Originally built by the Kansas City Terminal Railway around 1900, these historic roundhouse buildings along Southwest Blvd. originally served as a maintenance and repair hub for the company’s locomotives. The current owner sought to re-purpose the complex as an office and production facility. Now one of the last remaining examples of this architectural typology in the country, IAA worked to preserve and restore the original building envelope to its original condition, while inside providing the client with a functional workplace.
Again, preserving the original character of the existing building shell was paramount to the success of this endeavor. However, recurring fire damage and vandalism had left most of the wooden roof and column framing damaged beyond repair. In addition, excessive heat from years of servicing locomotives within the building, left many of the timber columns singed, charred, and eroded to the point where the remaining core material was incapable of supporting its loads. Due to this widespread and extensive deterioration of the original structure, all heavy timber frame construction had to be replicated and replaced. In an effort to maintain as much of the building’s original skeleton as possible, nearly all of its connective hardware was restored and reused. A clerestory and other large windows throughout bring light to the otherwise heavy timber structure. Nodding to its historic roots, the original hoisting equipment was cleaned and left in its original locations amidst a modern office workplace. As guests leave, they see original train tracks, a USPS rail car and tall, fluid prairie grass adorning the landscape, and giving a nod to the facility's rich past.
AIA Central States Region: Honor Award AIA Kansas City: Allied Arts & Craftsmanship Honor Award AIA Kansas City: Reclaiming the Urban Fabric Award U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Phoenix Award for Excellence in Brownfield Redevelopment Urban Design: Cornerstone Award Missouri Preservation Alliance: Preserve Missouri Award Historic Kansas City Foundation: Preservation Award Concrete Promotional Group: Excellence in Concrete Award