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BNIM Project Receives National Critical Acclaim
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has recognized KCADC investor member, BNIM, as a 2013 recipient of an AIA Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture, the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design. The Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, located in the former Union Station Power House in Kansas City, Mo., was among the 9 projects selected to receive awards for Interior Architecture. Winners will be recognized at the 64th Annual Honors & Awards Celebration at the 2013 AIA National Convention on June 20-22 in Denver, Co.
Describing the Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, the jury notes: “This project was commended for both the interior architecture and for the precedent it sets for the reuse of the country's industrial building stock. The design was also commended for the way it inserts an entirely new and different function into the space, clearly defining the new and the old while equally celebrating the character of the original industrial building.”
Relocating the Kansas City Ballet (KCB) involved preservation and adaptive reuse of the 52,000sf historic Power House at Kansas City’s Union Station, a former coal-burning plant completed in 1914. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2004, the building sat abandoned from the 1970s until 2006. To transform the Power House, the team turned generator rooms into dance studios, coal bunkers into dressing rooms, and fire pits into useable space, while adhering to The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Today, the Bolender Center serves as a home for KCB, a community events venue, and a strong hub for performing arts in the Midwest.
In response to the recognition, BNIM Director of Design Steve McDowell, FAIA said, "This national design recognition represents a relentless commitment to discovery and design excellence within our firm. We bring a rigorous pursuit of excellence to each project and client by seeking the best in our collaborators and in ourselves."