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Public-Private Partnership Creates Model For Civic Redevelopment

Internal Revenue Service Center
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

“Details, such as windows at standing and sitting height, speak to the care with which the architects have thought about the human experience as well as the more utilitarian operations of the facility.”

AIA Kansas Jury

The new facility consolidates IRS employees from seven locations into one campus and creates a new civic presence in downtown Kansas City.

As a model of design excellence for civic buildings, the Internal Revenue Service Center provides a healthy, comfortable and productive workplace for 7,000 IRS employees. The design supports the needs of staff and provides new connections to the city.

Through a unique public-private partnership between DST Realty and the General Services Administration, the center advances the city’s ongoing revitalization by bringing together several downtown landmarks. The 27-acre site lies just south of Union Station and includes the historic 475,000-sq.-ft. Post Office, which serves as the facility’s main entrance.  

The design breaks down the large program into small parts, both aesthetically and functionally. To accommodate the IRS’s changing operations at different times of the year, the building has three separate wings that link along an interior circulation spine.

Natural light fills the public areas and workspaces. At the heart of the complex, a cafeteria and outdoor plaza provide a social hub. Courtyards, a linear garden and a winding pathway offer the IRS’s people relaxing spaces and access to the city.

Broad exterior walls are clad in precast concrete banded to create a rich texture. Strip windows arranged in a staggered pattern perforate this surface to complement the concrete bands. Wall expanses are interrupted by glass-enclosed stair halls. On upper floors, multistory glazed volumes are set back from the building line.

The project was designed through a partnership between HOK and BNIM. 


LEED certified


1.14 million sq. ft. / 106,000 sq. m.
27 acres / 11 hectares
3,600-car parking carage 




AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Green – Top Ten Green Projects Award, Honorable Mention

Building Design + Construction – Building Team Awards – Bronze Award

AIA Kansas – Merit Award, Architecture

Kansas City Business Journal – Capstone Award for Community Impact

Kansas City Economic Development Corporation – Cornerstone Award

GSA Design Awards – Citation Award – Lease Construction

AIA Kansas City – Citation Award