KAI-Designed Urban Impact Center Complete
St. Louis CNR Magazine

Students living within Kansas City's urban areas now have the resources to learn how to garden, manage their money and maintain good health practices, among other useful life skills, with completion of the Lincoln University Urban Impact Center in Kansas City, MO. St. Louis-based KAI Design & Build was the architect on the $950,000 project.

The new 5,000-square-foot building, located in an urban area at 11th and Paseo streets, houses the Kansas City Extension Center for Lincoln University, which is based in Jefferson City, MO. The new building incorporates classrooms and promotes West Central Region 1890 extension programs, such as the 4H Club and Agricultural Awareness. The Center also boasts six community garden plots for students to cultivate, complete with downspout barrels and gutter extensions to collect and disperse rain for watering the gardens. Programs at the Urban Impact Center target limited resource and minority audiences in the Kansas City area by providing survival skills in the areas of workforce preparedness, youth-at-risk activities, assertiveness, money management and personal health. To successfully complete one of the programs, clients must participate in a series of three-hour workshops culminating in a graduation and certificate exercise.

"We plan to implement a project that focuses efforts on one community at a time to deliver essential programs," said The Urban Impact Center Coordinator Marion Halim. "This new facility blends in well with the community and will serve as an anchor for our efforts to branch out from one neighborhood to the next. To have the desired impact, we must work closely with the Lincoln University Cooperative Extension and various community and governmental agencies and grass roots organizations."

The general contractor on the project was RL Phillips of Raymore, MO. Other project team members included VSM Engineering of Kansas City, MO; Leigh and O'Kane Structural Engineers of Kansas City, MO; landscape architect Michael Ashley and Associates of Kansas City, MO; and TSi Engineering of Kansas City, MO.

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