Children’s Mercy Hospital gift shop receives KC CSI Chapter’s ‘Excellence in Design’ award.

We’re proud to announce that the Children’s Mercy Adele Hall Campus gift shop recently received the ‘Excellence in Design’ award from the Kansas City Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)!

Each year, the Kansas City CSI chapter holds an annual awards program to recognize innovative design, craftsmanship and overall project delivery methods. Projects located in the Kansas City region that have been completed within the past year are eligible for consideration.

Designed as an escape visitors can interact with, the goal driving the design was the desire for a playful, inviting retail space. “Given the shop’s location in a hospital, which is often an intimidating and uncomfortable place on its own, we wanted to create a solution that allowed a child’s imagination to wander, and would also engage the interest of older patrons,” said Project Designer Jon Gripka.

The key design feature of the space is the ceiling, which is a suspended system of more than 60 individually-illuminated fins. The dynamic shape and coordinating lighting allows visitors to be immersed in the space and their own imaginative experience.

“Working with limited floor-to-ceiling height made incorporating a design with such a unique ceiling an exceptional challenge,” said Gripka. “We were able to compress the ceiling without sacrificing the integrity of its design, and worked closely with our consultants to get their commitment to our proposed solution, and consensus on the necessary steps to ensure the design’s success, all while complying with code and hospital regulations.”

In addition to the KC CSI Excellence in Design award, the gift shop also received the Merit Award for Excellence in Interior Architecture from AIA Kansas last September. Congratulations to our project partners and team members on a successful design!

Production architect: HMN Architects
Structural engineer: Bob D. Campbell
MEP engineer: Henderson Engineers
Fabrication: Dimensional Innovations
AV design: Mission Electronics
Contractor: Lytle Construction
Photography: Alistair Tutton

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