ArchNotes — Vol. I, Issue III

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Sprint Executive Briefing Center, completed March 2015

In April, Sprint unveiled it’s new Executive Briefing Center (pictured) at it’s headquarters on the Sprint campus in Overland Park, Kan. It’s first upgrade in 10 years, RMTA worked with Sprint on the renovation. The EBC is situated in a 2,300 square foot circular space within a larger, classically designed corporate office facility. Sprint wanted the non-traditional circular shape to inspire innovative thinking, energizing customers and making them want to spend all day in the center. The RMTA design team decided to create a streamlined, modern and technology-focused space that would impact Sprint’s Fortune 500 clients immediately upon entry. Read more about the project here. Photo by Mike Sinclair.

RMTA was also recently awarded a number of new interiors projects, including: Executive Airshare, a day-based fractional jet ownership and private jet leasing provider that offers equity-building jet card programs for business and leisure travelers; WireCo, an international manufacturer, engineer, and distributer of wire and synthetic rope, specialized assemblies, wire products and electromechanical cable; and eScreen, an electronic employee drug screening and health services provider.

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Sprint Executive Briefing Center

“I’m very proud of this design […] it helps us engage with the customer and it shows that we are invested in the user experience.”

In early April, Sprint unveiled it’s new Executive Briefing Center at it’s headquarters on the Sprint campus in Overland Park, Kan. It’s first upgrade in 10 years, the renovation signifies an investment in the business by showcasing the technology Sprint has to offer to it’s international, corporate clientele in a newly remodeled, cutting edge facility designed by RMTA.

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DSI, two years later

Photos by Chad Jackson

“When people walk through those doors, they’ve already pretty much made up their minds,” McGraw said. “People envision themselves in a place before they make a move and we are now getting a new generation of employees because of our space.”

In 2012, RMTA completed a two-story office for the international mobile software company Data Systems International (DSI). After spending two decades in suburban Overland Park, Kansas, DSI was spurred by the recent development in downtown Kansas City and decided to move their corporate headquarters to the vibrant, urban core in the Power & Light district. Their existing workspace in a suburban area of town was dated and traditional, not reflective of the high-tech work they did on a daily basis. DSI wanted a new global headquarters that would better reflect their forward-thinking business model, their high-tech products and leave their international customer base with a lasting impression, as well as aid in the recruitment of top local and national talent. Moving to the urban core meant providing an office location in an area where their employees could live, work and play. With this in mind, the RMTA design team’s goal was to create a sleek, contemporary and dynamic digital work environment, reflective of the high-tech industry and of the client’s brand specifically.

RMTA checked in with CEO Matt McGraw recently on company growth, how his new space has impacted day to day business and whether the design is still meeting expectations.

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ArchNotes — Vol. I, Issue II

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CascohLate 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.

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LEED Gold for The Barney Building

Photos by Mike Sinclair.

In early February, The Barney Building was officially LEED Gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED certification is an indication of a building designed, constructed and operating with sustainability in mind. RMTA’s client, Karbank Real Estate, approached RMTA to generate design schematics for the 1968 commercial office building late in the summer of 2012. Attracted to the mid-century character of this particular building and it’s prime location in town, the group wanted to re-use the existing structure. The design team was charged with maintaining that character while completely renovating and modernizing the 32,000 square foot building.

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The Barney Building, before

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Design Is…

In May, RMTA was named a mid-sized office Design Is… Market Award winner by Shaw Contract Group for their work on Sprint Accelerator, and later, in September, was announced the Global People’s Choice Award winner. The Design Is… Award was developed to honor architecture and design firms “that are changing the very idea of what design is,” according to Shaw. A group of 40 Market Award winners were chosen out of 350 entries from all over the world, and one People’s Choice Award from the 40 Market Award winners. “Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator was selected based on how design is defined through the unique challenges, processes and results of the Continue reading →

ArchNotes — Vol. I, Issue I

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SonicCulinaryInnovationCenter_003_800pxAfter 5 months of work, construction at Sonic Culinary Innovation Center in Oklahoma City wrapped in October. The new 3,200 square foot space will provide Sonic’s head chef with a test kitchen where the culinary team can test new menu items and create presentations.

Earlier this year, in the late summer, construction began at two Karbank Real Estate property developments — work at 1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway in July and work at 2400 W 75th Street in August. Both projects are renovations of mid-century office buildings in the mid-town and Prairie Village areas of Kansas, respectively, and both will be transformed from Class C to Class A office spaces.

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