Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company LLC

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  • Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts


    PAC Improvement District

    City of Kansas City, MO


    Moshe Safdie

    Boston, MA


    Reed Hilderbrand Associates

    Watertown, MA


    BNIM Architects

    Kansas City, MO


    Moody Nolan Architects

    Columbus, OH


    Carl Walker, Inc.

    Indianapolis, IN

  • Awards

    2013 Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

    National Award of Excellence


    2013 American Council of

    Engineering Companies

    Grand Conceptor Award Winner


    2013 American Society of

    Irrigation Consultants Excellence in Irrigation Honor Award


    2013 American Society of

    Landscape Architects/Prairie

    Gateway Award of Excellence


    2012 Urban Land Institute, Kansas

    City Chapter Developments of

    Distinction Award


    2012 Kansas City Business Journal

    Capstone Awards

    Special Judges Recognition

  • Description

    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.

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