BNIM Receives Two Prestigious GSA 2006 Design Awards

Kansas City, Mo. - BNIM Architects today announced that the General Services Administration (GSA), the civilian government’s largest real estate developer, owner and manager, selected the firm for two 2006 Design Awards. The Skylight Atrium for the Bannister Federal Complex was chosen for an Honor Award in Interior Design. The Internal Revenue Service Kansas City Campus, a BNIM 360 project, was chosen for a Citation in Lease Construction. Both projects are located in Kansas City, Mo.

The GSA Design Awards recognize outstanding achievements on GSA projects, representing the highest standards of excellence in building design and construction. The focus in this biennial awards program is on high performance and uncompromising quality in buildings and public spaces developed for GSA clients. Out of 115 award entries, the GSA gave only 4 Honor Awards and 14 Citation Awards.

“Everyone at the General Services Administration’s Heartland Region is extremely pleased with the results of both the Bannister Federal Complex and IRS Campus projects. BNIM Architects demonstrated aesthetic sensibilities, technical and functional proficiency, sustainability expertise and innovation in their design,” said Brad Scott, Regional Administrator, General Services Administration. “The integrity of their designs for the GSA has contributed to the quality of the federal workplace and has brought a richer sense of place to Kansas City. These two GSA 2006 Design Awards are well deserved.”

For the Bannister Federal Complex project, BNIM was hired to bring natural light into a central circulation space of a converted 1940’s warehouse. The solution evolved into a light well and a “light machine” to bring natural daylight into the heart of the building and guide it to the adjoining office spaces. The new atrium space, located on a main North-South hallway, provides a moment of light and air in an otherwise dark warehouse. The project is designed to transcend the typical work environment using sustainable design principles and the GSA’s Workplace 2020 initiatives to enhance the life of the users with light, color and inspiration. “What began as a general vision for a sky-lit corridor was transformed, through true collaboration, into a multi-functional space that enhances the pedestrian movement and, more importantly, increases the value of the surrounding spaces,” said Steve McDowell, design principal with BNIM Architects.

The Internal Revenue Service Kansas City Campus, designed by BNIM 360, is a 1,140,000 square foot facility that consolidates all the IRS’ Kansas City functions in single complex. The existing Post Office building anchors the IRS Kansas City Campus site and is the public entrance to the building. A new 600,000 sq. ft. office space addition is divided into three wings housing the processing functions. The facility is designed to accommodate over 7,000 employees during the peak tax season. Additional components include 70,000 square feet of warehouse space, a cafeteria, training facilities, an atrium in the historic Post Office and parking garages for 4,900 cars.

The design closely follows IRS and General Services Administration specifications, and is a prototype building that was established by the IRS/GSA for their replacement facilities. The project is designed and planned following sustainable design principles and will pursue LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Each of the three wings is designed to be shut down individually for maximum flexibility and efficiency during non-peak periods. Increased productivity through a quality work environment is addressed with access to daylight and improved workstation standards. “The project is exemplary for recognizing and embodying the IRS mission and programming needs and incorporating the urban and civic history of Kansas City,” said McDowell.

“Like the Associates at GSA, BNIM embraces their projects and challenges with a passion that transcends merely ‘getting the job done’. At GSA, often, we are only as good as our industry partners. BNIM has proven to be an outstanding partner in so many of our endeavors,” said Scott.

A ceremony celebrating all the awards and honoring BNIM Architects and BNIM 360 will be held in Washington, D.C on March 29, 2007.