Thursday, September 23, 2021

RKA Completes Renovation of Historic Duplex

RKA and our Clients are celebrating the recent completion of a major renovation to a Craftsman style duplex in historic Victorian Village. The project involved substantial redesign and renovation work, and sensitive restoration to remaining historic elements. The completed project gives this unique multi-family rental property a fresh, upgraded look that compliments the historic charm of the property. Our clients were able to secure tenants for the two units shortly after the project was completed.

Check the project out on our website here:

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Transformation of Coastal Home in Maine

The owners of this home required more than just a refresh for the renovation of this home, which is located on the shoreline of Penobscot Bay, near Castine, Maine.  A new kitchen, expanded study, and renovated Master Suite were reconfigured as the dark knotty pine gave way to a brighter, more cheerful interior finishes.  A new stair with cable railings was created to access one of the two lofts, while new cable railings were installed around the outdoor deck to enhance the unobstructed views through the birch trees to the bay beyond.  The exterior boasts a bold new color scheme with its blue siding, white trim, and chartreuse doors. 

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Construction Progressing Well on Hocking Hills Residence Addition

RKA was pleased to see the progress on this Hocking Hills residence addition, and is excited to see the view from the 2nd floor become even more stunning.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Ohio Theatre Renovation

 RKA celebrates with the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) the successful completion of the renovation of the Loge, Mezzanine, and Balcony seating areas in the historic Ohio Theatre. The goal of the renovation project was to improve patron safety and comfort while maintaining the architectural, acoustical, and theatrical integrity of the landmark theatre.  RKA studied various options for revisions to the cross aisles, stepped aisles, and the seating configuration in the Loge, and the installation of custom designed handrails, guardrails, and hand holds in the Loge, Mezzanine and Balcony. Utilizing 3D computer modeling, RKA modeled all of the new handrails, guardrails and hand holds and confirmed that the sightlines in the theatre are maintained. 

By abstracting the profiles of various components of the theatre’s original railings, RKA created new custom designed steel handrails, guardrails and hand holds which were fabricated with steel plates to create a modern, code compliant, and economical solution. Modifications were made to the sloped and warped concrete flooring areas and new carpeting was installed.  In addition to the improved safety for theatre patrons, the project resulted in the addition of ten new seats in the center of the Loge.  Thanks to Construction Systems, Inc. and CAPA for another great collaboration on this successful project.


Thursday, August 5, 2021

Claire Beskitt joins RKA Design Staff

After graduating from the University of Akron, Claire Beskitt gathered experience in architectural and interior design in the Cleveland area. She was drawn to Columbus by the energy and dynamic nature of the city, and admittedly tiring of winters on Lake Erie. At work, she enjoys the unique challenges that come with all types of projects, from residential to commercial to historic renovations. Outside of the office, Claire enjoys spending time outdoors, baking, and collecting vinyl records. She has a green thumb for house plants, and in her professional career, plans to become a LEED Green Associate to better focus sustainability into future projects.