KCU's Administration Building has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its energy-efficient, high-performing design and construction. The University partnered with Kansas City, Mo.-based Helix Architecture + Design on the renovation as part of our five-year Campus Master Plan. J.E. Dunn served as general contractor on the renovation.
The Administration Building occupies what was once Children's Mercy Hospital, built in 1916. As the KCU campus has grown and been transformed into a cutting-edge academic center, careful planning and thought was given to the complete renovation of the historic building. The University, mindful of its role as an environmental steward and ambassador of its Historic Northeast Neighborhood, maintained the character of much of the building, while transforming it into a progressive academic administrative hub.
The building was certified in part through adaptation of the building's urban environment into the overall plan. Careful thought went into public transportation access, walkability, proximity to dining and amenities, and maximizing the green space around the building.