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Dance Center Nets ICRI Top Honors

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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The transformation of a historic train station power house in Kansas City, MO, has been named Project of the Year by the International Concrete Repair Institute.

The Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, owned by the Kansas City Ballet, netted ICRI's top honor for project engineer and designer Structural Engineering Associates Inc. of Kansas City and repair contractor J.E. Dunn Construction of Kansas City.

Kansas City Ballet
Photos: ICRI

The Bolender Center team earned ICRI's Project of the Year Award and was recognized for incorporating sustainable technologies, including high-performance windows and a white roof. 

The annual ICRI awards were presented Nov. 8 in Las Palmas, CA, and recognize outstanding projects in the concrete repair industry.

ICRI also recently announced changes in the association’s leadership.

Train Station-Turned-Ballet Studio

Though it represented a bustling surge of early 20th-century ingenuity, the Union Station complex building sat vacant for more than four decades.

The Union Passenger Station Power House, as it was originally named, provided energy for the train station and a number of surrounding buildings. It was constructed during 1913 and 1914 and designed by the famous period architect Jarvis Hunt from Chicago, IL.

The building’s structural steel frame is composed of hot-rolled, built-up steel sections with riveted connections and load-bearing, multi-wythe brick masonry exterior walls, according to ICRI. The walls are complemented with architectural terra cotta bands and façade inlays, which are supported by exposed reinforced concrete foundation walls.

“With its age and exposure, the structural components of the building experienced moderate-to-severe corrosion and deterioration of the interior and exterior structural concrete, masonry, and steel framing elements,” ICRI reported.

Making a new home for the Kansas City Ballet while reusing an existing historic structure required significant historic restoration, ICRI noted.

“However, with a carefully programmed renovation and structural modifications, the design team was able to save the building and meet the requirements of the performing arts organization,” the institute said.

Various sustainable technologies were used in the project, including a white roof and high-performance windows, earning the project a separate award for sustainability from the ICRI.

Excellence Honored

ICRI also presented eight 2012 Awards of Excellence for historic, industrial, transportation and other categories. Project descriptions and teams are available by clicking the project name below.


The historic Hotel Monaco cornice repair project (left) in Washington, DC, and the Saskatoon City Hospital Repairs in Saskatoon, SK, Canada, were two of the projects called out as excellent examples of concrete repair, according to ICRI.

Merit, Sustainability Awards

The association also awarded 11 Awards of Merit. Project descriptions are available by clicking on the project name below.

Merit awards

The Marriott Frenchman's Reef Ocean Tower and Water Cistern Repairs project (left), Brick Masonry Restoration at Nicollet Towers (middle) and the Point Arena Lighthouse Restoration were honored with merit awards.

ICRI also awarded two projects the Sustainability Award. The awards were based on a separate, optional 300-word description on the sustainable aspects of the project. In addition to the Bolender Center, the Commonwealth Stadium Structural Rehabilitation in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, also received this honor.

The ICRI Awards

Projects awarded ICRI awards are judged based on the uniqueness, use of state-of-the-art methods, use of materials, functionality, value engineering, and aesthetics.

Entries are received from around the world, and the winning projects are honored each year at the annual ICRI Awards dinner and reception event at the ICRI Fall Convention.

New Officers Elected

ICRI has also announced the election of its 2013 officers.

William “Bud” Earley, of Aquafin Inc., has been elected president. Earley succeeds Garth Fallis, of Vector Corrosion Technologies, who will continue as a member of the board.

ICRI membership also elected the following officers:

  • President-Elect—Michael Tabassi, PE, Tadjer-Cohen-Edelson Associates Inc.
  • Vice President—Katherine Klosowski-Blatz, BASF Building Systems
  • Secretary—Keith Harrison, Capital Restoration & Waterproofing Inc.
  • Treasurer—Brian Daley, C.A. Lindman, Inc.

The membership also voted in five new board members, who are serving three-year terms that began Jan. 1:

  • Jeffery S. Barnes—Atlantic Restoration Corp.
  • Michael Breetz—Structural Systems Repair Group.
  • Tanya Wattenburg Komas—CSU, Chico, Concrete Industry Management
  • Chris Lippmann—Kenseal Construction Products Corp.
  • Jessi Meyer—Cortec Corp.

ICRI is a nonprofit association with more than 2,000 members worldwide. The association is billed as a leading resource for education and information to improve the quality of repair, restoration and protection of concrete and other structures.


Tagged categories: Awards and honors; Concrete repair; International Concrete Repair Institute; Maintenance coating work; Renovation

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