Today’s featured project is Crosstown Substation located in the Crossroads District of Kansas City, MO. Once a deteriorated and graffiti laden concrete mass, this substation owned by KCP&L has emerged as a backdrop for artistic photographs, public gathering, and curated art.
The bent and perforated weathering steel was provided by internationally recognized, Kansas City based Zahner. The nightly light displays are supported by over 10 thousand color changing LED lights powered by 115 solar panels.
Crosstown Substation was the recipient of the 2014 EDC Cornerstone Award for Energy, and the 2014 Kansas City Chapter AGC Building Excellence Award Finalist for Project of the year.
Lighting Cabinet Programming & Installation: Jim Woodfill
The Corner of Holmes & 18th Street
Holmes Street Elevation
Full Scale Mock Up Created By Dale Frommelt – Egg Design
Mr. Iiams finally caught a break in between projects and shot the substation a few nights ago. Once it cools down a bit we’re thinking live music and food trucks…
- 10,500 Color Changing LED Lights
- Powered By 115 Solar Panels (25 Kilowatts)
- 64 Tons of Weathering Steel
Most Common Questions
- “What is that thing?”
- “Hey man…where’s the front door to this night club?”
- “What’s a substation?”
- Architect/Designer – Pendulum
- Lighting Consultant – Derek Porter Studio
- Structural Engineer – Dubois Consultants
- Commissioned Artist (Main Plaza Light Cabinet Display) – James Woodfill
- Concrete Contractor – Turner Special Projects
- Steel Contractor/Fabricator/Supplier – Zahner
We recently completed 90% construction documents on a new Crossroads Art Wall that will encase an existing KCP&L Substation located at 18th and Holmes. A Full scale 12′ x 12′ plywood mock-up with concealed color changing Lightwild LED fixtures was constructed as an intermediate “check and balance” prior to breaking ground. The mock-up revealed last-minute adjustments that would be required to maximize the execution of lighting, media programming, and long-term security.
Once the Owner approved the preliminary mock-up pictured above, Zahner immediately starting constructing a final full-scale version in weathering steel (Solanum Steel). The official groundbreaking will be held on site shortly, construction is scheduled to be complete by early summer 2012.
We almost forgot to mention…it’s powered by solar.