Irrigation Consultants Excellence in Irrigation Honor Award
2013 American Society of
Gateway Award of Excellence
2012 Urban Land Institute, Kansas
City Chapter Developments of
2012 Kansas City Business Journal
Special Judges Recognition
The Kauffman Center is one of the most technically and architecturally-advanced performing arts centers in the nation—and built in a landscape setting of equal acclaim. The 285,000 square-foot Arts Center includes two separate halls: the more intimate 1,600 seat Helzberg Hall and the grand 1,800 seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre. Both are housed within a dramatic overarching structure designed by noted architect Moshe Safdie. The structure features large class curtain walls overlooking a green roof designed by Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company and the skyline of Kansas City.
The Arts District Garage is a 1,000-car underground parking structure attached to the new center in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The green roof atop both structures is designed as a 2.63-acre high, performance open-space park with the distinction of being the first and largest permitted green roof storm water detention facility in the State of Missouri.
JBC was intimately involved from project inception as a primary contributor to the program development for the combined facilities. Working together with Safdie Associates, JBC had primary responsibility for overall site design, pavements, walls, plantings, furnishings, green roof, and water harvesting systems. The scale of the Performing Arts Center is so large that it required a strong landscape architectural response. The landscape architects designed large-scale slopes and big, bold plantings to perfectly complement the building.
By integrating the greenroof project into the stormwater management solution, JBC was able to justify its cost and inclusion in the program. Now a model for performing arts center nationwide, the Kaufmann Center’s green roof serves as a stormwater collection and detention system with the capability of collecting and detaining excess stormwater and routing it into underground cisterns for storage. There, it is recycled as irrigation water for the vegetated roof.