Well more than 100 health-care educators and executives joined civic and business leaders from around Kansas City this morning, along with faculty staff and students, for the formal re-opening of the Administration Building at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.
The ribbon-cutting for the renovated building, a 100-year-old structure that was originally the home to the first Children’s Mercy Hospital, also served as the official kickoff for the medical school’s centennial celebration in 2016.
“We are proud of our past, and look forward to a bright future of educating the region’s top physicians,” said KCU’s chief executive, Marc Hahn. “As we enter 2016 and beyond, we anticipate 100 more years colored by collaboration, research and community.”
All three of those themes surfaced throughout a one-hour ceremony leading up to the ribbon-cutting:
The 16-month renovation, completed in December, gives KCU a silver LEED-certified building to serve as its administrative base. Helix + Architecture did the design work on the building, and JE Dunn Construction was resposnbile for gutting the existing structure and producing the finished product.