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Downtown Conservatory Conceptual Design

Developing a visionary new campus in the heart of Kansas City

Helix Architecture + Design and HGA Architects completed a study and conceptual design for a new arts campus in the heart of downtown Kansas City. The study explored the optimal combination of spaces that could technically and artistically support the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s (UMKC) mission for excellence in arts education, while creating a framework for implementation that provides flexible alternatives for building and scope with conceptual costs for each.

Location: Kansas City, MO
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“Arts are part of the fabric of the community and makes the city great,” he said. “Having it in the center is critical to making it a greater Kansas City and urban core.”

-W. Russel Welch, Chairman of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
On a larger scale, the arts campus would become another cultural gem in downtown Kansas City, harmonizing with the adjacent Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and the nearby Kansas City Ballet.