University of Missouri-Kansas City

Kansas City,

University Center Feasibility Analysis

In 2002 B&D was engaged by the University of Missouri-Kansas City to identify the needs and preferences for possible renovations and additions to its university center, develop a viable financing plan, and provide guidance during the referendum process. The center was the traditional student union and the hub of campus activity, but due to its age and the nature of several expansions it had undergone, its spaces were disorganized and circulation was poor. Our work consisted of: focus groups/surveys/interviews with students, faculty and staff; development of an outline program for improvements; an assessment of financial support needed; and development of a financial model for operations. We uncovered significant student endorsement for improvements to the facility and a referendum for a fee to support the project passed easily. An architectural program was then developed for use in conceptual design and soon thereafter the university made the decision to develop a new union, meeting with us several times in the following years to update our findings and revise parameters. Ultimately, a new 109,000 SF, $38.3 million student union opened in 2010 and won the 2011 Kansas City Business Journal’s Capstone Award for Architectural Design, and the Southtown Council Beautification Award. It also achieved LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Presented by Chet Roach and Peter Isaac at the 2011 ACUI Region 3 Conference.

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Presented by Chet Roach at the 2011 ACUI Region 12 Conference.

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Presented by Chet Roach at the 2011 ACUI Region 8 Conference.

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Presented by Bart Hall at the 2011 ACUI Region 4 Conference.

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