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Home Working with Section 106 ACHP Case Digest Fall 2003 Kansas: Security Upgrades for Building 500, Fort Riley
Kansas: Security Upgrades for Building 500, Fort Riley
Agency: U.S. Army
Building 500 is a large administrative building at Fort Riley, Kansas,
that serves as base headquarters and is an important contributor to the
Main Post Historic District, listed in the National Register.
Building 500, Fort Riley, KS (photo courtesy of Robert L. Beardsley, U.S. Army)
Under the new Anti-Terrorism and Forces Protection (ATFP) guidelines, the U.S. Army has determined that 90 of the buildings 388 historic windows must be replaced to protect occupants in the event of a terrorist attack.
In March 2003, the ACHP notified the Army that it would participate in consultation on the proposed project. In May 2003, the ACHP and the Kansas State Historic Preservation Officer discussed their concerns that this project would set a precedent for future window replacement projects on military installations throughout the country.
The removal and replacement of well-preserved historic windows does not conform to the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation. In addition, before the introduction of the Department of Defenses Minimum Antiterrorism Construction Standards, it was possible to question the basis for window replacement under a cost-benefit analysis. This analysis, however, becomes somewhat immaterial when security measures are called into play.
The Army agreed to determine if interior storm windows could be adequately anchored to meet the guidelines without removing the windows, but two months later, the Army presented data supporting its proposal to replace the window units. It is hoped by the preservation community that this does not portend a move to replace historic windows nationally.
A draft Memorandum of Agreement has been developed, but the Army has questioned the appropriate level of documenting the windows under the Historic American Buildings Survey. It has agreed to develop a report on the analysis that went into the decision to replace the windows under the ATFP guidelines.
Posted October 30, 2003
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