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  • 16 May 2016 1:11 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    Burns & McDonnell on Thursday celebrated the opening of an expansion of its world headquarters, a building that would make many Kansas City office employees envious.

    The four-story, 310,000-square-foot building at 9450 Ward Parkway is the third structure on the architecture, engineering and construction firm’s 37-acre campus in south Kansas City.

    And the building was designed with some key amenities in mind, including an expanded health center with nurse practitioners on site, a full-service pharmacy and a coffee bar with barista service.

    “Our vision for this building was to create a capstone to the Ward Parkway corridor and to really express the forward-thinking, big, bold move that Burns & Mac makes in the business we do every day for our clients in this building,” said Lori Top, a Burns & McDonnell architect and the project manager. “Hopefully, we have done that.”

    The company has 2,700 employees in Kansas City, about half of its 5,400 workers worldwide.

    Read more and view photos here

  • 16 Feb 2016 10:17 AM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    Kingswood Senior Living Community, a leader in the Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) concept and one of the region’s premier senior living destinations -- today announced plans to break ground on a $34.7 million redesign and expansion project to meet the evolving needs of current and prospective residents.

    Kingswood has been rooted in the community for more than three decades providing the highest quality continuum of care. Kingswood is located on 30 acres in south Kansas City and, with the redesign, will continue to lift the senior living experience to new levels – expanding residential choices, promoting increased wellness and social engagement and improving physical and mental health services.

    From more assisted living residences to a new rooftop dining venue, Kingswood’s redesign promises comprehensive change while maintaining its inviting, neighborhood-like setting.

    Plans include a major overhaul of the Clubhouse, the hub of the Kingswood community. The main lobby will be completely refurbished and feature a grand entrance with an elegant staircase and a new elevator. This will be done by lowering the entire front entrance a full story to create a more accessible and inviting reception area. First-floor amenities will include a new bistro dining venue, convenience store and library. The second floor will be updated with new interior décor, accessibility improvements in dining areas and new rooftop terrace dining to enable residents to take meals overlooking the property. The second floor also will feature a new art studio, a movie theatre complete with silver screen and plush seating, and a state-of-the-art performing arts center. The new performing arts center, with its Steinway grand piano, is expected to remain a recurring recital stop for students from UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and Dance who have performed at Kingswood for years. More assisted-living and memory care suites to meet increasing demand One of four apartment buildings on the property will undergo a significant redesign to keep pace with new and future residents’ assisted-living and memory-care needs. Kingswood plans to convert 47 independent living apartments on three floors of the North building into 30 assisted living residences and 23 memory

    care suites. The conversion will feature new dining areas, activity rooms, a beauty salon and more common areas for residents to gather or greet outside guests. All will be designed to create a comfortable home-like feel. Construction completion of the North building redesign is expected in the fall of this year.

    “The intent of these changes is to stay ahead of the expectations curve of our current and future residents and the increased demand for memory care and assisted living services,” said Terri Moore, Kingswood Executive Director. “In addition to redesigning our community, we’re repositioning Kingswood as the modern alternative in senior living with a sharpened focus on delivering services that seniors will increasingly need.”

    Moore added that residents’ health and fitness will rise as a priority at Kingswood with the addition of new and expanded offerings at the community’s Wellness Center. New suites will be added for physical therapy and occupational therapy, cardiovascular and strength training, group fitness activities, wellness classes and spa treatments. The spa will be part of a new high-end salon. The entrance to the community’s zero-entry swimming pool will be adapted for increased accessibility. Kingswood’s redesign plan, which has been in the works since 2012, also includes an on-site clinic that would serve as a future one-stop shop for residents’ medications and visits with nurse practitioners and doctors. New villas planned for maintenance-free, independent living Kingswood recently acquired land adjacent to the campus on which it will build 11 new 1,500- to 1,800- square foot villas, increasing the villa total to 65. The villas offer independent living in a quaint neighborhood of maintenance-free, single-dwelling and duplex homes consisting of two-bedroom floor plans with attached oversized two-car garages and spacious basements, which could be finished by residents to significantly increase their living space. Villa residents select their choice of cabinets, countertops, flooring, interior paint colors, and other interior finishes, and they can add porches and decks to fit their lifestyles. Pre-sales for the new villas begin this month.

    Independent living is also offered in apartment homes with over 20 different floor plans. Large studio, one- and two-bedroom style apartments are available. A new marketing suite, resident selections gallery, and furnished model apartment with state of the art finishes is also a part of the project.

