BNIM Staying Downtown; Leases Space in Crown Center

BNIM will Move Headquarters to Crown Center

   BNIM announced this morning that it would keep its headquarters in Downtowh Kansas City by leasing nearly 20,000 square feet in the Crown Center office complex, anticipating a move into that space by the end of this year.
    The Kansas City-based architecture firm, which specializes in sustainable design, said it would sign a five-year lease to cover that space on two floors at 2460 Pershing Road. In a news release announcing the deal, BNIM said it was attracted to Crown Center’s environmental commitment, including recent completion of 2015 goals achieving 39 percent energy reduction, 25 percent water reduction and 61 percent waste reduction.

    “BNIM is committed to Kansas City, our city, today and in the future,” CEO Steve McDowell said in the release. “We were thoughtful about this move to Crown Center because it affords us the opportunity to demonstrate our passions for design, transforming existing buildings, and the pursuit of the most innovative design ideas right here in Kansas City, while remaining in the downtown we have always called home. All disciplines – architecture, landscape architecture, interiors, planning, urban design and environmental graphics – are collaborating in the transformation.”

    The search for new space in the region began in earnest after the firm abandoned plans to redevelop1640 Baltimore, in the face of protests over use of tax incentives.  The firm said it would be the first to move into 270,000 square feet of space coming to market at the multi-use complex.

    BNIM has 95 people in its Kansas City Headquarters, and more than 150 company-wide.