preservation LLC Hays and Damar, Kan. schamberhistoricpreservation.com PROJECT INFORMATION Project name: National Willa Cather Center Project location: Red Cloud, Neb. Square footage renovation: 22,700 Square footage addition: 2,200 Final phase project cost: $3.65 million PRODUCT INFORMATION Wood restoration: Abatron Liquid Wood and Wood Epox Roofing: Johns Manville Exterior paint: Tnemec Interior paint: Sherwin-Williams Interior wood doors: Supa Doors Door hardware: Falcon, Glynn-Johnson, IVES, Johnson Hardware, Allegion, Pemko, Rockwood Curtainwall system: Manko Window Systems Skylights: Kalwall and Velux Window blinds: Hunter Douglas Tile: American Olean, Caesar Ceramics, Daltile Resilient floor: Forbo Carpet: Nexus HVAC: Carrier and RenewAire Lighting fixtures: Lithonia, Pinnacle, Gotham, Elite, Lighting Science, Scott, Bartco Liton Elevator: thyssenkrupp Elevator Corp. Appliances: GE Appliances Plumbing fixtures: Kohler, Elkay, American Standard Toilet, bath, laundry appliances: ASI and Moen Cabinets: Merillat The National Willa Cather Center, in the Moon Block building, is an arts and cultural center that houses a public museum, bookstore, research center, classroom, art gallery and performing arts center as well as the Willa Cather Foundation office. QualifiedRemodeler.com June 2019 25

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