Reconciliation Services Renovation – Reveal Strength Campaign
BNIM has partnered with Reconciliation Services for the Reveal Strength Campaign in order to renovate their existing building on the corner of 31st and Troost in Kansas City, Missouri. Reconciliation Services (RS) has served the urban core of Kansas City for over three decades, driven by dignity, community, and advocacy to address needs for affordable food access, safe gathering spaces, and building positive connections. The Reveal Strength Campaign focuses on more than the renovation of the historic building. The goal for this $13 million project is to create living-wage jobs, increase social and mental health services, and increase equitable access to programming that connects neighbors and strengthens community engagement. Improvements for this facility include safety upgrades, improving ADA accessibility, expanding Thelma’s Kitchen, long-term sustainability, and community gathering spaces including rebuilding the previously burnt down fifth floor.
BNIM completed the building design and have partnered with Straub and LM2 Construction to bring the vision for the new building to life. LM2 is a Black, woman-owned company, leading one of Kansas City’s most equity-focused developments. This project will be an investment in the Troost Corridor, where people have wanted to see development that still welcomes the community that has been in the area for generations.
“BNIM is honored to partner with Reconciliation Services as we lead the design of this significant renovation project. Through trauma-informed design principles and strategies that directly support the mission of RS to serve their neighbors, the restoration of this place at the corner of 31st and Troost will reveal the strength of Kansas City’s heart and soul, inspire change for good, and enhance the human condition of all who visit. Each of us on the team could not be more excited about what this project means for our city.”
Laura Lesniewski, Principal, BNIM
The Reveal Strength Campaign aims to secure the remaining $4 million needed to renovate the building from the ground up.