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  1. Commercial
  2. Residential
What do Architects do?  It is commonly known among Architectural Professionals that there are general misunderstandings about what Architects actually do.  (The reasons for this are part of a broader topic that must be broached within a different context.)  As a member of the architectural professional community, in a social setting I am sometimes asked “What exactly is it […]
  1. Mixed-use
  2. Video
Midtown Kansas City’s expansion of their streetcar line prompts Main Street development, bringing new opportunities to the Broadway Gillham neighborhood. Following the proposed extension of the Main Street streetcar line, FFV Partnership contracted b+a architecture to develop a mixed-use residential and retail building whose presence would replace a long-vacant eyesore and bring much-needed quality housing […]
  1. Mixed-use
In 2015, a devastating and deadly fire reduced the northwest corner of Independence and Prospect Avenues to rubble, leaving behind a vacant lot and a neighborhood in ruin. Since that time, one local developer had their plan for a commercial-only building turned down by city council in a decision that spoke to the aspirations of […]
  1. Commercial
  2. Video
When an architecture design or construction project goes over-budget, the most common way to mitigate concerns is through value engineering. However, value engineering is not based on cost-cutting alone. The true value of this process considers every possible option and never loses sight of the desired end result. What is Value Engineering? The term value […]
  1. Residential
I read a survey recently that looked at reasons why people do or don’t hire architects when they build a new home. The results were fascinating. It’s estimated that architects design somewhere between 2% and 10% of new homes. That means that 90% to 98% of those building new homes miss out on an immensely valuable service. […]
  1. Video
Real-time rendering is on the rise throughout the design industry. In light of this trend, any sector that focuses on design as a guiding principle—architecture, entertainment, fashion, engineering, and so on—is likely already putting it to work for them. Since the 1990s, we have leveraged computers and CAD software to render our designs and this, […]
  1. Residential
The Kansas City Business Journal recently published an op-ed about the affordable housing market crisis in KC. It highlights some new developments that may shift the balance of geared-to-income units from 23 percent to about 15 percent of downtown rentals.  To summarize, it talks about 5000 new market-rate apartments that are either under construction or in the planning stages, […]

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The ground was officially broken on 2600 Independence Ave this week! We’re thrilled and honored to have Mayor Quinton Lucas, Kansas City Fire Department, State Rep. Barbara Washington, families of the two fallen firefighters, Larry Leggio and John Mesh, join us for this incredible groundbreaking ceremony. The new mixed-use development consists of seven retail spaces […]

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