Location: #1 Willmore Lane, Lake Ozark, Missouri
Client: Structural Preservation Systems, LLC
Project Date: 2014
Project Scope: Project Charter and Feasibility Study
Willmore Lodge is an historic log structure and unique site on Lake Ozark, constructed in 1930 for Union Electric, by Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation and designed by Louis La Beaume, a noted St. Louis architect and partner in the architectural firm of La Beaume and Klein. Originally constructed as a high-profile residence, the building currently houses the Bagnell Dam History Museum and the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. This National Register-listed building needs maintenance and accessibility upgrades, but historic log construction requires specialized knowledge and skills for assessment, design, and restoration. However, the Missouri state historic tax credit is a powerful financial incentive for building improvement projects. Finally, with a national energy corporation as the owner, any project is also subject to regulatory reviews.
PVN worked with national design-build group, Structural Preservation Systems, LLC, (STRUCTURAL) to develop the project strategy and assessment of feasibility for a phased restoration of Willmore Lodge. PVN developed the historical background and design foundation for the project, including an historic document review, regulatory approval plan, assessment of preservation funding sources, and best practices for historic log repairs. PVN also collaborated closely with STRUCTURAL to develop the scope, project objectives, preliminary budget, project partners and stakeholders, and project phasing as part of the Project Charter. In order to refine the anticipated project costs, PVN performed a condition assessment of the log structure and other exterior building components to quantify repairs for project planning and budgeting. PVN also prepared condition assessment drawings, prioritized recommendations and appropriate treatments for log repair, and collaborated with the owner and STRUCTURAL to develop a phased repair plan.
PVN collates seemingly disparate project barriers into a navigable solution. Historic and archaic construction methods require specialized knowledge for assessment and repair. Likewise, energy-producing owners must operate and complete projects within a strict federal regulatory environment. Finally, preservation projects can access unconventional funding sources, such as the federal and state historic tax credits. Our interdisciplinary staff includes historical architects, historians, and researchers with expertise in city planning and economic development. The value of our services stems from our unique integration of design for preservation, research, real estate development services, and a deep understanding of the regulatory and economic framework of historic preservation.