Location: 8779 Hillcrest Road, Kansas City
Size: 860,000 square feet
Value: $275 million
Players: Gould Evans, architect; JE Dunn Construction, general contractor
Description: Cerner Corp.’s Innovations Campus was built to host its growing team of engineers.
The first two phases of the expansion include space for 3,300 employees, with plans for more growth in the future, including eventually housing as many as 16,000 associates.
The building’s design includes nods to the company’s work with health care and technology, with lots of warm materials, glass and quotes from its founders throughout.
Special features: The campus features several nooks for Cerner employees to step away from their desks, including libraries, game rooms and “maker spaces” with 3-D printers throughout. Like Cerner’s other campuses, it also includes a fitness center and on-site clinic for employees and families.
Kyle McQuiston, the project executive and a vice president at JE Dunn Construction, said his favorite part of the new space was its four-story “link” connecting the two office towers, with lots of conference space and an open auditorium.
“People can work in booth space or with larger groups, and with wood wall treatments and lots of light, it is a great environment to work in,” McQuiston said.
Project challenges: McQuiston said that coordinating the needed manpower and resources was a challenge with the project. He said JE Dunn, Gould Evans and Cerner established weekly design meetings to keep the project orderly and efficient.
“Communication is the key to fast-track design and construction,” he said. “The design was divided into multiple bid packages that allowed the team to complete first things first.”
Community impact: With the sheer number of employees Cerner plans to bring to the former Bannister Mall site in south Kansas City, McQuiston said real estate already is beginning to pick up in the surrounding area.
“Because of the new positions and the recent announcement to begin the next two office towers, there has been an increase in residential activity, with future retail space being planned,” he said.