Post Author: Jim Calvert
When I first saw the deteriorated condition of the century old Bancroft Elementary school at 43rd & Tracy in Kansas City, MO, I thought, “what have we gotten ourselves into?” Windows were boarded up, plaster was falling off the wall and the whole place was a mess. The old structure was over 100 years old and had been abandoned for more than a decade.
We recently learned that the Bancroft School Apartments project has been nominated for a Preserve Missouri Award by the Missouri Preservation organization and was recognized at an awards ceremony in the Missouri State Capitol rotunda on March 4, 2015.
The Bancroft School Apartments was a $10 million historic renovation of a century old elementary school that had been closed for years. Now it’s a safe, sustainable, energy efficient home for 50 families in the Manheim Park neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri. The project also achieved the first Platinum LEED for Homes Historic Renovation designation in the country. A collaboration between The Dalmark Group, BNIM Architects, Neighborhood Housing Services and Brad Pitt’s Make It Right organization made this unique property a reality.
This project truly celebrates our 95 years of delivering award winning projects. We take great pride in our mission statement “to enhance and improve the lives of the people who work, live, worship and learn in the buildings we construct”. In this instance, it has impacted not only the residents of Bancroft but the entire Manheim Neighborhood.