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A New Headquarters for Polsinelli Along the Plaza

Plaza Vista Mixed-Use Development
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

“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.”

Sly James
Mayor, Kansas City

HOK’s design team collaborated with Polsinelli, JE Dunn Construction and Plaza Vista developer VanTrust Real Estate to deliver an iconic building that celebrates a world-class law firm.

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.

LEED CERTIFICATION

LEED certified

SIZE

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

SERVICES

Architecture
Facility Programming
Graphics
Interior Design
Master Planning

AWARDS

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

41%

Reduction in potable water use compared to a baseline design

24%

Reduction in energy use compared to a baseline design

 
NEWS

7 March 2014
“Capstone: Plaza Vista” 
Kansas City Business Journal

12 November 2013
“Polsinelli Unveils New Headquarters Building”
Kansas City Business Journal