Children's Mercy Clinics on Broadway Selected for Capstone Award

Today judges for the Kansas City Business Journal’s Capstone Awards recognized Children’s Mercy Clinics on Broadway in the highly competitive Community Impact category. The annual competition recognizes outstanding real estate development projects across the metropolitan area.

With WSKF Architects leading the design team, Children’s Mercy converted the former Broadway Summit building at 31st and Broadway into 151,000 square feet of specially designed pediatric clinic space on 10 floors to serve families locally and across 135 counties in Missouri and Kansas.

“Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics should be commended for their ongoing commitment to providing high quality pediatric care to families in Kansas City and this region,” says Mark Spurgeon, the WSKF Architects principal who has led work on the project. “The judges’ decision to recognize Children’s Mercy confirms what this project will mean in terms of health care access for thousands of families.”

The project began after Children’s Mercy purchased the foreclosed building in the summer of 2009. WSKF Architects led a team of architects, interior designers and engineers in designing space for the Pediatric Care Clinic and Teen Clinic. “The architectural challenge was to redesign a large-scale office building into space that was patient- and family-friendly and both functional and efficient for doctors, nurses, staff and students,” says Spurgeon.  

The design team’s focus on children and creating a warm and welcoming environment is evident the moment you step into the lobby. A large sun and colorful birds and clouds are the design motif in the Terrazzo floor. Dimensional clouds and kites float above the lobby. This and other design elements reflect collaboration between the design team and Children’s Mercy staff, especially Don “Scribe” Ross, a staff artist known for large-scale murals seen throughout many of the hospital’s facilities. That approach and attention to detail carries through to all of the floors.

Children’s Mercy Clinics on Broadway is the third WSKF Architects project to win a Capstone Award. Judges previously honored Cityview at Northgate (2008), an apartment development in North Kansas City, and the renovation and expansion of Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church in midtown Kansas City (2006).