Blue River East Building, Independence, Missouri

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Blue River East Building in Independence, MO

29 Nov 2023

Architects: BNIM

Location: Kansas, Missouri, USA

Blue River East Building Independence Missouri

Photos: Kelly Callewaert

Overbrook Overlook House, Missouri

Metropolitan Community College (MCC) Blue River East Building in Independence, Missouri, establishes a new campus which is home to the Great Plains OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Education Center and MCC’s CDL (Commercial Driver’s License), Forklift, Linework, and Logistics programs.

Blue River East Building Independence Missouri

The Blue River East Campus serves 800+ students enrolled in these specialized programs which aim to strengthen Kansas City’s future workforce, help fulfill the high demand for technical skills, and create a positive impact within the local economy.

Blue River East Building Missouri

As part of an initiative to consolidate programs from MCC’s former Business Technology campus to better suit program needs, transitioning to the Blue River East site was a transformative move for the College. In a former facility, programs were housed within deep floorplates that caused a lack of natural daylight and misleading wayfinding. With the design of the new campus, MCC recognized the design of the new Blue River East Building and Campus to be an important opportunity to showcase its programs in a renewed way through transparent, modern, and human-purposed design that supports student well-being and intuitive wayfinding.

Blue River East Building Independence Missouri

As the first project on MCC Blue River East Campus, the new building features prominent street-facing signage and views of the linework program poles visible from entrance of the campus. This was a key goal of MCC to clearly establish campus identity and a sense of transparency in the programs offered on campus.

Blue River East Building Independence Missouri

Entering the building, students and visitors experience generous natural daylight and views out to the surrounding site that create visual connections between various programs. Divided into fully conditioned space, heat-only high bay space, and exterior training areas, Blue River East emphasizes the interface and transparency between interior and exterior spaces while each area supports specific program needs. Three spaces around the envelope of the building serve as inviting “porches,” offering a spectrum of areas to rest or socialize that provide either a naturally ventilated outdoor space; a heat-only indoor environment; or a fully conditioned indoor environment.

Blue River East Building Missouri

The new building is focused on maximizing MCC resources, providing a hands-on learning and training environment, and creating useful and engaging spaces for the College’s community of students and faculty. Classrooms and offices are located the fully conditioned portion of the campus. For students and faculty managing class schedules with other commitments around mealtimes, a community kitchenette is also available. The high-bay, heat-only portion of the Blue River East building accommodates vehicle storage and forklift and linework training programs’ interior linework poles.

Blue River East Building Missouri

The design team worked within the parameters a pre-engineered metal building system which served as the primary structure of the Blue River East building. Maximizing these materials and focusing on financial and sustainable stewardship within a modest budget, the MCC Blue River East building and campus reimagine the limitations of a pre-engineered metal building.

Blue River East Building Missouri

Located on a 100-year flood plan, the design team worked with MCC to analyze resiliency design options including the building cladding, electrical systems locations, and structural systems. With the Blue River East campus design, building systems are intentionally elevated to remove them from flood plain proximity. Stormwater is also managed and maintained onsite.

Blue River East Building Independence MO

Blue River East Building in Independence, Missouri – Building Information

Architects: BNIM – https://www.bnim.com/

MEP and Life Safety: Henderson Engineering
Structural Engineering: KH Engineering Group
Security: Branch Pattern Acoustical, IT, AV,
Civil Engineering: Taliaferro and Browne, Inc.

Blue River East Building Independence MO

Photographer: Kelly Callewaert

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Location: Kansas , Missouri, United States of America

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