Case Study

Integrated Design-Build Approach Elevates a Modern Living High-Rise

Employing an integrated design-build approach, Burns & McDonnell built a distinctive high-rise apartment building into the historic Crossroads Arts District. The project team incorporated alternate materials and structural forms to facilitate cost efficiency without compromising design — resulting in modern dwelling units that deliver market-differentiating features.


The Crossroads Arts District, one of the most historic neighborhoods in Kansas City, Missouri, is home to a plethora of trendy restaurants, eclectic shops, and art studios and galleries that are nestled into once-vacant warehouses. With so many things to do and see, many Kansas City residents and visitors from near and far are eager to spend time in the metro’s artistic epicenter, leading three Kansas City-based firms to join forces and pursue the opportunity to create a new Crossroads living space.

REVERB — a distinctive, modern high-rise that — was designed and built to pay tribute to the culture and traditions of the unique art district surrounding the building.






To weave a modern structure into the foundation of the historic downtown district, Burns & McDonnell utilized an integrated design-build team approach for the project. The approach allowed the team to explore alternate materials and structural shapes and forms for the space. Because of the collaboration, the team was able to get the most out of the budget while still exceeding project requirements.

The apartment building was designed and built to create modern dwelling units that feature concrete floors, steel room dividers and floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic city views. The open-living floor plans give tenants flexibility to create the space they want and make it their own.

During the daytime, the top floor of the building is curated to allow for a convenient work-friendly space. At night, tenants and guests can enjoy the open bar lounge and 14th-floor views of the city. The team also created an outdoor community area on the street level of the building that features space for food truck parking, ride-hailing pickup and a 40-foot harvest table for residents and Crossroads visitors to gather.

Throughout the project, Burns & McDonnell was involved in the entire process. We began with studying area demographics, determining who the renters would be, evaluating site logistics, finding cost and layout efficiencies, working with neighborhood associations, and receiving city approvals. With those steps complete, Burns & McDonnell was able to create a state-of-the-art design for the building, provide full construction services and even wrap up the final stages of the project with direction regarding furniture, fixtures, artwork and plant selections.

Despite the timeline aligning with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the team kept the project moving, putting special safety protocols in place to keep everyone safe.


Completed in 2020, the 14-story, 197,000-square-foot apartment tower boasts 132 dwelling units, conveniently located above neighboring businesses and restaurants, a rooftop bar open to the public and two levels of parking.

Continuous communication and coordination within the integrated design and construction team helped create a cost-effective and efficient approach while maintaining high-quality design. The design-build method helped the project hit cost-per-square-foot for rent while still providing market-differentiating features for the units.

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Kansas City, Missouri


IIDA MADA Gold Winner in Residential/Multifamily (2022)