The property known as the Bannister Federal Complex in South Kansas City has always been fertile ground for reinvention. Each development and redevelopment has played a historically and economically significant role in the community and the nation.
The 300-acre property may be best known as the site of an engine factory that helped win World War II. Years later, the complex was repurposed into a manufacturing center for the nation’s nuclear security program.
The latest transformation has redeveloped the property into the Blue River Commerce Center, a modern industrial park 10 miles south of downtown Kansas City. The park will offer more than 2 million square feet of industrial and distribution warehouse space, support an estimated 1,500 jobs, and generate economic activity that will ripple across the region.
To set the stage for new construction, nearly 4 million square feet of blighted buildings were demolished while soil and water contamination were remediated. The project owner, Bannister Transformation & Development LLC (BTD) retained Olsson as part of the design team to help design, implement, and manage the comprehensive demolition and site remediation.
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