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The Kauffman Performing Arts Center is located at 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, MO; 855.884.6076; See the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities 2013 Awards of Excellence profile. Read the Landscape combines beauty, function by Maria Cote from

“The Kauffman Performing Arts Center in downtown Kansas City, MO, is one of the most technically and architecturally advanced performing arts centers in the nation, is built in a landscape setting of equal acclaim. The 285,000 square foot Arts Center includes two separate halls, both housed within a dramatic overarching shell featuring a glass roof and glass walls fronting a green roof and city skyline. The Arts District Garage is a 1,000 car underground parking structure attached to the new Kauffman Performing Arts Center. The green roof atop both structures is designed as a 4.4 acre high performance open space park with the distinction of being the first permitted green roof stormwater detention facility in the State of Missouri—and the largest,” (Green Roofs for Healthy Cities 2013 Award of Excellence profile in the Extensive Institutional category, 2013).

The Kauffman Performing Arts Center & District Garage greenroof is open 24 hours per day to the public and is part of the public tours program which informs thousands each year about the design and history of the facility. The City of Kansas City and the Missouri Department of Conservation also use the greenroof as a case study for public stormwater permitting. The landscape will function as a community center and will give neighbors and arts patrons’ urban green spaces while integrating ecological benefit and function in multiple ways.


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