Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Art of Louis Sullivan

As Rogers Krajnak Architects progresses with the preparation of the Construction Documents for the adaptive reuse of one of Sullivan’s Jewel Box Banks, the Louis Sullivan Building of Newark project continues to get more publicity including this article in Hyperallergic – a New York based forum for serious, playful, and radical thinking about art in the world today.

Read the Full Article Here.

Thursday, December 14, 2017


RKA is featured in the December 2017 issue of Columbus CEO article about “Old churches find new uses in creative renovations”.  The following is excerpted from that article:

The sheer size of some sanctuaries can make them difficult to repurpose, says Peter Krajnak of the Rogers Krajnak Architects Inc. firm in Downtown Columbus. “The key is to find the right scale for the potential future use,” says Krajnak, a specialist in the design, expansion and renovation of churches. “So many spaces are so cavernous they become difficult to illuminate and to provide proper climate control.” That can make redeveloping a property for residential particularly difficult and expensive.

Krajnak said sanctuaries also are designed to carry sound well. “To create a quiet space can be a challenge,” he says.

Krajnak will not have to figure out how to mitigate that aspect of the sanctuary of the Central Presbyterian Church at 132 S. Third St. as a consultant to performance arts venue operator CAPA. The nonprofit bought the property for $589,000 in June 2013 as a future concert hall.

CAPA, the owner/operator of the venerable Palace Theatre and Ohio Theatre Downtown, bought the property about 19 months after the congregation ceased worshipping in the building, the original use dating back to 1857.

CAPA CEO Chad Whittington says the arts organization has yet to ask designers to put together a detailed plan for the property as it first concentrates on fundraising for the 2018 renovation projects at the Ohio and Palace. “It’s important to have a good plan in place,” Whittington says, comparing the venue to the Southern Theatre restoration and renovation completed in the late 1990s.

The former church will, after eventual renovations, have seating for up to 400. “The structure itself is set up very well for how we operate in the performing arts arena,” Whittington says. “We can take the hall (sanctuary) and freshen it up for use in smaller concerts and recitals.”

Monday, October 23, 2017

RKA Project wins ABC Excellence in Construction Award 2017

Rogers Krajnak Architects congratulates Miles-McClellan Construction Company on winning the Central Ohio Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors' highest Excellence in Construction award, the Eagle Award! The award celebrates Miles-McClellan's superb work on the Rogers Krajnak Architects designed Lifeline of Ohio Addition and Donor Memorial, signifying its innovation and high quality. Rogers Krajnak Architects is pleased to have been part of receiving this honor, and collaborating with Miles-McClellan and Lifeline of Ohio on this special project.

From Left to Right: David McIntosh (M-M), Brad Bloomberg (M-M), Darryl Rogers (RKA), and Kent Holloway (CEO, Lifeline of Ohio)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

RKA Project Featured in Traditional Building Magazine Article

Rogers Krajnak Architects was featured in a profile on the Jeffris Family Foundation in the October issue of the national publication Traditional Building Magazine. The article tells the story of the Jeffris Family Foundation, its goals, and its recent grant award to the Louis Sullivan Building of Newark Project in Newark, Ohio. The profile features commentary from Darryl Rogers and images showing the current and proposed conditions of the Sullivan building.

Read about the Sullivan building in the image below, or read the entire article on their website here.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Saving the Sullivan

Rogers Krajnak Architects recently presented a preview of the proposed design for the restoration of the Louis Sullivan Building of Newark, a national landmark originally designed in 1914 by noted American Architect, Louis H. Sullivan.  Peter Krajnak provided an overview of Sullivan’s career, the 102-year history of the Louis Sullivan Building of Newark, an explanation of the design process, and a flythrough of RKA’s 3D computer model of the project.  The project will preserve the building’s historic significance while transforming the former bank building into a future Visitors Center for Licking County.  The presentation to a gathering of invited guests was held on the stage of the historic Midland Theatre in downtown Newark, Ohio.