Historical Renovations

The following are recent projects we worked on associated with historical renovations. To see other industries, please click the navigation to the right. For more information, please contact us!

Brown Grand Theatre
Location | Concordia, Kansas
Owner | City of Concordia
Architect | Dudley Williams & Associates
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The focus of this project was restoration to the theatre's stage and backstage amenities. The Brown Grand Theatre was built in 1907 and the updates implemented were the finishing touches to three decades of work the City of Concordia executed on the building. Once Eby finished the final renovations, The Brown Grand Theatre was awarded the Kansas Preserve Alliance's Medallion Award for Rehabilitation for their efforts in restoring the historical building back to its original working order.

Burford Theatre Renovation
Location | Arkansas City, Kansas
Owner | Arkansas City Arts Council
Architect | William Morris Associates
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The historic Burford Theatre opened in 1924 in Arkansas City, Kansas. After being donated to the Arkansas City Arts Council in 2004, a project to renovate the theatre was initiated. In December 2014 Eby began Phase I of the 3-phase, 12,000 sf renovation. The first phase included work in the foyer, atrium, small gallery and upper stage. Phase II of the project consisted of work in the auditorium, lower stage and promenade area. The auditorium’s decorative plaster torsade features were re-molded and the ceilings and walls were repainted in the original 1930’s color scheme. Also included in this phase were new concessions and popcorn serving area cabinets in the lower promenade and rebuilding a second staircase. Phase III will include carpeting, upper promenade and restroom finishes and installation of theatre equipment. Work will begin on this phase once all funds are raised. 

Cooper Hall Renovation and Addition
Location | Sterling, Kansas
Owner | Sterling College
Architect | Gould Evans Associates, LC
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This project was the renovation of the "Old Main" building, a four-story historical limestone structure, located on the Sterling College campus. The project also included the construction of a 1,200 sf addition. The building had been standing vacant since 1989, when it was closed due to the limestone shifting. Sterling College chose restoration over demolition of the 115-year old building. This project was partially supported by a Heritage Trust Fund grant from the Kansas State Historical Society. The work included selective demolition of existing floors, walls, ceilings and associated mechanical, electrical and plumbing. The renovation work included cleaning and repainting the existing masonry walls, injection grouting of masonry walls, repairing roof and floor framing, reinforcement of window sills, relaying and plumbing existing stone walls, replacing cracked stone, installing new window systems and new roofing and construction of new wood framed walls and concrete slab on grade. Construction of the new addition included wood-framed interior walls, stone veneer and concrete masonry backup and steel beam with metal deck roof structure.

McPherson Opera House
Location | McPherson, Kansas
Owner | McPherson Opera House
Architect | ADS Architects
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Prior to construction, the project team (made up of the owner, architect and Eby) worked together on design and preconstruction services for over seven months to discuss current and future issues related to safety, budget, quality and schedule. Issues were discussed early on to promote innovative solutions resulting in lower risk of cost overruns and delays. With multiple conceptual estimates and plans revision required for the individual phases of work, the project required flexibility and extensive communication between Eby, the subcontractors and the architect to complete the desired vision. Plans, materials and methods were re-evaluated almost daily. The McPherson Opera House had its re-grand opening exactly 125 years after its initial grand opening.