Bryan Falk has been involved in downtown improvements for about a decade, and in April 2016, he opened Falk Architects in the downtown district.
His company has worked on design concepts for downtown loft apartments, modifications to the Westar building and renovation work at the county courthouse and city hall.
“I’m a believer that the downtown of a community is its heart, and a community needs a thriving downtown to be healthy,” he said.
For the last two years, Falk also has served on Topeka’s Landmarks Commission, which reviews and approves modifications to historic downtown properties.
“If we want to create a downtown that is truly unique, it will involve protecting and utilizing the existing historic fabric,” he said.
One existing structure Falk is enhancing is the water tower at 11th and S. Kansas Ave.
“It’s a really neat structure,” he said.
Though the tower itself won’t change much, Falk hopes that a lighting project will create an eye-catching site that attracts people driving on Interstate 70 to stop and check out downtown’s offerings.
The LED lights are programmable, so the colorful displays can change. The tower will be bathed in lights that reflect holidays and events, from red and green during Christmastime to red and blue when there’s a major University of Kansas basketball game.