Kansas City Live! will Feature Unique Architecture — Open Air Roof Structure Will be the First of its Kind in the U.S.
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI — Structurflex and The Cordish Company announced today details of a unique architectural element of the Kansas City Power & Light District. Kansas City Live!, the dining and entertainment block of the District adjacent to the Sprint Center, will feature a one-of-a-kind ETFE (Ethylene TetraFluoro Ethylene) single skin membrane roof system.
The structure will measure approximately 29,000 sq. ft. and will rise 80 ft. off the ground creating a beacon for the downtown District. The roof will be the first installation of this technology in the United States. The ETFE structures are currently used in the AWD Arena in Hanover, Germany (2006 World Cup) and the Olympic Stadium in Beijing, China among other places.
“We are excited to not only build this project in our corporate backyard of Kansas City but also because it is bringing a new technology to the United States that was pioneered in Europe. Working with The Cordish Company on this project has been excellent and they have taken a liking to this interesting building material,” said Bart Dreiling, President, Structurflex. “The architectural community here in Kansas City, as well as nationally, will look to this project as a new and important standard in the development of lightweight and transparent building technology.”
ETFE has the transparency of glass but is less than 1/100th the weight. The open air roof structure, which will be illuminated at night and can allow the projection of video images, will cover the Kansas City Live! plaza area creating a very distinctive sense of place. In addition to being a unique design element activated with dynamic lighting and images, the roof will offer covering for the plaza area of the Kansas City Live! block which can hold approximately 13,000 patrons but will allow the sensation and feeling of being outdoors.
“We are excited to unveil this cutting edge technology for the first time in the United States at the Power & Light District. This is yet another element leading to the creation of a truly unique destination for downtown Kansas City and the entire region,” stated Blake L. Cordish, Vice President, The Cordish Company.
The ETFE membrane will be supported by a structural steel frame which will begin installation Spring 2007. The ETFE membrane is manufactured by Covertex (Germany) and will be shipped to Kansas City directly from Europe for installation. Installation is projected for Fall 2007.
From humble beginnings over 70 years ago as a sail making company under the name of Sails and Covers Ltd, today Structurflex is an industry-leading tensioned fabric membrane engineering and design contractor with headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand and offices in Kansas City, Kuala Lumpur, Brisbane, and Dubai.
Extensive experience in the handling of specialized fabric materials, combined with the introduction of manufacturing techniques suited to tensile engineering, enabled the company to expand into other markets, and in 1981 Structurflex was formed.
Today Structurflex services the Transport, Architectural, Environmental and Promotional markets and has separate, specialized divisions for each.
With a commitment to investing into research and development, Structurflex remains at the forefront of emerging technologies. In fact, recently Structurflex expanded its capabilities by creating an international partnership with Covertex GMBH of Obing, Germany with offices in the United Kingdom, Portugal and factories in Germany and China, which engineers, fabricates and supplies ETFE Cushion and Membrane Systems. Together these companies are bringing membrane constructions to the forefront of modern architecture.
About The Cordish Company
The Cordish Company (www.cordish.com), now in its fourth generation of family ownership, is a multi-billion dollar conglomerate including one of the leading real estate development companies in the United States. The Company has diverse development expertise with divisions focused on Entertainment & Mixed-Use, Gaming & Lodging, Sports Anchored Districts, Shopping & Lifestyle Retail, Office and Residential. The Cordish Company also owns and manages a diverse group of operating businesses, ranging from restaurants/clubs to live music promotion to film/media distribution. The company values itself on the quality of its operations, its long-term relationships, and high level of integrity in all of its endeavors.
Best known for its real estate expertise, The Cordish Company is the largest and most successful developer of entertainment districts and concepts in the United States. In particular, the company has unparalleled experience in creating and revitalizing high-profile destinations in urban core locations. Many of the Cordish Company’s projects involve public/private partnerships and are of unique significance to the cities in which they are located. Prime examples are the company’s prominent role in the redevelopment of four highly successful projects in Baltimore’s world-famous Inner Harbor; Atlantic City, NJ; Hollywood, FL; Charleston, SC; Houston, TX; Louisville, KY; and Tampa, FL.
The company currently has over one billion dollars in construction in cities such Kansas City, MO; Pittsburgh, PA; Atlantic City, NJ; Houston, TX, etc.
The Cordish Company has received the highest possible national awards in its various areas of expertise. In real estate, the Cordish Company has received an unprecedented six Urban Land Institute Awards of Excellence.