“This is one of the rare instances where everyone wins. I appreciate the commitment of every organization involved in this signature building and look forward to the long-term benefits of Polsinelli’s headquarters staying on the Country Club Plaza.”
The team’s challenge was to redesign a partially constructed mixed-use development on the Country Club Plaza for Polsinelli, the new anchor tenant. The building needed to support Polsinelli’s business needs and culture while creating a valuable asset for VanTrust Real Estate and a mixed-use amenity for the community.
The design team’s plan maximizes reuse of the existing construction while creating a new building orientation. The outward-facing orientation acknowledges the prominence of this location and connects it to the Plaza.
To reduce the building’s visual scale while accommodating Polsinelli’s program needs, the massing appears as separate precast and glass elements connected by a central glass link. By sliding the northern building wing to the east and the southern building wing to the west, the team designed an H-shaped footprint that provides outdoor spaces at entries while maximizing the number of offices along windows. The building’s vertical proportions and distinct precast texture pay homage to the adjacent Plaza architecture.
A seven-story cantilevered stairwell that winds through the center of the building like a sculptural wood ribbon creates visual and physical connectivity. HOK’s space plan provides strategic adjacencies that optimize operational efficiencies and gives Polsinelli flexibility to reconfigure its space over its 20-year lease.
Combined with ground-floor retail spaces and the adjacent Hotel Sorella, the addition of Polsinelli’s 450 employees has brought increased activity and vitality to the west side of the Country Club Plaza.
Plaza Vista: 286,460 sq. ft. / 26,570 sq. m.
Polsinelli office space: 225,000 sq. ft. / 20,900 sq. m.
950-car, 6-level parking garage
Kansas City Business Journal – Capstone Award Winner – Mixed Use
Urban Land Institute Kansas City – Developments of Distinction Award
Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute – Best Office Building
Economic Development Council of Kansas City – Cornerstone Award