    “From studio apartments to villas, Kingswood offers residents the complete spectrum of residential choices,” said Jason Jorgenson, Senior Project Development Manager of LCS Development, which leads the development team for the Kingswood project. “Each comes with spacious floor plans, appealing neighborhood settings and easy access to the entire community and additional health services as needed.”

    Kingswood’s location in the Kansas City area offers residents easy access to area sites and attractions. Situated blocks from the I-435 corridor near the Kansas state line, residents can travel effortlessly to and from Kansas and Missouri from the Kingswood community. Suburbs like Leawood, Overland Park, and Lee’s Summit are just minutes away. Trips south for dining and shopping at Town Centre Plaza are a short drive or bus ride; the same applies for trips north to the Country Club Plaza or downtown Kansas City. Kingswood is also strategically located close to some of the area’s finest hospitals and medical centers. Kingswood’s transportation services are a convenient way to access the greater Kansas City area from its superb location.


    Groundbreaking scheduled for Feb. 17

    Kingswood will celebrate its redesign and expansion with a groundbreaking ceremony and reception at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 10000 Wornall Road in Kansas City, Mo. Expected to attend the celebration are local dignitaries, Kingswood Board Members and staff, representatives from its project team and representatives from its managing company, Life Care Services.

    The Kingswood redesign is a collaboration of industry experts led by LCS Development, a leader in senior living community development. The project team assembled by LCS Development includes Paric Construction, AG Architecture, AMAI Architecture, Spellman Brady and Company interior design and Cain Brothers. Cain Brothers has been a long term capital access consultant for Kingswood most recently leading the finance working group to assist Kingswood to close the financing for the redesign project on January 6, 2016.

    Many phases of the project will be completed in 2016, with the final project completion expected in April of 2017.

  • 21 Jan 2016 12:46 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    CenterPoint Properties and the Kansas City Southern Railway Company have come together to develop a 1,340-acre intermodal logistics center in South Kansas City, Missouri. So, why is everyone so excited about this project? One of the largest benefits can be summed up into one word – jobs.

    “The Richards Gebaur Air Force Base was a huge contributor to the economy of South Jackson and Cass Counties,” says Steve Rinne, a business development officer for the EDC. “When the base closed, individuals, neighborhoods and surrounding cities really felt the effect. The kinds of jobs that will come as a result of this new development…. warehouse, manufacturing, engineering, and all the vendors who service them….is going to provide a huge job market for workers from around the region – and of all skill levels. This project could truly boost Kansas City’s economy in a way we’ve never seen before.”

    Kansas City is considered #1 in rail and #3 in trucking nationwide, which makes our city the perfect hub for distribution. Centerpoint’s central location and proximity to numerous east-west and north-south highways and interstates means tenants can ship goods to 80% of the U.S. population within two days by truck, which means nothing but opportunity for Kansas City!

    Learn more about this property at 

  • 15 Jul 2015 12:58 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    Today, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver is pleased to announce that the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has chosen Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies (FM&T), led by President Chris Gentile, to continue as the management and operating contractor for the National Security Campus (NSC) in Kansas City, MO.

    “This is great news and a win-win for our local economy,” stated Congressman Cleaver. “Honeywell FM&T already employs 2,500 people with high-skilled engineering and manufacturing jobs, and this news will ensure that these jobs stay right here in Missouri’s Fifth District. Today’s announcement emphasizes the government’s focus on modernization, innovation, cost savings, infrastructure investment, and environmental efficiency."

    This notification is a culmination of over a decade of work by the area Congressional delegation, led in 2006 by then-Senator Kit Bond and Congressman Cleaver to keep these vital federal employees in Missouri's Fifth District.  In FY09, Congressman Cleaver secured nearly $1M in federal funding to begin the process of transferring the NNSA operation from the outdated Bannister Federal Complex to a new $687M facility in South Kansas City.  Congressman Cleaver was joined at the ground breaking in 2008 by Senator Bond, Congressman Ike Skelton, and Congressman Sam Graves.  Cleaver has visited with NNSA and Honeywell employees regularly over the past few years to ensure a smooth transition to the new facility.  Honeywell oversaw and completed the extensive move in 2014 to its current National Security Campus, a move that saved millions in operating costs and reduced energy consumption by up to fifty percent.

