The redevelopment of the historic Bancroft School in the Manheim Park neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri is critical to the healthy transformation of the neighborhood. It will provide an economic catalyst for the Troost corridor and the neighborhood through the revitalization of infrastructure and housing, connection to a new transit corridor to spur economic development and job creation, as well as community education and support programs.
BNIM worked with a development team including Dalmark Development Group and Make It Right, facilitating neighborhood meetings to brainstorm and prioritize desired spaces and potential partners that will help meet the community's needs. Ideas included daycare facilities, community greenhouses, job training programs, cultural arts spaces, exercise programs and affordable housing, to name a few.
BNIM developed a conceptual design package for the reuse of the existing building (29 housing units), landscape design, a below-grade parking structure and the proposed new housing (21 housing units). The design package, including rigorous sustainability measures and financial models was submitted for Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. In late February 2012, the project was selected to receive the Low-Income Housing Tax Credits.
The project was completed in October of 2013 and fully occupied before the end of that year. The final design achieves an Energy Star 68 energy rating and is performing 40-50% better than industry standards, due in part to the high performance historic window replacements that stay true to the historic profiles of the original windows. The 75kW solar array provides all of the power for common spaces in the building. The pervious pavement and rainwater capture system holds a full 100yr storm for this area. The building contains no red list materials including PVC and vinyl. And it has won been awarded a LEED Platinum certification.