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.”
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Monday, October 23, 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.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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
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.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Darryl Rogers recently lent his expertise to the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio as one of ten judges for the 2017 Builders Exchange of Central Ohio Craftsmanship Awards. The Craftsmanship awards recognize tradespeople who are key innovators and leaders in their fields, from electricians to masons. Winners are awarded based on “innovation, workmanship, and overall quality of the project.” Rogers Krajnak extends its congratulations to the 2017 Craftsmanship Award winners.