Spurred by Growth in Staff Size and Company Culture
KANSAS CITY (August 23, 2016) — ACI Boland Architects is preparing for a move to the Crossroads Arts District, into a former Film Row building at 1706-10 Wyandotte. The move is spurred both by growth — the firm’s staff has expanded 35 percent in the past eight months — and a desire to better reflect the company’s creative culture.
The move caps a year-long search across the Kansas City metro for a new space. The Crossroads Arts District has bloomed over the past two decades into a haven for artists, tech companies and civic organizations such as the Kansas City Symphony.
“Our team is engaged in creative work every day, helping guide clients through their architectural journeys,” says ACI Boland principal Vic Mosby. “We realized we needed to apply equal attention to our own journey. A space like this helps attract and retain talent, and continuously inspires our team’s creativity and innovation.”
ACI Boland has earned a reputation as a market leader in design for commercial, education and healthcare facilities, but is increasingly providing architectural services for other markets as well. The now 50-person firm has added 11 people since December to accommodate their growth.
Recognizing a headquarters is an architect’s calling card, the firm had a clear vision for the interior:
· A modern mix of old and new. The space was once two buildings and the exterior brick wall dividing the two now provides organizational structure for a large studio. Strategically-placed holes in the exposed brick wall allows for continuous collaboration.
· A flexible, inspiring place to work. Natural daylight brightens the interior, which is structured to allow employees to choose how and where they work. Focus spaces include wireless desktops, conference rooms, classrooms, resource library, kitchen, lounge spaces and a spectacular rooftop deck.
· A technology-rich environment. The building accommodates current and future tech, so nothing stands in the way of dynamic communication. Virtual desktops, wireless screen-sharing, cloud-based computer systems and soft phones cut the cords and support flexibility.
· An innovative response to design challenges. The two-story portion of the building was originally planned for two separate tenants, with a common entry vestibule. The entrance was redesigned to include a double-height atrium and reception area.
The building is owned by Walnut Creek Ranch, LLC with Shirley Bush Helzberg as the developer. It’s one of several buildings Helzberg has redeveloped at each corner of 17th & Wyandotte, including the restoration of the historic Webster School into the Webster House Antiques & Restaurant, renovation of the Vitagraph Film Exchange Building and construction of the Webster Garage.
“ACI Boland is exactly the type of tenant Shirley hopes to attract to her office properties,” says Peter Lacy, President of Lacy & Company. “They are successful leaders in their field and growing into other areas. Their presence will greatly enhance the vibrancy of the neighborhood.”
Lacy & Company served as the owner’s representative and leasing agent. ACI-Boland was represented by Travis Gage of CBRE. JE Dunn Construction executed Helix Architecture + Design’s plan for the building shell renovations, and also completed ACI Boland’s tenant improvements. In addition to creating its own vision for the interior, ACI Boland is working with DesignHaus to develop environmental signage that captures the firm’s focus on the journey.
About ACI Boland Architects
ACI Boland Architects focuses on the design of innovative and sustainable facilities. Since 1979, we’ve supported our clients with a full range of architectural, planning and interior design services for a variety of project types. Today, four principals in two offices lead our efforts in several markets, including commercial, education, healthcare, senior living and the public sector. With our clients, we’re always exploring new solutions that celebrate the journey of architecture — both embracing history and looking forward.