SEEDocs: Bancroft School Revitalization

SEEDocs: Bancroft School Revitalization

In February 2012, Dalmark Development Group, Make It Right and BNIM announced that the Bancroft School Development received a Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Competition Design Award. The Awards honor extraordinary design projects that are committed to high quality public interest design.

The SEED Awards are a wonderful alignment with BNIM's firm values which espouse a generous design approach for building vibrant communities. This year, each of the SEED Award winners were asked to participate in a documentary that would capture the essence of the project, the community and the unique qualities that made each project a winner. Please take a few minute to view the results of this documentary. Many thanks to Design Corps for sharing the message. View all of the documentaries at the SEEDocs website.

SEEDocs: Bancroft School Revitalization from Design Corps on Vimeo.

"Building trust with diverse cultures involves listening because the answer is in the room… This project has uplifted humanity by not inducing dependency but by creating empowerment."
Saundra Hayes, Historic Manheim Park Neighborhood Association

"No one knows as much as everyone. And really when everyone’s ideas are taken into account and distilled into something meaningful, the outcome is always better."
Sam de Jong, BNIM

The Bancroft School Revitalization was one of six projects selected out of forty-five entries submitted from fourteen countries.

This ambitious project — within the Kansas City's Green Impact Zone — includes three main parts: the re-use of a vacant neighborhood school, new affordable housing to replace blighted structures, and new outdoor public spaces. The design team facilitated the participatory design process with the community in a “collaborative dialogue of discovery.” Dalmark Development Group identified the funding metrics to ensure the project was sustainable in nature, both environmentally and economically. The project team has raised $2.1 million and is looking for the final $200k needed to build a LEED Platinum project. A community benefits agreement, fully approved by the community, is being used to assure that community expectations will be met.

The redevelopment of the Bancroft School will provide 29 units of housing with an additional 21 new construction units built on the site, for a total of 50 units.

The project will provide an economic catalyst for the Troost corridor and Manheim Park Neighborhood through the revitalization of neighborhood infrastructure and housing, creation of a transit corridor to spur economic development and job creation, as well as community education and support programs.

Team: Make it Right Foundation, BNIM Architecture + Planning, Dalmark Development and Management Group, Historic Manheim Park Association, Neighborhood Housing Services, Green Impact Zone, Straub Construction, Truman Medical Group