2016 Bowman Forum –
Substance Architecture visits with 3rd year students

The annual Bowman Design Forum was introduced by Kansas State alumnus Brent Bowman to expose third-year architecture students to the field’s top professionals. This year’s jurors were Paul Mankins and Todd Garner of Substance Architecture in Des Moines, IA.

2016 Forum Poster

Student participants compete through submissions of innovative design for financial scholarship awards. This year’s Honor Award went to Logan Medrano, Special Merit Awards to Olivia Ashbrook and Ben Charpentier, and Finalist Awards to James Reed Strawn and Nik Carlson.

For more information, please see our Bowman Forum webpage.


Kansas City Envisions a Cultural District –
Arts + Education are Central Ideas

BBN Architects in association with Collins Noteis & Associates, Bartleby Content, Draper Communications, and Hoop Dog Studio recently presented the final recommendations for establishing a Cultural District in midtown Kansas City focused on Arts + Education. The year-long planning process engaged over 300 participants in work team sessions, student workshops and planning charrettes, and the planning team met regularly with representatives from each institution to vet and refine ideas.

The result is a concept that strengthens East/West connections, promotes more collaborative programming between institutions, respects the historical signature of the area, provides a balance of amenities for residents and tourists of all ages, and sets the tone for future improvements that will enhance the vibrancy, accessibility and identifiable district features as the center of Kansas City’s Cultural Arts + Education scene.

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Orangutan Canopy, Kansas City Zoo –
Featured in Modern Builder

Kansas City Zoo’s Orangutan Canopy was featured in last quarter’s issue of Modern Builder. The article, which focuses on the builder’s involvement in the project, also discusses BBN’s role as the Design Architect and Landscape Architect. Highlighted in the new exhibit are three distinct orangutan characteristics; their arboreal realm, physical dexterity and cognizance. The exhibit consists of a large, naturalistic outdoor habitat with expansive viewing opportunities, a winding pedestrian hillside pathway featuring interactive educational displays, and a renovated Day Room that adds significant new orangutan amenities.

A major design goal was to create a naturalistic habitat with a diverse range of purposeful opportunities to motivate the apes’ instinctual behaviors and offer them choice and control.


Penguin Plaza Receives LEED Gold Certification –
Helzberg Penguin Plaza, Kansas City Zoo

BBN is proud to announce the Helzberg Penguin Plaza has been officially certified as LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation’s leading program for the design, construction and operation of energy saving, green buildings.

Learn more about this project here:

Helzberg Penguin Plaza, Kansas City Zoo

Veterinary Medical Library Featured in Fresh Dirt Publication –
Trotter Hall, Kansas State University

Kansas State University’s Veterinary Medical Library was featured in the latest issue of Fresh Dirtt. The article focuses on the modular glass partition walls which achieved a number of design goals including maximizing daylight, increasing the sense of openness, and incorporating embedded technology. Text of the Veterinarian’s Oath in addition to American Veterinary Medical Association symbols were applied as personalized graphics to the partition walls.

Learn more about this project here:

Trotter Hall Library

Marshall Theatre Receives Recognition –
2015 Historic Preservation Building Award

BBN was honored with two 2015 Historic Preservation Awards for the restoration of the Marshall Theatre building in downtown Manhattan, Kansas. The Kansas Preservation Alliance and Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance both awarded the project recognition. The former 1,100 seat theatre is has undergone numerous renovations and is now home to small businesses and boutiques including a restaurant, tech loft and basement speak easy.

DIRTT Build Better –
Design Competition

BBN Architects competed in the DIRTT Build Better – Design Competition, sponsored by DIRTT Environmental Solutions, on February 3, 2015 in Kansas City. BBN’s team of Austin Massoth, Erin Quigley, Aaron Dyck and Veronika Carrender secured a win!

They were given an empty floor plan and had 2 hours to transform the plan into an innovative space. Judging was based on functionality and aesthetics of the space as well as the best use of DIRTT products.

The BBN team will travel to Phoenix, Arizona in March 2015 to tour the DIRTT manufacturing plant and Green Learning Center. They will also have the chance to take an early look at the Kansas City Royals by attending Spring Training.