- Associated Press - Saturday, July 2, 2016

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The educational resources invested by the University of Iowa in Chad Lueken appear to be paying off.

Lueken recently left his mark on his alma mater in a very literal sense. His company, Dubuque Window and Door/Adams Architectural Millwork, was hired to install more than 40 windows in the residence of the college president.

“It was pretty cool,” Lueken said of the project. “When I was on the roof, I was thinking, ‘This is kind of like Animal House.’”

The 100-plus-year-old president’s residence is in the midst of an estimated $1.5 million renovation project, according to Anne Bassett, the university’s media relations manager.

In addition to serving as home to university President Bruce Harreld, the 13,000-square-foot facility hosts events for students, faculty alumni and donors. The Telegraph Herald (http://bit.ly/2982aL9 ) reports that comprehensive repairs have not been made since a 2003 renovation project, according to Bassett.

Among the repairs needed are upgrades to a drain system, leaky plumbing, an HVAC system and exterior walls.

Lueken’s contribution to the project was 44 windows and seven doors, all of which had to be designed to preserve the building’s history.

“It was a very difficult application of a window since it was an old building and they wanted to keep the existing frame into the building so they didn’t have to tear all of the old casing off,” Lueken said.

Lueken’s company designed windows that matched the building’s historic aesthetic, but incorporated modern amenities. The windows are more energy efficient and an antiquated weight-and-pulley resistance system has been replaced with a less cumbersome setup.

The windows were delivered in May and installed in just about two weeks.

“It’s a lot of planning at the beginning,” Lueken said. “It’s making sure you’ve got all the right measurements. It’s working with the contractor and getting all those details.”

Walter Nims, an estimator and project manager with the company, said the seven doors provided by the company presented a few challenges. The solid wooden doors had to be outfitted to accommodate modern security systems.

“It had electronic hardware, like an electronic door lock, so we had to bore a hole (to fit it in the door),” Nims said.

Lueken and his staff are accustomed to high-profile jobs, including efforts that require keeping track of historical features. His crews have been hired to work on storefronts on Main Street in Dubuque and completed much of the interior millwork at the new Dubuque Regional Airport terminal.

“We’re kind of known for making historically authentic products to bring (buildings) back to life,” Lueken said.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com

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