Rebirth of an Icon: Renovation of the Historic LeVeque Tower

Once the fifth tallest building in the world, the LeVeque Tower stands at the heart of downtown Columbus. The building has served as an aerial lighthouse for pilots, an annex for the biggest hotel in America, an observation tower, and the corporate headquarters for the American Insurance Union. The latter commissioned construction of the Citadel, which opened in 1927.

After many years, multiple renovations, a few owners, and name changes, the LeVeque Tower is showing its age. Work is underway to revitalize this iconic building and enhance curb appeal — thereby re-positioning the LeVeque in today’s marketplace. A master plan for this project includes a wholesale revitalization of the building and streetscape as well as the creation of new public spaces and an enhanced lobby space. The LeVeque’s exterior renovation is in progress and the interior renovation has begun. Eventually, in addition to revitalized office space, the LeVeque Tower will include luxury apartments and a boutique hotel.

The presentation will help attendees:

  • Evaluate options for insulating historic masonry structures.
  • Understand proper techniques for masonry restoration.
  • Recognize different mechanical and electrical systems used over time.
  • Understand challenges associated with mechanical and electrical
    upgrades.

Presenters for the session will be:

  • Robert D. Loversidge, Schooley Caldwell

Bob is an architect and President/CEO of Schooley Caldwell Associates. He serves as the design principal and participates in management of the firm. Bob’s strength lies in his ability to work with a client to quickly identify a vision for complex projects and lead the design team in implementing this vision.

  • Sam Rosenthal, Schooley Caldwell

Sam has provided project management, architectural design, feasibility and planning studies, facilities assessments, document production and construction administration on various projects including the historic 46-story LeVeque Tower, a new office building for the City of Columbus, and recent work at the national historic landmark Ohio Statehouse.

 

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