Repurposing the extant John K. Stark School into a residential re-entry facility
The Jackson County Legislature has recently approved a zoning change for the repurposing of the extant John K. Stark School, located at 17th & Stark Avenue, Blue Summit, MO, into a residential re-entry facility. B+A was hired to provide preliminary design for the proposed adaptive re-use, and for the modernization and… Read more.
Real-Time Rendering: Ushering in a New Era of Design Visualization
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… Read more.
The Multifamily “Amenities War”: Choosing Apartment Amenities that Deliver ROI
Among KC multifamily residential developers, an “Amenities War” is being waged. It’s a race to see who can offer the best leisure, lifestyle, and geared-to-family experiences that will attract quality renters and keep them over the long-term. The problem is, residents are demanding more, though they are not necessarily willing… Read more.
Value Engineering: what does it mean in the scope of construction?
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… Read more.
Expedite The Approval Process of The City: A Case Study on 3260 Main Mixed-use Building
FFV Development, LLC, is a commercial real estate development company in Kansas City. They plan to develop a seven-story mixed-use building, including 83 apartments with parking garage and about 7,100 square feet of retail on an underused surface parking lot at 3260 Main St. It is estimated to be a… Read more.
Clubhouse Design for Summit Homes
This spring, we have completed the clubhouse design for Summit Homes, a company invested in by Berkshire-Hathaway. The design is for the clubhouse at the Reserve at Stoney Creek, Lee’s Summit, Jackson County, Missouri. The 3,000 sq. ft. clubhouse has a spacious, comfortable lounge, a fully-equipped kitchen and an outdoor… Read more.
Top 6 Senior Housing Design Trends for 2018
As 2018 takes off, let’s take a look at what senior housing architecture and design trends will evolve to help developers and designers meet today’s challenges. 1. Wellness Center/Wellness Program New residents aren’t happy with just a fitness center equipped with a treadmill and an exercise bike. There’s an… Read more.
3260 Main Mixed-Use and W39 Apartments
3260 Main Mixed-Use and W39 Apartments are two KC Midtown development projects B+A Architecture has been working on for FFV Development, LLC. 3260 Main is a $17.2 million mixed-use project located at 3260 Main Street. It’s a six-story mixed use building with 82 apartments and about 7,500… Read more.
What renters want for the next-gen apartment
The multifamily industry attempts to entice renters with cutting-edge homes with the latest smart-home technology, stylish interiors, and lifestyle-enhancing amenities. But according to the most recent J Turner Research study, which garnered 84,924 responses nationwide, not all renters are ready and willing to pay for such upgrades. Residents are definitively… Read more.
The Top 4 Senior Living Design Trends in 2016
Senior living is still one of the most active segments of the multifamily area this year. When it comes to the design of new construction projects as well as renovations and updates of senior living, the competitor is tight. According to data tracked by the National Investment Center for Seniors… Read more.
The Grand Tetons model units at Park Reserve are ready for tour
We're thrilled to know the Grand Tetons module units for Phase III at Park Reserve designed by b+a architecture is ready for tour now! Shedule a tour today at www.parkreservekc.com! The Grand Tetons Model Units from BA_Architecture on Vimeo. Read more.
Seven Property Types to Invest in 2016
Halfway through 2016, seven property types could prove to be the most profitable this year. 1. Seniors Housing Senior housing increases as an investment opportunity with the U.S. aging demographics. Andy McCulloch, managing director and head of real estate analytics at Green Street Advisors suggests, “Despite an alluring long-term… Read more.
A Conceptual Model: The Renovation of An Existing House on Ann Avenue in Historic Strawberry Hills, Kansas City, KS
This conceptual model displays the design for the renovation of an existing house on Ann Avenue in Historic Strawberry Hill, Kansas City, Kansas. The two story home is very narrow; at 780ft2, and exterior walls of heavy natural limestone create the outside perimeter with a large front porch and a… Read more.
The Strawberry Hill Townhomes
We’re proud to see the Strawberry Hill Townhomes we designed back in 2009 are still featured on Kansas City BPU’s website. We designed this series of townhomes at 5th and Ann Avenue for CHWC (Catholic Housing of Wyandotte County) in 2009. To “built a community where people could worship, celebrate and prosper while maintaining… Read more.
Reflections on the Gem Theater Revitalization Project
Article written by by Dennis Bradley, Principal of b+a architecture A recent report by the Kansas Business Journal about the undergoing efforts to raise additional funding for the Historic 18th and Vine District got me reminiscing about the financial and design challenges I was confronted 30 years ago when I was… Read more.
In a recent meeting with a prospective client we were told there are 6,000 people in the United States that turn 65 every day and that trend will continiue until 2030. Another trend we are starting to see is the desire of those people to stay in their own home… Read more.
Owner Dennis Bradley Mentioned in Kansas City Star
APARTMENTS PLANNED FOR WEST BOTTOMS SITE BY KEVIN COLLISON Wayne Reeder has a reputation for tackling tough downtown area redevelopment projects, and his latest endeavor in the West Bottoms ranks right up there. His development entity, the Reeder Family Trust, has purchased the industrial block northeast of Union Avenue and… Read more.
OUT-OF-THE-BOX APPLICATIONS FOR SHIPPING CONTAINERS
Creative Building Teams use containers for a pop-up retail district and a college football hospitality club Shipping container construction has been in vogue for nearly a decade. Heck, even Starbucks is using the building method in select locations. But two recent projects are especially noteworthy in demonstrating the possibilities of… Read more.
Neutralize the negative direction for the water
In feng shui, water symbolizes wealth and prosperity. Its location in feng shui is especially important. To achieve this requirement, you can build a project in their home country or to purchase available. However, to ensure that it meets the specific feng shui principles to your home. In the first… Read more.