St. Louis Design Firm Expanding Into Kansas City



     Kansas City’s status in the design world will take on additional heft next week when St. Louis-based SWT Design opens its office in the Crossroads District. The 21-year-old firm specializes in landscape architecture, planning, and urban design.

      Jim Wolderman, co-founder of SWT Design, said the decision to expand into the Kansas City area followed a years-long process of developing successful projects and a robust professional network, and “solidifies the firm’s continued investment within the region.” “We’ve been thinking about this move for some time now,” he said in a news release announcing the expansion. “Expanding our reach is an important part of our strategic plan for growth. We’re already here. What we want now is to be part of the Kansas City community permanently.”

     SWT’s studio will open on Monday, and the firm has hired Cale Doornbos, a veteran area designer, to lead the operation. Among the projects he’s worked on in this area are 18Broadway, a city-block urban agriculture installment in the Crossroads district, the Black & Veatch headquarters Expansion, the new Dairy Farmers of America headquarters in Wyandotte County, the Kansas State Olathe Innovation Campus and the 51st & Oak mixed-use development.