    Honeywell FM&T has a long history of top-quality execution in the national security industry and the NNSA is confident in their success going forward. Honeywell's current contract expires September 30, 2015 and the NNSA decided last fall to conduct a full and open competition for a 5-year contract with options for up to 5 additional years.  The $900M annual contract will ensure a decade of stability for our region's workforce, while saving $120M over the life of the contract, and increase small business utilization by 25%.  Honeywell has continually satisfied all critical management and quality assurance requirements that NNSA necessitates to ensure the continued success of the NSC.

    The NSC in Kansas City, Missouri, maintains a facility on 177 acres, leased for the NNSA by the General Services Administration (GSA). It provides support to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Stockpile Stewardship Program, focusing on the production and procurement of non-nuclear components and hardware for nuclear weapons.

  • 18 Jun 2015 12:48 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    GENESYS Systems Integrator President, Matthew Perry, was announced as a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 in the Central Midwest Region on April 27, 2015.  

    The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, financial performance and person commitment to their business and communities.  Mr. Perry was selected by a panel of independent judges that visited GENESYS' facilities in early April.

    The Central Midwest program includes companies across Kansas and Missouri.  Together, this year's finalists generated $900 million in revenue and provided over 2,600  jobs by the end of 2014.  All regional award winners will then be considered for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year national program.  The overall regional winners will be announced at an awards gala on June 25th.

    Ernst & Young, LLP was named after prominent 19th century innovators, Arthur Young and Alwin C. Ernst, who's businesses made a big impact in the global marketplace.  The Entrepreneur of The Year awards program was created to celebrate and give recognition to today's successful entrepreneurs so they can share their stories and inspire others in the same ways Ernst & Young did in the late 1800's.  EY Entrepreneur of the Year is one of the most prestigious and unique business awards for entrepreneurs because of how it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential while recognizing the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.

  • 10 Mar 2015 11:37 AM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)
    The Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Sharon Nibbelink as the next Superintendent of the Center School District.

    “After an extensive national search, meetings with staff, and input from patrons, the Board of Education found our next Superintendent right down the hall. We are excited to continue the journey of excellence for the Center School District with Dr. Nibblelink as the Superintendent. She has served for over 20 years in our school district working with students, parents and teachers, most recently as the Director of Assessment, Data and Evaluation. The real winners will be the students of the Center School District. The Board is excited to begin this time with Dr. Nibbelink at the helm and will work diligently with her to ensure the students in our schools continue their academic achievement,” said Board of Education President Joe Nastasi.

    “Dr. Nibbelink’s record of cooperative leadership with the staff was a critical factor the Board considered in our decision. We are looking forward to this next chapter for our community,” he said.

    Dr. Nibbelink succeeds David Leone, who is retiring after over 40 years in education.

    “It is an honor to serve Center School District. My selection is a vote of confidence from the Board of Education based on the amazing work our staff has done. My time at Center has been an incredible journey where I have grown and learned along with our students, my colleagues, our parents, and our community,” Dr. Nibbelink said.

    “I commit myself to our school district and our community. The message of academic performance rings throughout our schools and I’m dedicated to continuing that focus on excellence. It’s about collaboration and teamwork. We have work to do, and we have the team to do it,” she said.
  • 12 Nov 2014 1:30 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced today that CenterPoint Properties Trust has begun conducting an extensive site analysis and environmental review to facilitate the disposition of the Bannister Federal Complex.

    “This is a significant next step in fulfilling the disposition policy set forth in NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz’s recent report to Congress,” said Mark Holecek, NNSA Kansas City Field Office Manager. “The public-private partnership with CenterPoint is the most efficient and effective path forward as we work together to redevelop the Bannister Federal Complex in an environmentally responsible manner and return it to productive use for the citizens of Kansas City.”

    This work represents the next milestone in a multi-phase process that NNSA initiated in 2011. In 2012, NNSA selected CenterPoint Properties as the preferred planning partner following CenterPoint’s response to the DOE/NNSA Notice of Availability. This next phase, which will last about 18 months, includes performing a site assessment and developing a plan for demolishing obsolete facilities and environmentally restoring the property.

    CenterPoint has previously conducted a number of successful large-scale “brownfield” redevelopment projects, including the former Reynolds Aluminum Plant in McCook, Ill., the Joliet Army Arsenal in Elwood, Ill., and the Richards-Gebaur Air Base in Kansas City, Mo.

    For more than 70 years, the 300-acre Bannister Federal Complex, located in South Kansas City, has been a major employer and served the nation in support of national security and business administrative services. The two federal owners at the Bannister Federal Complex are the DOE and the General Services Administration (GSA). Employees at the DOE-owned Kansas City Plant relocated eight miles south to the National Security Campus in 2014 and GSA employees are relocating to downtown offices in early 2015.

