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JUN 2019

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the saved original wood flooring was re-installed alongside new. Three of the main-floor bays had tin ceiling pan- els and cornice—each with a different design. AƁer sorting through large piles to determine what could be reused, Tru-Built shipped originals of each style to W.F. Norman, a company that still replicates tin ceiling parts. New pieces from the company were installed alongside the repaired original tin ceiling and cornices. This is just one example of the team of subcontractors and suppliers Steve and Tucker worked with and managed. While lo- cal subcontractors and suppliers were utilized as much as possible, contributions also came from the Nebraska cities of Omaha, Lincoln, Hastings, Holdrege, Grand Island, Kearney and others. Back to Glory This project was the largest construction activity in Red Cloud in many years. The town's residents all seem to have personal memories of the build- ing and its past uses. In addition to community interest, there were many board members, donors, architectural groups and historical society mem- bers who were interested in following the construc- tion progress, so Tru-Built facilitated several tours during different phases. Since the completion of the project, the overall look of the downtown area of the city is highly noticeable. The significance of the National Willa Cather Center is far greater than the building that was remodeled. This project is considered a major milestone in recognizing Willa Cather's enduring legacy in the town of Red Cloud. family. Because of the delicacy of such materials, it is necessary for them to be housed in a strict climate-controlled environment. The process of creating such an area involved blocking original windows but still maintaining the restored appear- ance with trim and masonry. A malleable plastic barrier was installed around the walls below the roof and above the ceiling. Specialized mechanical equipment was installed to maintain a consistent temperature and strict humidity conditions. Emphasis on Reuse From the beginning of the project, the entire team focused on the historical preservation of many of the 1885 building's original features, such as tin ceiling panels, interior trim and doors, hardware, brick and wood flooring. These items were care- fully removed then either safely stored on site or transported to off-site facilities for stripping, repair and refinishing. Stacks of millwork had to be sorted through to determine what was damaged beyond repair and what could be reused with new mill- work designed to replicate the original. Doors and jambs were repaired to be functional but still show years of distress for historical purposes within the Tru-Built workshop. The door hardware had to be counted, stripped of years of dirt, grime, multiple layers of paint, and then polished to look new. Wood floors on the second floor had been se- verely damaged over the years due to water leaking from the roof. A portion of the flooring was re- used aƁer being carefully removed board by board and nail by nail. Large holes in the sub-floor were filled, two layers of gypcrete were poured, and then Commercial storefronts, such as the one to the left, and state-of-the-art archives storage (above) were created during the project yet incorporate existing elements from the original building, including the tin ceiling and original trim and masonry. Members of the team who brought the National Willa Cather Center project to fruition, from left to right: Bo Jones, co-owner, Tru-Built Construction; Tucker Lange, project manager, Tru-Built Construction; Roger Slosson, project manager/ senior associate, BVH Architecture; Steve Powell, co-owner, project superintendent, Tru-Built Construc- tion; Ashley Olson, executive director of The Willa Cather Foundation; and Adam Ramaekers of Project Advocates. DESIGNER'S NOTEBOOK 26 June 2019 QualifiedRemodeler.com

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