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Architect: BNIM

General Contractor: JE Dunn

66,000 sq. ft. 

National AIA Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture 2013
Preserve Missouri Award 2013
Mid-America Design Awards, International Interior Design Association (IIDA)  – Best of Show 2013
Gold Award, Renovation & Restoration 2013
Architizer A+ Award Finalist 2013
Good Design is Good Business 2013
Project of the Year Finalist, Building Excellence Awards 2012
National Preservation Honor Award 2012
KC Magazine Design Excellence Awards – Historic Renovation 2012
Kansas City Business Journal Capstone Award – Architectural Design 2012
International Concrete Restoration Institute – Project of the Year 2012
International Concrete Restoration Institute – Sustainability Award 2012
ENR Midwest Best Projects – Best Renovation/Restoration Project, Award of Merit 2012
Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City – Cornerstone Award Arts 2012
AIA Kansas City – Honor Award 2012
AIA Kansas – Honor Award 2012
International Concrete Repair Institute – Great Plains Chapter – Project of the Year 2011
International Concrete Repair Institute – Great Plains Chapter – Historic Restoration 2011
Historic Kansas City Foundation – Excellence Award for Adaptive Reuse 2011
AIA Kansas City – Preservation Award 2011


Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity

Kansas City, Missouri

GDS served as the MEP engineer for this $39 million award-winning renovation, preservation and adaptive reuse of the historic 1914 structure.

The former Power House at Union Station was transformed into a magnificent platform for the arts, complete with six studios, a performance theatre that seats 180, a physical therapy/training room, lockers and shower facilities and areas for administrative, wardrobe, costume and production.

Referred to as a “marvel in recycling” by the Kansas City Star, much of the 52,000 square feet incorporates innovative reuse of the building’s original elements. Electrical engineers at GDS focused on incorporating the building’s natural light into their designs for low-energy lighting and the Mechanical engineers harnessed the insulating capabilities of the solid brick exterior while designing the building’s HVAC.

This facility received rave reviews upon its opening in August 2011. Photos courtesy of BNIM