“We could not be more pleased with how every aspect of the building and design came together.”
As the anchor tenant of the Plaza Vista mixed-use development, Polsinelli had clear goals for the building’s interior environment and architectural character. The team worked closely with the law firm’s leaders and developer VanTrust Real Estate to design a building that achieved Polsinelli’s vision while creating a valuable asset for VanTrust.
Designed to showcase views of Country Club Plaza, the interior environment for Polsinelli’s 450 employees is timeless and metropolitan. A seven-story, cantilevered stairwell winds through the center of the building and acts like a sculptural wood ribbon that creates visual and physical connectivity. As the primary architectural element in the space, the stairwell provides a graceful elegance that balances the rectilinear forms of the building.
The plan’s strategic adjacencies optimize operational efficiencies and give Polsinelli the flexibility to reconfigure the layout over its 20-year lease. The team paid close attention to the size and allocation of offices, libraries, attorney lounges and other ancillary areas.
Polsinelli’s modern work environment features collaborative seating areas throughout the building and sit-stand workstations in all administrative and associate offices. Multipurpose training rooms provide space for mock trials, while the attorney lounge provides flexible seating options.
The LEED-certified building features an H-shaped footprint composed of two precast and glass structures connected by a central glass link. The massing of the structure reduces the building’s visual scale, creates outdoor spaces at the entries and maximizes the number of offices along the windows. Vertical proportions and a distinct precast texture pay homage to the surrounding Country Club Plaza architecture.
HOK has also designed renovations to Polsinelli offices in New York; San Francisco; Atlanta; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Washington, D.C.; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Overland Park and Topeka, Kansas.
Polsinelli office building: 225,000 sq. ft. / 20,900 sq. m.
Plaza Vista mixed-use development: 250,000 sq. ft. / 23,225 sq. m.
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