Nov 18, 2011    #197
Contact: Wandra Brooks Green

UMKC selects BNIM Architects and JE Dunn Construction to design and build Bloch Hall building addition

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) announced the selection of the team of BNIM Architects (BNIM) and the JE Dunn Construction Company (Dunn Construction) to design and build the Bloch Hall Building addition, bringing the building one step closer to reality. BNIM has teamed with the Santa Monica, Calif., firm of Moore Ruble Yudell that recently completed the Sloan School of Business addition at MIT. A $32 million gift from Henry W. Bloch will fund the building.

The site will be north of the existing Bloch School of Management building and south of the Student Union. The anticipated size will be approximately 50,000 square feet on three floors, and the proposed site is consistent with the UMKC Volker Campus Master Plan. The building is scheduled to open for the 2013 fall semester.

"BNIM is deeply honored to be designing Bloch Hall for the Henry Bloch School of Management," said Steve McDowell, FAIA, BNIM Director of Design. "Bloch Hall will be a bridge and gateway for both students and the UMKC community that is deeply rooted in the legacy of the Bloch School and campus, yet stepping boldly into the future."

"UMKC is an important part of our community, and we look forward to bringing the ideas and techniques that we have learned on other campuses to impact one of the most prominent business schools in the country," said Greg Lorei, project executive, Dunn Construction.

About UMKC

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

About BNIM

With 41 years of experience, BNIM is one of the important architectural firms working to redefine practice in the realm of green architecture today, and they are the recipient of the 2011 AIA National Architecture Firm Award. As early pioneers in the arena of sustainable design, BNIM continues to shape the national and global agenda for responsible architecture and design excellence. Established in 1970, the firm has emerged nationally as a leading resource for established methodologies, innovative technologies and cutting-edge research in architecture, planning, landscape, education and workplace design. The firm has offices in Kansas City, Mo.; Des Moines, Iowa; Houston, Texas; San Diego, Calif.; and Los Angeles, Calif. For more information, call Maria Maffry at 816-783-1500 or visit .

About JE Dunn Construction

JE Dunn Construction is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri and provides construction services from the company's 22 offices throughout the country. The Educational Division brings extensive higher education experience having worked on over 250 projects on 100 campuses throughout the United States. JE Dunn was the contractor of choice due to their extensive experience with technologically advanced teaching facilities. The company built the Command and General Staff College, our nation's war college, at Ft. Leavenworth and the Regnier Technology Center at Johnson County Community College. JE Dunn also recently completed the School of Pharmacy at the University of Kansas.

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