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Utilizing Non-destructive Methods


STRATA, and our team of consultants, just returned from an adventure!  We were looking closely at the architectural and structural integrity of several historic buildings on a rather remote site.  One process performed utilizing non-destructive methods was the assessment of existing historic concrete with sounding. A common method of evaluating the structural integrity of concrete, the light tapping of the concrete surface and interpreting the sound produced, allows our team to identify where delamination, voids, and spalling might be occurring to the concrete. While historic concrete spalling typically occurs because of corrosion of the embedded steel or degradation of the concrete itself, we also find structural problems, such as heaving, can cause spalling of the concrete to occur.  Understanding the cause of deterioration of historic materials is imperative to maintaining your building and choosing an appropriate means of repair!

Ray County Courthouse

Ray County

A few years ago we had the opportunity to work on the Ray County Courthouse. Our work included repairs to the limestone entablature. We love bringing buildings back to life and ensuring they remain important landmarks to communities for years to come!

Meet Our New STRATAgist !


Liz Christian is excited to be the newest member of the STRATA team! Liz holds both an M. Arch from the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York and an M.Sc. in the conservation of historic buildings from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. She has five years of work experience in architectural, academic and heritage settings, and her writing was featured in WW Norton’s 2013 book Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes. Newly arrived from New York, Liz is getting to know Kansas City one brewery at a time!

Get to know the lowdown on our new team member!

If you could be a historical figure, who would you be and why?

This is impossible… I would love to have lived in late 19th century because it seems like such a time of awkward transition. Ideally I’d be solving mysteries over weekends at country estates. Basically, I’d want to live in a PBS period mystery drama.

 You have just gotten off a deserted island. What food are you craving?

Mozzarella sticks. Trashy, but true.

 What are three things still left on your bucket list? 

  1. Yellowstone. I’m hoping the move west will make this one easier!
  2. Tokyo.  I feel like I’ll hate it, but I have to go.
  3. Conquering my deathly fear of bugs and setting up a real, honest to goodness garden.


Moving of Minerva!

The MoveA few weeks ago , the statue of Minerva, Goddess of Wisdom, which rests atop the central tower dome of the Johnson County Courthouse in Warrensburg, Missouri, was lifted to the ground for repairs and refinishing.  The last time Minerva’s feet touched the ground was in 1996, when she was lowered for repairs due to a lightning strike.  STRATA, teamed with Structural Engineering Associates, worked closely with the Johnson County Commissioners on a masonry restoration and reroofing package that has been under construction since May.  Repair and stabilization of the historic ornamental metals, repairs to the five domes, and new roofing were elements incorporated into the project. Rarely seen up close, the statue’s intricate details were originally hand crafted in 1898 from sheet metal panels and soldered together.  The hammered metal bas relief patterns on her robes, the fringed rope tassels at the robe edges, and even her hair arrangement and crown – and all high level ornament on the statue received a gentle cleaning by the contractor, All Trades Historical Restoration, LLC., to remove non-original coatings and prepare the statue for a new finish to carry her through the next 50 plus years.

Iowa Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument

Iowa Soldiers

We recently had the opportunity to check-out an old project of ours, the Iowa Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, that we worked on with SEA and Pishny Restoration Services! Happy Throwback Thursday! #IowaPreservation #Historicmomuments

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