Five Year Anniversary

If there is one thing we’ve learned in the past five years it is that economic sustainability is key to survival.  This applies to business practice in general but in a greater sense it applies to how we approach projects as architects, designers, and collaborators in the future of the built environment.  It is clear that as key influencers in decisions related to site selection, program, building systems and materials, our ability to equip our clients with an environment that promotes long-term sustainability (environmentally and economically), is in many cases the determining factor between project success and failure.

Although we’ve always been individually business minded, I have to admit that five years ago this discussion would have been skewed more heavily toward our passion for design…and although aesthetics/outward appearances continues to be one of our many priorities, experience has taught us that real design success is often gauged by our ability to navigate the politics, the budget, and the business end of the business.

The past five years have taught us about the evolving definition of “capacity” :

1. Our client’s perception of our capacity (as in competence) to design and document the work.

2. Our clients perception of our capacity (as in the appropriate staff) to execute the work.

3. Our client’s perception of our capacity (as in financial ability) to maintain the work.

The projects below document the five-year journey from our firm’s infancy to adolescence.  Each project listed certainly contributed to our growth from the aforementioned first phase of “capacity” to the next.  We are still learning, we are still growing, but most importantly we are still in love with this profession.  We thank our clients for their confidence in our firm and look forward to what the future will bring.

Pendulum Studio Built Work 2009 – 2011

East Village Apartments

The East Village Apartment building is the first phase of a master planned ten block redevelopment of downtown Kansas City, MO.  This fifty-unit, four-story residential building was designed to complement the neighboring Power & Light Entertainment District and accommodate Kansas City metro citizens that desire to live and work within the urban core. As the master architect for the development, Pendulum Studio was instrumental in the creation of design standards and development guidelines for the Urban Redevelopment District (URD) approved by the City of Kansas City Planning and Zoning Commission.

Swope South Health Clinic

The Swope South Health Clinic is a 5,000 square foot tenant improvement of an abandoned strip mall located at 87th Street and Troost in Kansas City, MO.  The scope of the project included selective demolition of existing partitions, cooking equipment, and finishes to be replaced by exam rooms, community meeting space, and administrative offices. This project is an example of Pendulum’s ability to deliver a turn-key, fast tracked solution that included general design, interior finishes, FF&E selection and coordination, custom fabrication, and construction management.  The total scope of work was completed in four months.

The Corn Crib

The Corn Crib is a multi-purpose sports facility shared by the Normal Cornbelters, a Frontier League Independent Baseball Club, and Heartland Community College men’s and women’s athletics which includes baseball, softball, and soccer. The stadium consists of 4,500 fixed seats, twelve premium suites, four locker rooms, and a flexible artificial turf playing surface equipped with a removable pitching mound that accommodates quick changeover between events.  In addition tot he aforementioned cope, the total project cost included a soccer and softball practice field, 600 paved parking spaces, and 600 grass parking spaces. The Corn Crib is a good example of Pendulum’s ability to deliver a significant project scope with a modest budget on a fast-tracked schedule.

Rooftop Hospitality

This rooftop hospitality building is located on the uppermost floor of the Cosentino’s Market parking garage at the corner of 14th Street and Main directly adjacent to the Jones Pool.  The building program consists of four water closets, three urinals, six lavatories, a drinking fountain, and storage area. The purpose of the building is to allow the City to serve patrons that desire to eat lunch or walk and enjoy the sun during the work week.  During the evening hours and on weekends when the weather is favorable, wedding receptions and civic events can be hosted on the rooftop comfortably accommodating up to 600 patrons. Although the City required a conventional “bricks and mortar” delivery method, Pendulum learned valuable lessons from this project.  Given the right circumstances the implementation of a prefabricated “off-grid” delivery method would allow the installation of an identical building for half the budget in half the time.  Pendulum continues to study this modular approach to design that will be showcased in future projects.

On Deck…

AP23 Indoor Sports Complex – Columbus, OH

Bethany Medical Clinic – Wyandotte County, KS

Crime Lab – Kansas City, MO

KCP&L Cross Town Sub-Station

Rush Wade/2 Studio & The Guild – Kansas City, MO

Time Warner Cable Field Renovation – Appleton, WI

The Reason We Are Here

As we look optimistically toward the future and the next chapter in our story we must without question offer many thanks to the individuals that have been instrumentally supportive of our existence:

For Inspiration and Encouragement:

Dr. Donovan Case, Mrs. Carolyn Case

Mr.Jonathan Cole Sr., Mrs. Bernice Cole

For Tolerance and Understanding:

Katrina Case, Darian Case, Jasmine Case

Theresa Cole, Ethan Cole, Jordan Cole and Gianna Cole

East Village Redefined


Although we previously posted information about the start of phase one of the East Village project, we did not outline the complete vision for the overall development.  With the multi-family housing and adjacent parking garage making rapid progress toward completion in October of this year, we eagerly anticipate the proposed additional phases outlined in our master plan.

East Village Phase One Breaks Ground

Pendulum Studio - Aerial Rendering

New market rate urban housing takes form in downtown Kansas City’s East Village

East Village is a new residential/mixed –use neighborhood located at the northeast corner of the downtown loop in Kansas City, MO.   Swope Community Builders retained Pendulum Studio to design an urban master plan aimed at revitalizing this nine-block area currently dominated by surface parking lots. The first phase of this development is the East Village Apartments, a fifty-unit, four-story residential building designed to attract citizens that work within the loop to live downtown.

The exterior design aesthetic of this building is driven by the desire to diffuse the negative connotations typically associated with market rate urban housing – i.e. unsafe and low-income.  The series of brick panels along the main entry façade work to establish an overall sense of security at the pedestrian level.  Graceful outdoor decks on levels two through four allow residents to safely connect with the outdoors from within their living unit.  The stucco reliefs set behind the brick panels are intentionally soft in color and texture adding hierarchy and shadow to the building façade.

General Project Information

Client:                         Swope Community Builders

Budget:                        $8,000,000.00

Finance:                     U.S. Bank/MHDC

Architect:                   Pendulum Studio LLC

Structural:                  Dubois Consultants

Civil Engineer           Taliaferro & Browne, Inc.

MEP Engineer:         BGR Consulting Engineers

Contractor:                 JE Dunn

Construction on this project began in November of 2010 and is scheduled to be complete by the fall of 2011.  We will post photos of the building progress on this blog monthly.  If you are interested in tracking the stages of building construction please subscribe to our blog by clicking the button in the upper right column of this page.

Pendulum Studio - Main Entry Rendering
Foundation Walls and Drainage Tiles Under Way


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