HAAS HALL ACADEMY
The existing Lane Hotel was adapted and restored to provide a High School for 430 students and maintain it as a National Registered property.
The original hotel, known as "The Palace of the Ozarks", was a 5-story cast in place concrete structure, with an elevated terrace. A coffee shop, Hotel Manager's Apartment and kitchen were added later, but from 2005, the building was unoccupied. The school's program required a capacity of 430 students and preservation of Historic Architectural elements on the second floor and exterior. All existing MEP/Elevator systems would be replaced at 4 stories. Life safety concerns focused on building egress and meeting the structural requirement for the IBC Code. There were no interior fire stairs in the original structure and limited vertical circulation. Two enclosed fire stair towers and a building fire sprinkler system were added. Structural concerns were addressed by carbon fiber cloth and epoxy, reinforcing the cast in place columns and beams at their critical stress points. The fiber wrap system eliminated the need for continuous shear walls. Floors 1,3,4 & 5 are used for classrooms, student support and 35 teaching stations. Restoration focused on the second floor, removing/installing plaster ceilings and reinstalling original carved & painted redwood boxed beams after M/E and fire sprinkler installation. Oak panels, travertine marble floors, quarry tile floors and original light fixtures were restored. New aluminum clad wood windows were used, the cornice repaired, and it was re-roofed using the original clay roof tiles.
Restoration of the Lane Hotel was a gift of love to the community. It served as a major historic landmark in the City of Rogers. Following its time as a hotel, the building was used as a nursing home and then stood empty until 2005. Investors considered using it for a boutique hotel, but that idea was abandoned when the cost of the project grew too high. It is an amazing structure and will serve the community for many more years.
For egress, two fire stair towers were added to the building in contrasting, but complimentary materials, which were used to denote a new addition to the historic building.
The redwood cladding over the concrete beams was removed. These panels were cleaned, repaired and reinstalled after the structural reinforcement was completed to the beams. The quarter sawn oak wall panels were cleaned and refinished. The original light fixtures were repaired and are now fully functional. the steam radiators were converted to hot water radiators and the original quarry tile floors were cleaned.
The fireplace terra-cotta panels, mantle and stippled plaster walls, were cleaned and repaired. Original squirrel wheel fans can be seen at the base of the light fixtures.
We removed the original plaster ceiling to access the concrete beams for structural reinforcement. It had to be lowered one foot to accommodate fire sprinkler piping, HVAC ductwork for dining room & lobby next door. The travertine marble floors were retained and cleaned. The common theme that unified the five spaces on the second floor was the various unique light fixtures. The units were either in place or discovered in the first floor storage rooms.
The addition, which was named The Orchard Room, had been well maintained. We found the original copper chandeliers, which were restored and reinstalled. Hidden LED uplights and downlights in beams, were added to brighten the space. The redwood beams and ceiling were cleaned, industrial casement windows repaired and new linoleum floor was installed to closely match the original design.
Where 4 hotel rooms & 2 bathrooms originally stood, the walls were removed to open up the space for a Science Classroom. The two narrow windows in this space were in the bathrooms. The ceilings were kept as high as possible and the concrete columns & bottom of concrete beams were exposed. Insulation was added to exterior walls in rooms with new finishes.
The Music Room was one of three larger rooms under the second floor terrace, at street level. John Shadley, Acoustical Engineer, provided design for ceiling and wall acoustical panels.
Each classroom on floors 1,3,4 & 5 is unique in both size and layout.
Although the spaces are different, all are flooded with natural light, providing a rich learning environment for students.
In the Hotel Era, this space was known as the Ladies Lounge. We removed the drywall partition and acoustical ceiling to reestablish the original space. The existing chandeliers and wall sconces were restored and six were fabricated.
We removed the existing tile system that was installed over the original 6X6 quarry tile pavers. The original tile was severely damaged due to inadequate drainage. We installed a new drainage system, waterproofing, and quarry tile to match the original color and pattern. Insulation was installed to alleviate condensation problems. Masonry at south entry arcade, limestone columns and terra-cotta capitols were cleaned and repaired, and the 100 year old terrace light fixtures were refurbished to original condition.