Ryan Smith of Nelson Architects Receives Award

As featured in the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission Press Release

The Great Falls-Cascade County Historic Preservation Advisory Commission (HPAC) has selected four preservation or rehabilitation projects to be honored at the 2013 Preservation Award reception, Thursday, May 23, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in the Missouri Room of the Civic Center.

Nelson Architects and Dick Anderson Construction are being recognized for a Civic Rehabilitation project that returned the original vaulted ceiling to the City of Great Falls Water Treatment Plant Filter building. Originally built in 1916, the plant has undergone several alterations. In the mid-eighties, a suspended flat ceiling was installed that hid the beauty of the elegant steel trusses and ended up as a maintenance concern as the high humidity and highly chlorinated atmosphere took its toll on the suspended ceiling system. The steel trusses have been restored and painted with a high performance coating that will weather the humidity and attack from the airborne chemical nature of the space. The focus is once again on a vaulted industrial space showcasing the original steel structure.