Architecture studio receives award

Ben Moore Studio, Architecture and Planning received an Award of Excellence in Rehabilitation from the Kansas Preservation Alliance.

The studio’s State Bank Building project continues the revitalization of Council Grove. As a historic preservation project, the adaptation of this former bank building into retail and lofts presented many challenges to comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation. This compliance was crucial to maintaining adequate funding for the project through federal and state historic tax credits and a historic grant.

To maintain the historic ambience of the 1887 structure, modern building systems were masked within the envelope and attic. Structural and mechanical engineering components were designed to hide ductwork and structural members to bring the building up to modern design requirements and building codes while keeping historic floor-to-ceiling heights.

The project maintained the downtown environment by reserving the historic bank space for commercial use. The project plans were approved by both the NPS and SHPO for state and federal tax credits. The roof and windows were restored with a Heritage Trust Fund grant.

MS Biotec hires

new director of technical services

MS Biotec hired Mark Corrigan as the company’s new director of technical services. Corrigan will be responsible for leading all aspects of the technical services division of the company, including animal research program development, consultation with beef and dairy industry nutritionists and veterinarians, and field support for MS Biotec sales professionals.

Corrigan received his bachelors of science and masters degrees from Kansas State University in 2003 and 2005, respectively, and his doctorate from the University of Nebraska in 2008.

His graduate research focused on anti-inflammatory interventions for cattle in bacterial and toxin challenge models.

His doctoral research focused on feeding ethanol by-products to growing and finishing cattle. After graduating from the University of Nebraska, he served as the beef cattle technical services manager for North America for Lallemand Animal Nutrition for four years, where he conducted several research trials examining the effects of live yeast, bacteria and their derivatives on beef cattle health, growth, and efficiency.

He also served as a technical services manager for Merck Animal Health for six years, where he was involved in research trials examining the effects of various pharmaceutical products, including growth promotants and vaccines, on cattle health, growth, and efficiency.

City reporter for the Manhattan Mercury

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