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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • CPAC building recognized with award

  • The restoration of a building on the grounds of the Leavenworth VA campus will be recognized next week with an award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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  • The restoration of a building on the grounds of the Leavenworth VA campus will be recognized next week with an award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
    The National Trust for Historic Preservation will present its Preservation Honor Award for the restoration of Leavenworth Building 19, which now houses the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Plains Consolidated Patient Accounts Center, according to a news release from the National Trust.
    The project is one of the 22 award winners to be honored during the National Trust’s 2012 National Preservation Conference in Spokane, Wash. The award will be presented Friday.
    The combination of a National Historic Landmark, a group of grassroots preservationists and an innovative public-private partnership made the newly restored Leavenworth Building 19 possible, according to the release.
    This 1886 Romanesque Revival building was the dining hall at the Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, but when operations moved to a new campus the facility was abandoned.
    In 1999, when officials proposed demolition, concerned citizens formed Veterans Administration Leavenworth Opportunity for Reuse, or V.A.L.O.R.
    V.A.L.O.R. and developer Pioneer Group worked tirelessly with the VA to find alternatives to demolition. They secured private funds through the Enhanced Use Lease program and began the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of Building 19 into office space. Historic features were preserved, insensitive alterations were removed, and modern office amenities were added. Once used to serve meals to disabled veterans, Leavenworth Building 19 now houses a new VA medical records office that brought 400 jobs to town, according to the release.
    “While each is unique, this year’s outstanding Honor Award winners all reflect the importance of protecting what is special and irreplaceable,” Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, said in the release.
    The award will be presented to the Pioneer Group. Co-recipients are the Department of Veteran Affairs CPAC, Spencer Preservation, Straub Construction, Treanor Architects and VA Leavenworth Opportunity for Reuse.
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