The leaders of H&R Block, which was founded in Kansas City, sought to attract a new generation of talented professionals who would be drawn to the vibrant, creative environment offered by the city’s revitalized downtown core.
Three main business drivers guided HOK’s design for the new headquarters: connectivity, collaboration and community.
A distinctive elliptical shape establishes the building’s identity on the downtown skyline. The strikingly elegant shape is enhanced by a high-performance glass skin.
H&R Block wanted the new workplace to help transform its corporate culture. HOK developed a unique open-plan layout with customized furniture, underfloor air for increased comfort, and state-of-the-art technology and communications systems.
The three-story, low-rise portion of the complex includes a modern cafeteria, conference rooms, retail offices and a 330-seat theater that H&R Block shares with the Kansas City Repertory Theater.
Additional building features include a two-story glass lobby with a 20-foot-tall natural stone water wall, an outdoor plaza with water features and a 25,000-sq.-ft. data center.
Five levels of parking under the building accommodate 1,000 automobiles for H&R Block associates and visitors to the neighboring Kansas City Power & Light District.
625,000 sq. ft. / 58,065 sq. m.
1,000-car parking garage
Urban Land Institute Kansas City – Development of Distinction Award
Construction Specifications Institute – Excellence in Craftsmanship: Wood Accents
Design-Build Institute of America – National Award, Best Project Private Sector More than $15 Million
Design-Build Institute of America, Mid-America Chapter – Project of the Year Award
Masonry Construction Magazine – Project of the Year Award, Honorable Mention
AIA Kansas City – Citation Award for Craftsmanship in Architecture, Wood Accents
Kansas City Business Journal – Capstone Award, Office Category
Construction Specifications Institute Kansas City Chapter – Excellence in Engineering Award