Kansas City, Missouri
Once an eyesore on the corner of 18th and Locust in Kansas City, Missouri, the transformed Crosstown Substation in the Crossroads Arts District was unveiled to the public in June of 2013.
After years of deterioration, the wall surrounding the substation was in desperate need of repair. KCP&L's decision to repair the existing wall was eclipsed by a vision to replace the wall with a new design that would reflect the Crossroads' artistic community spirit, enhance the surrounding area and provide an attractive connection to the 18th and Vine District.
The design wraps the substation in weathered steel and white concrete that has the illusion of illumination in the dark. Seizing the opportunity to create an iconic symbol of longevity in the neighborhood, an "eyebrow" of weathered-steel panels wrap around the upper facade of white concrete that periodically makes an appearance from the rust colored panels. Once the sun sets, over 10 thousand LED lights powered by 115 solar panels bring an exciting illumination to the city block.
2014 EDC Cornerstone Award Winner for Energy
2014 Kansas City Chapter AGC Building Excellence Award Finalist Project of the Year
2017 NOMA Honor Award Built Category