Description: The Kansas City Missouri City Hall, which was dedicated to the residences of the City on October 25, 1937, is the tallest and most prominent of three buildings constructed as part of the "Ten Year Plan" bond program passed in 1931. The plan was presented to the public as a vision of stability, progress and faith in the future, and as a way to counter the effects of the Great Depression. This 30 story building is the third tallest building in the City and remains one of the tallest city halls in the country, housing nearly 750 City government employees.
In 1999 Piper-Wind Architects, Inc. was retained by the City of Kansas City, Missouri City Architect's office to develop historically appropriate design solutions for renovating the building public spaces and office space. The primary purpose of the renovation was to: 1) incorporate life safety (automatic fire sprinkler system and fire alarm system) into the building, 2) integrate ADA compliant building standards into the building, 3) update the mechanical/electrical/a and plumbing systems to more efficient standards, 4) to update the data wiring to accommodate today's telecommunications and data networks, and 5) to improve the work environment for the employees to promote a more efficient work environment. Piper-Wind Architects, Inc. worked closely with the City Architects Office, the Building Security Officer, the Building Superintendant, and the City's ADA compliance officer in the development of design solutions for the building upgrades.
One of the challenges of this project is to develop a phasing plan that would allow the various departments within City Hall to remain 100% operational while the renovation work is taking place. To accomplish this, the work was done in stages. To date Piper-Wind Architects has developed the construction documents for the complete renovation of the 1st, 4th, 5th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 22nd and 24th floors of City Hall. The cost of construction on these projects ranged from $300,000 to $1.1 M for a total to date of $12 Million.