The 100-year-old former Union Station Power House building proved an uncanny match for the needs of the Kansas City Ballet, its north engine room providing the daylighting, floor-to-ceiling height and column-free space necessary for a professional dance studio.
A south boiler room provided a similarly appropriate fit for the organization's office and support space.
Nevertheless, years of coal burning had degraded many of the building's structural-steel members, prompting erection of an elaborate post shoring system to jack up the building and reduce loads on members during repairs.
Some 17,500 bricks from the center's facade were removed and replaced.
Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, Kansas City, Mo. Key Players
Owner: Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City, Mo.
General Contractor: JE Dunn Construction, Kansas City, Mo.
Architect: BNIM Architects, Kansas City, Mo.
Structural Engineer: Structural Engineering Assoc., Kansas City, Mo.
MEP Engineer: Gibbens Drake Scott Inc., Raytown, Mo.