Wayne CountyCourthouse

Wayne CountyCourthouse

Wayne CountyCourthouse

Scope of Work

Full architectural services

Restoring the masonry and oriel windows at the historic courthouse.

Location

Wayne, NE

History

Wayne County Courthouse, circa 1899

Designed by Orff & Guilbert

Completion

The project is currently underway.

The Challenge

The Wayne County Courthouse, built in 1899, had several issues. The original slate roof had been replaced with asphalt shingles; the grade had risen around the courthouse causing the sandstone to deteriorate; and the east and west oriel windows were constructed of wood and were in desperate need of restoration. Available funds, as often is the case, were limited.

The Strategy

The client set a firm budget not to exceed $2 million for the project. Berggren Architects, working with the client, prioritized the work as follows: (1) Replace the roof; (2) Create a perimeter gutter system around the courthouse to drain water away and expose the first course of the rustic sandstone base water table; and (3) Restore the stone, repoint the brick, and restore the oriel windows within the budget limits.

Skilled craftsmen were pre-selected to assure quality workmanship. Application was made to secure a Historic Tax Credit representing 20 percent of the total expenditure.

The Results

The asphalt shingle roof was replaced with synthetic slate shingles which reduced the cost and closely matched the original slate. The perimeter gutter system exposed the first course of the rustic sandstone base water table without the expense of regrading the site.

The east and west oriel windows were restored to the original ornate trim profiles using white oak clad with 16-ounce copper.

The sale of the Historic Tax Credits will yield nearly $640,000 which can then be applied to the balance of the cost of additional repointing and the copper work.

Wayne County will continue to use and enjoy their magnificent County Courthouse for many years to come.

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A natural niche for our firm has been county courthouses for almost 40 years. We provide the expertise needed to navigate the process of caring for these important historic structures.

Our team has experience in navigating the multitude of entities involved in preserving the historic integrity of the building while also providing for modern day needs and requirements.

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Our Process

We listen to you

We are preservation architects, let’s get together and talk about your project. Once we know your ideas, we can start your project in the right directions.

We involve you in the planning

Planning projects is what we do. We’ll work with you to develop the best way to implement your ideas. Our written documents are the road map which is essential to ensuring your expectations.

We make it happen

When you’re ready to implement your ideas, we’ll gather together the craftsmen and women necessary and bring your ideas to life. Architecture is in the details. We will follow your project through completion ensuring all the details meet your expectations.

What We Offer

Restoration

We offer restoration and preservation of your historic structures. Using extraordinary materials and craftsmanship, our historic structures are a lasting tribute to the people for whom they were built.

Consulting

We offer consulting services to both general clients and professional clients in sharing our knowledge and expertise in the area of historic preservation. Our master planning and preservation planning prepares our clients to be better able to plan for the life of their historic structures and districts.

New Construction

We know the meaning of sustainability because of our in-depth work with structures which have stood the test of time. We offer sustainable and green new construction which is historically sympathetic, including in the form of additions.

Our Team

Principal, Preservation Architect

Jerry L. Berggren, AIA

Production Manager

Garry Martin, Associate AIA

Architect

Farheen Sirajuddin

Architectural Historian

Janet Jeffries

Architectural Student Intern

Jessica Fujan

Architectural Student Intern

Brandy Nguyen

Architectural Student Intern

Alexi Caines

Principal, Preservation Architect

Jerry L. Berggren, AIA

Jerry Berggren founded the firm in 1977 in Lincoln, Nebraska and has since then been dedicated to the preservation of Nebraska’s finest architecture. The 1983 Jobs Bill was the milestone which introduced the firm to its most significant building type, the historic county courthouse. A project to improve the thermal efficiency of the windows at the Johnson County Courthouse in Tecumseh also initiated Berggren’s concern for energy conservation and an ongoing commitment to sustainable design.

In 1986, Jerry’s “Courthouse Trail” proposal to the state was approved. The Courthouse Trail experience solidified two career-long relationships with the Nebraska Energy Office and the Nebraska Association of County Officials. He continued to serve Nebraska’s county clients and in 2002 he became the recipient of the Honors Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This achievement was Berggren’s first nationally recognized award.

Today, Jerry Berggren has expanded his firm and employs professionals with abilities in historic preservation, architecture, interior design, sustainability, master planning and more. The future will undoubtedly hold more unexpected opportunities and challenges. He looks forward to each of those and you are invited to contact him directly regarding the architectural challenges you face.

Production Manager

Garry Martin, Associate AIA

Garry has been working in the architectural field continuously since obtaining a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1991. He had previously worked with Jerry Berggren as an intern in 1989 and the experience piqued his interest in the field of preservation. Garry leads the production team at Berggren Architects.

Architect

Farheen Sirajuddin

Farheen, a citizen of India, began her career with formal education in that county achieving the status of architect. When her husband was transferred to the US, she seized the opportunity to study at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln graduating in 2019 with her Master of Architecture. She immediately became one of our full time employees continuing to work until her student visa expired in July of 2020. Having to return to India, we thought we had lost a valued employee. Thanks to COVID, we have had to learn to work remotely. From India, Farheen is once again joining us. This time as a contract employee and we are very grateful to have her back

Architectural Historian

Janet Jeffries

Janet has a career history as an educator, writer, and researcher in the field of historical and architectural preservation. She currently works as the College Historian for Doane College in Crete, NE and is the Curator for the Crete Heritage Society. Janet is currently employed as the firm’s Architectural/Preservation Historian.

Architectural Student Intern

Jessica Fujan

Jessica joined Berggren Architects in 2019. Now in her third year of our Larsen Legacy internship program, she is heavily involved assisting with construction document. Including recent projects for Cass, Jefferson and Nemaha Counties. Jess has also become our liaison with the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Medi Arts as be explore greater uses of video and animation.

Architectural Student Intern

Brandy Nguyen

Brandy Nguyen joined Berggren Architects in April of 2020. As an architectural Brandy was recruited in 2020 by Jessica to become the next Larsen Legacy intern. During this year of his internship, he is taking charge of Berggren Architects outward appearance. Website development and polishing the proposal we submit are among his responsibilities. He is also becoming a significant help with the production of construction documents.

Architectural Student Intern

Alexi Caines

Alexi joined Berggren Architects in 2021. In her first year as a Larsen Legacy intern, her responsibilities begin with coordinating office operations and research. Her future responsibilities will include marketing as she advances toward preparation of construction documents and design.

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