Monica Bacon and Dee Ruzicka

Monica Bacon and Dee Ruzicka

August 22, 2008

MAI Architectural Historians Inventory Historic Resources at Naval Base Guam

From July 14 to July 25, MAI architectural historians Monica Bacon and Dee Ruzicka conducted a Historic Facility Inven- tory of Naval Base Guam. They evaluated 182 buildings, structures, and facilities constructed between 1945 and 1966 to determine their potential eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places.

Dee did the field work, photographing and taking detailed notes on each building to evaluate its historical integrity, while Monica searched the Navy's Plan Files for architectural drawings that would document the original design and history of alterations of each resource.

Working under a Navy contract with International Archaeological Resource Institute, Inc., Dee and Monica will create a database that includes date of con- struction, era, NHRP eligibility, and significance criteria for each property and, with Cold War historian Karen Weitze, will prepare a report that includes a historical overview of the resources at Naval Base Guam.


Historic Hawaii Foundation Honors Work on Schofield Barracks' Quads C and E

June 12, 2008

Historic Hawai‘i Foundation Honors Work on Schofield Barracks' Quads C and E

At a ceremony at the Bishop Museum on May 1, the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation presented a Preservation Honor Award to Mason Architects, the U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nan, Inc., and Architects Hawai‘i for their rehabilitation of Quads C and E, Schofield Barracks.

The two quadrangles, built in 1916 and 1920, respectively, are among the five remaining quads that form the central core of the Schofield Barracks Historic District, listed on the National Register. Each of the quads originally consisted of an administration building and three barracks buildings around an open courtyard.

Beginning in 2003, the Design/Build team of Mason Architects and Nan, Inc. renovated Building 550 and 551 in Quad E. Building 550 is designed to house battalion headquarters and operations facilities for four companies. Building 551, once three open floors of barracks, is now partitioned into 66 two-person living units. The design goal was to integrate AT/FP, sustainability, and security measures while restoring the historically significant exteriors of the buildings.

One of the most absorbing aspects of the job, says John Fullmer, project architect, was to examine the old photographs of the buildings and recreate their Second Renaissance Revival exteriors as closely as possible.

"In addition, bringing back the original open lanai at the ground floor of Building 550 along Foote Avenue proved a challenge both functionally and technically, but by working closely with Nan, Inc. and the Army we were able to bring back this important historical feature."


New Faces

March 10, 2008

New Faces

Over the last few months we have added seven new staff members to MAI. Caught in a moment of group unity and focus, they are (top row) Julian Pham, architectural intern; Randall Hagloch, AIA, project architect; Christian Hastings, architectural intern; (bottom row) Wendy Wichman , architectural historian; Anna Grune, architectural intern and architectural historian; Caitlin Thrasher, architectural intern; and Monica Bacon, architectural historian.