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ICRI 2012 Project Award Winner
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Award of Sustainability

The Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity
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Kansas City, Missouri

Submitted by Structural Engineering Associates, Inc.

Todd Bolender Center

Kansas City Ballet
Kansas City, MO

Project Engineer/

Structural Engineering Associates, Inc.
Kansas City, MO

Repair Contractor
J.E. Dunn Construction
Kansas City, MO

Material Suppliers/

Sika Corporation
Lyndhurst, NJ

Prosoco, Inc.
Lawrence, KS

The sustainable design goals for this project were established early in the design process since the premise was that redevelopment and restoration of an abandoned structure is inherently sustainable. The design team restored the Union Station Power House with the belief that anything done to bring this historic building back to life and reuse would maintain the building’s original use as a power generation facility. 

The building’s rehabilitation included a new white roof and replacement skylight. The existing large window frames were restored and reused, sustaining and maximizing the building’s abundant natural light source, thus reducing the demand for artificial lighting during the daytime. New window sashes were constructed with sustainable Acoya wood along with high-performance glazing. The interior remodel spaces were configured to share and amplify natural daylight throughout the spacious structure. 

There are many retained “industrial” elements to this compelling makeover. The original 40 ton (36.3 metric ton) gantry crane was restored and repositioned to the northwest corner of the building with its lift hook hanging over the spacious Studio 1 main performance theatre. The original massive coal bunkers and funnels below the penthouse level were repaired along with the Level One (original boiler room) steel framing below, leaving the boiler hopper openings in place for the new glass block floor infill’s that highlight the first floor. 

Wherever possible, existing steel framing was repaired and/or strengthened, removing all corrosion to restore structural integrity and bring the building into compliance with the current IBC Building Code. In addition, the structural concrete and masonry were restored and cleaned. One of the most impressive retained and restored building elements is the large chimney vault and its roof extension, which functions as both a glowing skylight and a functional HVAC relief air system.

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