Historic Missouri church rises from the ashes with an eco-friendly twist

April 3, 2017 by  
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When the 2011 catastrophic fire ravaged the historic Westport Presbyterian Church in Kansas City , much of the church’s structure and finishes were completely destroyed. Fortunately, however, the original limestone facade survived in good condition. Rather than knock down the building and start anew, Kansas City-based design firm BNIM reconstructed the iconic church, from the painstaking restoration of sacred components to the creation of a new addition that features modern and eco-friendly elements. Built in 1905, the 27,000-square-foot multi-story Westport Presbyterian Church is one of the most iconic buildings in Kansas City’s historic Westport community. BNIM and the community came together to rebuild the church and tackle the challenges of preserving original elements while crafting a space that was also dynamic and progressive. Parts of the church considered not sacred were deconstructed and large amounts of salvaged material —from the reclamation of 40,000 feet of pinewood framing material to the reuse of original limestone—were used in reconstruction. The restored and renovated church features a new addition with a 150-seat sanctuary, 40-seat chapel , gathering space, fellowship room, 3,000-square-foot multipurpose room, a 1,000-square-foot street-facing “community room”, administrative offices and office space that will be leased to a Westport area nonprofit. The renovation includes energy saving elements such as LEDs and contemporary stormwater management practices. All stained glass was restored and reinstalled in contemporary mounting. The project won an AIA Kansas Merit Award and an AIA Kansas City Citation Award. Related: Stunning see-through church is made from stacked weathered steel “This is one that put a smile on all our faces,” said an AIA Kansas City jury member. “There was a fire, and it destroyed just about everything on this church except for the stone walls. For the community to come together and rebuild this, and do it in such a thoughtful, elegant, and modern way, was something the jury really applauded.” Another jury member added: “It wasn’t just a restoration, it was a repositioning of the whole church itself. It made for a better building, and we think more connected to the community.” + BNIM Images via BNIM

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Google starts giving free internet access to Fiber cities’ public housing residents

February 12, 2016 by  
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Google has started rolling out its plan to provide free internet access to its Google Fiber cities, beginning with the program’s original market in Kansas City. Residents in all 100 homes of the West Bluff property can sign up for free internet access up to 1,000 mbps, a service that is still very much a luxury in lower income locations. The best part is that the company is only just getting started. Read the rest of Google starts giving free internet access to Fiber cities’ public housing residents

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Beautiful green-roofed trail center in Sweden mimics a fallen pinecone

February 12, 2016 by  
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The Make it Right foundation releases six new home designs for its Kansas City Manheim Park project

February 3, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of The Make it Right foundation releases six new home designs for its Kansas City Manheim Park project Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BNIM , DRAW , El Dorado Architecture , Hufft , KEM Studio , Make it Right Achitecture , Make It Right Foundation , Make it Right Kansas City , Make it Right single family homes , Manheim Park Kansas City , Manheim Park Make it Right , Missouri Make it RIght , pendulum

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Luxury Survival Condo Lets the Wealthy Escape From a Nuclear Apocalypse in Style

December 3, 2014 by  
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California Could Run Out of Water in Less Than Two Years

May 29, 2014 by  
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The U.S. Drought Monitor has released its latest report and the results are deeply troubling. Seven states are experiencing long-term severe drought, resulting in severe water scarcity and profound agricultural losses, and California only has enough water reserves to last roughly two years. Read the rest of California Could Run Out of Water in Less Than Two Years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 7 US states without water , agriculture , Arizona , California , Drought , Kansas , nevada , New Mexico , oklahoma , severe drought , texas , U.S. drought , U.S. drought monitor , U.S.A. , water issues

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USDA Whistleblowers Warn of Chemical Hazards in Poultry Plants

April 26, 2013 by  
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Recently, states such as New York, Montana, North Dakota, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri have passed  laws that seek to outlaw or limit undercover farm investigations that have been dubbed “ ag-gag bills ” by activists. But there are still many people who refuse to remain silent in the face of animal and human abuse. The Food Integrity Campagin and The Government Accountability Project have this week published a pair of affidavits from USDA inspectors reporting the unsafe use of chemicals in poultry processing plants and their effects on worker safety. Read the rest of USDA Whistleblowers Warn of Chemical Hazards in Poultry Plants Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: affidavit , chemicals , contamination , inspector , iowa , Kansas , Missouri , montana , New York. , north dakota , offline processing , online processing , peracetic acid , poultry , processing plant , the food integrity campagin , the government accountability project , usda , whistleblower , worker safety        

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Net Zero Williams-York Residence Achieves LEED Platinum in Kansas

March 28, 2013 by  
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Bloom: Floating Phytoplankton Farm Absorbs Carbon Dioxide and Monitors Rising Sea Levels

March 28, 2013 by  
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El Dorado brings Socially and Environmentally Sustainable Echo Ridge Community to Topeka, Kansas

October 16, 2012 by  
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