Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company LLC

landscape architecture | planning | urban design

  • Science City @ Union Station


    Union Station Redevelopment Corporation

    Kansas City, MO


    Kansas City Parks & Recreation Commission

    Kansas City, MO


    Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects

    New York, NY


    BNIM Architects

    Kansas City, MO


    OLIN Partnership

    Philadelphia, PA


    WET Design

    Los Angeles, CA

  • Awards

    2002 American Society of Landscape

    Architects/ Prairie Gateway

    Honor Award


    2000 Kansas City Municipal Art Commission Urban Design Award

  • Description

    Science City at Union Station is a $263 million adaptive reuse of Kansas City, Missouri's Union Station. Originally completed in 1914 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Union Station is now the second-largest train station in North America—and Kansas City's most-prominent destination for cultural activities


    Science City posed an urban design challenge to balance the historic context of the site with the  intense public programming the central civic space with festivals, fairs, and special events throughout the year. The simple and elegant solution emphasized great spaces and vistas. Large oak trees frame views and create a sense of scale to the massive Station building. Cast stone curbs and accents create a clean separation between the walkways and landscaped areas. Signage and lighting further augment the historic character of the site. In addition to improving circulation around the site, the civic plaza and street expansion created a direct link between Union Station and the General’s Wall, a World War I memorial commemorating the dedication of the Liberty Memorial in 1924 that was also refurbished as a part of the project. Today the area is home to the renowned National WW1 Museum and Memorial.


    Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company was responsible for production and administration of the landscape construction documents for site development. The sitework included both rooftop structures and reclaimed urban industrial space, requiring expertise in engineered lightweight soil systems, and intricate drainage networks for both the building and the pedestrian link to the Crown Center Complex.

  • Testimonials

    “I believe this project will forever change the face of Kansas City. It's taking a piece of the city that was deteriorating and transforming it into a jewel.”


    -Lisa Adkins,

    Chairwoman of the Kansas and Missouri Commission


    “Science City @ Union Station was a challenging balance of private-public relationships that included oversight review from a combination of 13 local, state and federal governing bodies and agencies. This national project, located in downtown and surrounded by major commercial, transportation, and protect park land operations, was the largest development in Kansas City in the last 50 years. As opposed to a building's internal engineered systems, everything JBC designed and implemented in a very complex urban setting was what approximately 1,600,000 individuals of all ages would see and experience on a yearly basis. The project was completed on-time, under budget and was fortunate to receive several design awards, thanks in no small part to JBC. From start to finish over four years, JBC was an instrumental partner in working with ownership to identify and steward beautiful, sustainable and affordable solutions. I would highly recommend their knowledgeable and dedicated staff as a topflight firm that is, first and foremost, a tremendous partner.”


    -Andy Scott,

    Executive Director of the Union Station Assistance Corporation

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