New LEED Certified Office Building
Two Hallbrook, sitting on a steeply sloping site giving the building a dramatic presence along the street, is a Class A office building in an upscale neighborhood known as Hallbrook in metropolitan Kansas City.
The exterior of the building is conceived as a “grand colonnade” perched on the green plinth. Full height columns create a deeply recessed window wall, providing sun protection and uninterrupted views.
Maximum day-lighting filters deep into the interior, with glass extending to the 9 foot ceiling plane enhancing the open daylight feel. The top floor has sun shades to bounce light off the ceiling and further reduce the need for artificial lighting.
The lobby, which can be entered from either the east of west, is composed of a series of spatial narrowing and expansions that enhance the “arrival experience” while leading to the elevator lobby and grand stair.
Parking count has been minimized and the overall parking layout compressed into the smallest area possible with heavy landscaping including extensive “tree canopy” islands. Exterior site amenities include a casual sitting terrace with cascading water feature.
Two Hallbrook is the first speculative office building located in metropolitan Kansas City area to achieve LEED Silver certification. The long term owners recognize the value of quality design and construction and were anxious to demonstrate their leadership by being good stewards of the environment.
Architects: Piper-Wind-Goodman Associates – a design collaborative
Contractor: J.E. Dunn Construction