Public Opinion Ensures a Round Barn Remains True to Its Historic Design

To ensure the space was well lit for everything from painting classes to wedding receptions, TLCD Architecture focused on lighting three sections: under the mezzanine, in the mezzanine and through the mezzanine’s opening. “I think the quality of the fixtures and the layout of them really gave us that flexibility we were looking for,” Teel says. “At night, with only a couple lights on low, you can uplight the building’s cone and it gives you this wonderful diffused indirect light.”

The entire building was lifted off the ground for two months while the structure was reinforced and upgraded.

The entire building was lifted off the ground for two months while the structure was reinforced and upgraded.

High-tech audiovisual capabilities were a major goal of the Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks department. Initially, the city wanted 16 projectors that would project Isaac DeTurk’s racehorses running around the mezzanine in a 360-degree loop. Unfortunately, the idea would exceed the city’s $2.2 million budget, so TLCD Architecture found a cost-effective yet impressive alternative. “We used three mounted projectors, projecting onto a 16-foot screen at mezzanine level that could stitch these images together. A standard drop-down screen is used for movie night, and the entire system can be used by anyone for a presentation,” Teel adds. The space also includes an iPod docking station for public use.

Hands-on Project

The 15-month project was completed in April 2011. Several days per week during about eight months of the renovation, Teel would walk from TLCD Architecture’s office, which is 1 mile from the barn, to answer questions. “The barn was so funky in its construction and layout,” he says. “The way the conduit and piping and fire sprinkler disappear inside the structure was the contractor and all the subs really making it happen. This was truly a hands-on project and the ability to be onsite so quickly played a big role in the finished product.”

Although the public shared some strong feedback in the early stages of design, there have been plenty of positive comments since the space opened. Teel says: “During the opening ceremony and a number of other events I’ve attended at the barn since, there are always people smiling and having conversations about how things go together and what kind of material was used. Sometimes it’s hard to get to the point where visitors celebrate a project, but this project has been really exciting in that way. Even with all the dust and graffiti in it when I first walked into the barn, there was just something about it. I knew if we played it simple and let the bones of the barn remain, it would be a great project.”

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Online Buzz

View a comprehensive video about DeTurk Round Barn’s history and renovation on the city of Santa Rosa, Calif.’s website.

Retrofit Team

The rotting sill plate and about 6 inches of all the studs were cut off to install a new pressure-treated sill plate while the foundation was poured.

The rotting sill plate and about 6 inches of all the studs were cut off to install a new pressure-treated sill plate while the foundation was poured.


Architect of record and interior designer: TLCD Architecture, Santa Rosa, Calif., www.tlcd.com
Structural engineer: MKM & Associates, Santa Rosa, www. mkmassociates.com
Mechanical and electrical engineer, lighting consultant: GHD (formerly Winzler and Kelly), Santa Rosa, www.ghd.com
Civil engineer: Bedford/Associates, Rohnert Park, Calif., bedfordassociates.com
General contractor: GCCI Inc., Santa Rosa, www.gcciinc.com
Roofing contractor: AnC Roofing, Santa Rosa, www.santarosacommercialroofing.com
Custom-stair contractor: The Welding Shop, Healdsburg, Calif., weldingshophbg.com
Landscape consultant: Resource Design, Santa Rosa, www.resource-design.com
Acoustical consultant: Illingworth and Rodkin Inc., Petaluma, Calif., www.illingworthrodkin.com
Kitchen consultant: Ballinger Restaurant Design, Santa Rosa, www.brequipment.com
Audio visual consultant: Charles M. Salter Associates Inc., San Francisco, www.cmsalter.com

Retrofit Materials

Concrete: BASF, www.buildingsystems.basf.com, and Headwaters Inc., www.headwaters.com
Wood: Roseburg Forest Products Co., www.roseburg.com, and Weyerhaeuser, www.weyerhaeuser.com
Skylights: Orca Manufacturing Inc., www.starlightskylights.com
Doors: Door Components Inc., www.doorcomponents.com; Lynden Door, www.lyndendoor.com; and Summit Woodworking, www.summitwoodworking.com
Paint: Frazee Paint, comex-paint.com/frazee
Paneling: RPG Diffusor Systems Inc., www.rpginc.com
Floor and wall tile in restrooms, kitchen: Daltile, www.daltile.com
Reclaimed wood flooring: Viridian Wood Products, viridianwood.com
Interior ambient lighting, downlights: Cooper Lighting, www.cooperindustries.com
Task lighting: Solavanti Lighting, www.solavantilighting.com; Spectrum Lighting, www.speclight.com; Cooper Lighting; and Altman Lighting, www.altmanltg.com
Exterior lighting: Halophane, www.holophane.com, and Bronzelite, www.bronzelite.com
Radiant flooring: Lochinvar, www.lochinvar.com
Mini-split HVAC: Carrier, www.carrier.com
Fan: Big Ass Fans, www.bigassfans.com
Elevator: Schindler, www.schindler.com
Drinking Fountain: Elkay, www.elkayusa.com
Water Closets: Toto USA Inc., www.totousa.com
Urinal: Zurn, www.zurn.com
Sinks and mop sink: Kohler, www.us.kohler.com
Faucet: Sloan Valve Co., www.sloanvalve.com

The Awards

Redwood Empire, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Honor Award
California Park and Recreation Society’s annual Excellence in Design Award
North Bay Business Journal Historic Restoration Top Project
International Interior Design Association Northern California 2013 Honor Award, Serve Category

About the Author

Christina A. Koch
Christina A. Koch is editorial director of retrofit.

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