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Integrating Universal Design, Sustainability and Historic Preservation

The Whole Person Headquarters
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

“You've taken an unused building and infused it with a real community need and said this is a priority. Having a place in the community for people with disabilities is a real priority here in Kansas City. ”

John Hockenberry, journalist and activist

This adaptive reuse project transformed an unused historic building in midtown Kansas City into a modern headquarters for The Whole Person’s 90 employees. 

The Whole Person provides a range of community services for people with disabilities. By selecting the 1929 Goodenow Textiles Company Building for its new headquarters, the nonprofit organization has a central location, access to public transit and visibility in the community it serves.

The three-story building had suffered many years of neglect. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it needed to be restored in accordance with preservation guidelines to receive $2 million in historic tax credits. These requirements presented challenges related to the design of the column grid, lighting, signage, windows, entries and facade. 

Additionally, the team needed to adhere to universal design principles, which go beyond the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, to ensure that the building is completely accessible to all.

Led by HOK and Centric Projects, the project became one of the country’s first buildings to be both universally designed and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It also achieved The Whole Person’s goals for environmentally responsible design.

To support the nonprofit’s mission of community outreach and education, the building offers a computer resource center, meeting rooms and a large multipurpose gathering space for presentations, conferences, movies and other community events.

The building restoration bolsters revitalization efforts along Main Street being led by the Main Street Corridor Development Corporation and the city of Kansas City.


39,300 sq. ft. / 3,650 sq. m.


Facility Programming
Interior Design
Landscape Architecture 


Kansas City Business Journal – Capstone Award for Adaptive Reuse


12 April 2013
“Capstone Awards: The Whole Person” 
Kansas City Business Journal

28 March 2013
“John Hockenberry’s Ribbon Cutting Message”