HJ’s Community Center

Location: Kansas City, Missouri

The new HJ’s Community Center serves as a multi-functional community gathering space for its local community and houses the activities associated with the family outreach ministries of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. The program for the facility was developed with a goal of creating a “generous welcome” to the public from the Church. It includes six different types of interior gathering spaces, including a flexible community room and a small cafe. In addition, the project includes a unique south-facing terrace, which stretches across the entire building. The terrace links up to a pathway that extends to the adjacent Trolley Trail, thus providing a direct link between the trail and Wornall Road. 

The project included an extensive activities assessment and programming process, leading to an inspired conceptual design, effective fundraising imagery and promotional material.  The process included multiple stakeholder meetings and presentations, drawing together diverse groups with very specific needs.  Through active listening and careful documentation the team was able to satisfy all of the groups, unifying them towards a goal of a flexible, youth, family and community-oriented building. Dan Maginn FAIA led the initial Feasibility Study team while at el dorado, then led the work moving forward at DRAW.  

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