Project Focus – Piper Lofts, A Cool Space in the Crossroads District

Piper Lofts DaytimeRemember back in the 90’s when the lofts at 5th and Delaware were all the rage – almost the only rage when it came to lofts and downtown Kansas City.  As long as the space had “exposed brick” then you knew it was a loft. Today, lofts have transcended to new heights.  Mixed use, co-working spaces, sustainable design – the public now views lofts as a license to stretch their design legs and create unique spaces that showcase their individuality.

Piper Lofts is a great example of this, located at 20th & Wyandotte in the heart of the Crossroads Arts District.  Originally built in 1917, the HD Lee Building served as the LEE Jeans factory for nearly  60 years and manufactured one-piece overalls for the military during World War I.  The building has since evolved into a sought after address for people that want to work and live in the heart of downtown Kansas City.

Piper Lofts NighttimeWe’ve turned 10,000 square feet of the first floor into Law Offices for SLS Law Firm.  It’s a mixture of industrial such as tall open concrete ceilings, exposed duct and sealed concrete floors, all the things that loft space is known for yet warm rich finishes with custom dark oak cabinets, doors and rich warm colors hand selected by our client.  It embodies their spirit and culture that’s the beauty of the evolution of design and construction today – the new life that is unveiled with each client’s vision of what fits them.

We are currently making preparations to finish out the last 15,000 square feet of the second floor for another client. This will complete the build out of the two floors of commercial space in the building.

Open space and a blank canvas is sometimes all you need to get those creative juices flowing.  Well, that and a breathtaking view of the city from a cool rooftop in the Crossroads doesn’t hurt either.

So keep dreaming and evolving Kansas City and never fear – Straub Construction will still be here to build it.

Bancroft School Apartments – Missouri Preservation Award

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.

BancroftWe 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.