    "This is an important step in moving forward with the redevelopment of the Bannister Federal Complex,” said GSA Regional Administrator Jason Klumb. “GSA employees remain focused on our relocation, and vacating any remaining Bannister tenants, to ensure the Complex is in the best possible position for redevelopment."

  • 17 Sep 2014 12:48 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

    The proposed campus would be the largest office development in Kansas City history. Plans call for it to be built in 14 phases over the course of the next 10 years, with construction due to be completed in 2024. When finished, the development is expected to be larger than the Sprint campus, which totals 3.9 million square feet of office space across 200 acres. 

    It would also be more than 3 times the size of the 42-story-tall “One Kansas City Place,” the tallest skyscraper in the state of Missouri. According to documents filed with the TIF Commission, the new campus plans to bring in over 15,000 jobs.

    Cerner Corporation is already a fixture of the Kansas City economic landscape. The international healthcare IT giant’s world headquarters is in North Kansas City, just across from the North Kansas City Hospital, one of their first hospital clients. They also have several other locations in the Kansas City metro area.

    The plans outline a high-tech integrated office campus, complete with a variety of workplace amenities including fitness centers and an on-site, 75,000 square foot “Cerner Kids” daycare. The plans include 370,000 square feet of retail space and the expansive site allows for extensive surface parking, precluding the necessity of building parking garages.

    Along with retail, the plans call for a total of eleven office buildings totaling 4.1 million square feet, two data centers, and a service center. When completed, the campus is estimated to be valued around $4.3 billion.

    About Cerner:

    Cerner Corporation is an international health care information technology corporation that specializes in providing complete systems for hospitals and other medical organizations to manage and integrate all electronic medical records, computerized physician order entry (CPOE), and financial information. With offices worldwide, Cerner’s world headquarters is in Kansas City, Missouri.

    Sources: Cerner, KCStar, KCTV5, Fox4KC

  • 24 Mar 2014 10:32 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)
    The owner of a Kansas City-based general construction company has been named Missouri’s Small Business Person of the Year, the U.S. Small Business Administration said Monday.

    Nilson Goes, who started Infinite Energy Construction Inc. in 1996, will join winners from 49 others states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam in Washington, D.C., on May 15-16, when one will be selected as the national Small Business Person of the Year.  The event is part of the celebration of National Small Business Week.

    Infinite Energy, which offers general contracting, electrical contracting and contract management services, started as a home-based business with two employees. Funding came from lines of credit secured by Goes’ personal property and assets, the SBA said.

    The company has grown and now has more than 40 employees in four offices around the country, the SBA said. In addition to its headquarters at 13625 Oak St., the firm has offices in Knob Noster, Mo.; Fort Worth, Texas; and Fort Irwin, Calif.

    The SBA also recognized Infinite Energy for its involvement with charitable organizations such as Heartland Hoops Youth Development, Harvesters of Kansas City and Habitat for Humanity.

  • 07 Mar 2014 3:58 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)
    Center School District is pleased to announce that Mr. David Leone will be the new Superintendent, effective July 1, 2014 upon the retirement of Dr. Robert Bartman. Mr. Leone has been with Center School District for 26 years as a principal, central office administrator, and as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.

    “It is my honor to announce that the Center School District Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Mr. David Leone as the next Superintendent. The Board feels that Mr. Leone is uniquely qualified to lead Center forward. Dave's years of service to Center in a myriad of positions have him well prepared to take the next step in leading our district. We all know the love, care, and dedication that Dave has for Center School District and he has demonstrated it in numerous ways over the years. The Board looks forward to working closely with him to help keep the focus on academic achievement and high expectations for our students, exercising strong fiscal responsibility, and maintaining the importance of positive relationships with students, family members, patrons, faculty and staff,” said Joe Nastasi, Board President.

    “This is the place where I’ve dedicated most of my career. I’ve seen such progress under our two previous Superintendents, Dr. David Smith and Dr. Bob Bartman, and I’ve seen what we can be and where we can go in the future. We have the Board, the students, the parents, the staff, and the administrators to reach our lofty and attainable goal of being a Top 20 District in 2020. I’m ready to help us meet that goal,” Mr. Leone said.
    “I love Center School District. I have a tremendous passion for our schools and our students and the Center education community,” he also said.

    Mr. Leone will begin his superintendent position this summer. Until then, the district is focusing on finishing a strong academic year.

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