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Science City Kansas

Science City Kansas is an adaptive reuse of the city’s abandoned 1914 Beaux Arts train station designed by Jarvis Hunt, into a 995,000 square foot science museum and entertainment complex. The project involved restoration and modification of existing structures as well as new construction.

 

A new wing, with a saw-tooth roof, was added to house the museum. Constructed of glass and steel, the wing echoes a long demolished train shed on the site and allows for abundant natural light within the museum. A planetarium, a stage theater and a large theater are also part of the complex.

The train station itself, the second largest in the country, was transformed into a retail and restaurant area. Repairs to slabs and corroded steel framing columns were made.  In addition, ten columns were removed and transfer girders were added to support the loads that the columns previously held.

A new enclosed pedestrian walkway – nicknamed “the Link” – connects Science City to the both Amtrak and bus services, nearby hotels, retail and office buildings of Crown Center, and surrounding parks.

The bridge connecting the Kansas City Museum/Union Station to the Westin Hotel over Pershing Avenue and Main Street consists of two spans each approximately one hundred twenty (120) feet long. The suspension bridge design with 3¾ “ diameter structural strand cables are anchored at the end posts. The design included vibration and seismic analysis of all bridges, and three dimensional non-linear analysis of the suspension bridges.

Client: Union Station Assistance Group/Kansas City Museum

Architect: Ehrenkrantz-Eckstut & Kuhn/Keyes, Condon Florence Architects

 

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