Get Involved in the Selection

Meet the Design Teams for the Downtown Campus for the Arts

Five design teams will present concepts of the first phase of the proposed Downtown Campus for the Arts for the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the future home for the Conservatory of Music and Dance.

The public is invited to share their thoughts at an Urban Design Charette process as part of selecting the design team for the project. The five teams will work with UMKC students from the Conservatory and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Architecture, Urban Planning and Design program to prepare concepts that will display options and opportunities for the proposed project.

The five finalists are BNIM Architects with Ann Beha Architects; El Dorado Inc. with Ennead, Helix Architecture with HGA; Hoefer Wysocki Architecture with Pfeiffer Partners; and International Architects Atelier with SnØhetta.

The selected team will be announced later in the month of September after team interviews and contract negotiations are completed.

Kickoff Reception

Thursday, Sept. 11 – 5:30 – 8 p.m. – ArtsKC, 106 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, Mo.

The teams will be introduced to the community.

Public Presentations

Sunday, Sept. 14 – 2 – 5 p.m.Greater KC Chamber Board Room, Union Station

The teams will present their thoughts, processes and concepts to the community.

A group of anonymous donors, working with the Downtown Council, assembled an 80,000-square-foot tract that can accommodate Phase I of the multi-phase project. The site covers a full city block bounded by Broadway, Central, 17th and 18th streets, directly south of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

The tract is being donated contingent on a successful campaign by UMKC to raise the full $96 million estimated cost for Phase I through private gifts and State matching funds. The announcement marks the third milestone in the progress of the Downtown Campus, following the public release of detailed impact studies and the announcement months ago of a $20 million challenge grant pledge by the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation.

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