Late in 2014 RMTA completed a 21,500 square foot remodel of office space for Arrowhead General Insurance in Overland Park, Kan. The design team provided the company with an updated look and more functional space, addressing adjacency inefficiencies and providing a more effective program for the 150 employee office environment.
The interiors team also recently completed Cascoh’s (pictured) new 1,500 square foot office space in The Barney Building in Mission Woods, Kan. Next door, at 1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway where construction is still underway, RMTA has been selected to design the space for Wells Fargo Advisors who will be taking half of the second floor of the 67,000 square foot building. Construction at 1900 is anticipated to be completed by mid-summer.
Early in the year, RMTA was awarded a project with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, expanding on their existing parking garage.
Three RMTA’ers will celebrate professional milestones this spring: Camilla Keech (15 years at RMTA), Pat Walsh (25 years in architecture) and Reed Burdine (20 years in architecture). P-Dub reports that when he was a kid, he wanted to grow up to be a Detroit Lions running back like Billy Sims … until he went to the metro Detroit mall and “saw how freakishly big Billy Sims was in person.” Reed responded “Grow up? What’s that?” Photos by Jen Miller.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT In early December, RMTA spent an afternoon volunteering at the Johnson County Christmas Bureau, an annual nine-day holiday shop that provides assistance to low-income residents of Johnson County, Kansas. In 2014, JCCB served 13,241 individuals representing 3,562 families.
In late January, RMTA hosted 15 Webelos Cub Scouts for an engineering and architecture education and achievement session. Principal Mike Paxton and architect Tyler Mooreland took the 9 and 10-year-olds on a tour of 1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway where they were shown around the construction site, and discussed site safety and coordination with contractors, engineers and other consultants on projects. Following the site tour, the group came back to Studio 908 where they were shown the inner workings of a design office and talked about the process of taking a building from concept to construction to completion. Full of energy, the group had lots of questions for our team, specifically about the concept of copyright while discussing their love of Minecraft. Photo courtesy of Susan Toney.
TEAM BUILDING To celebrate the holiday season, the RMTA team participated in a gingerbread house decorating competition in mid-December. Though it was a close call, Team Snowflake pulled ahead to win with their decoration of a mid-century gingerbread ranch, featuring a shredded coconut snowflake laden roof complete with peppermint candy and gumdrop santa in a wafer sleigh being drawn by a wafer and peppermint stick Rudolph. [SEE PHOTOS]
Associate Matt Murphy was named one of ENR Magazine’s Top 20 under 40 Midwest industry professionals in 2014.
Associates Pat Walsh and Kenny Miller, and architect Kyle Patneau continue their involvement with AIA Kansas City’s education outreach program. The program was started in the fall of 2014 with a goal of introducing school-aged children to architectural aspects of design and to encourage community engagement within the field. The team so far has visited with students at Baptiste School, Lee Tolbert, The Kauffman School and Thomas Utican Elementary.
The Barney Building was granted official LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council in early February. LEED certification is an indication of a building designed and constructed with sustainability in mind. Some green building features include: a southern and eastern-facing thermally broken curtain wall system, providing daylight throughout the building; a two-story parking garage added to maximize space which includes bike racks and electric car charging stations; bamboo landscaping throughout the property; sustainably harvested Cyprus on exterior soffits and locally sourced Kansas limestone for lobby flooring; and two 65 kW capstone micro-turbine gas generators, acting as the building’s primary power source. The capstone micro-turbine energy solution is equivalent to that of taking 92 average U.S. passenger vehicles off the road or CO2 reduction from the equivalent of 96 acres of pine or fir forest. Completed in the spring of 2014, The Barney Building was designed to transform the 1968 building from a Class C to a Class A office, providing flexibility for hosting events, and incorporating sustainability practices to achieve it’s LEED Gold certification. Photo by Mike Sinclair.
The Museum at Prairiefire took the top honor at the Associated General Contractors of Kansas Annual Awards, the AGC Kansas Award of Excellence, and was also named recipient of the Judges Choice Award. Congratulations to the Museum’s general contractor and our friends at McCown Gordon Construction! Photo courtesy of Verner Johnson.
Two RMTA projects were recently named 2015 Capstone Award winners: The Barney Building in the office category and Prairiefire in the mixed-use category. Capstone award winners represent the previous years best real estate and development projects and are classified as providing significant value to the Kansas City area. The Barney Building is owned by Karbank Real Estate Company and Prairiefire by developer Merrill Companies. Pictured: The Prairiefire mixed-use development in Overland Park, Kan.
908 GALLERY From January through March local artist Laura Carriker will be showing her paintings in the 908 Gallery as part of RMTA’s participation in the ArtsKC Now Showing program. Carriker’s work consists of boldly painted still lifes that reflect simple, ordinary, everyday objects while the artist questions “the mind numbing legacy of the 21st century” with it’s inundation of mundane images. See Laura’s artist statement here.