BOULEVARD TOURS & RECREATION CENTER | HELIX ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN
AIA KANSAS CITY DESIGN AWARDS / PROFESSIONAL'S CHOICE AWARD / 2017
IIDA MID_AMERICA DESIGN AWARDS / GOLD AWARD_HOSPITALITY / 2017
KANSAS CITY BUSINESS JOURNAL / CAPSTONE AWARD_ADAPTIVE REUSE / 2017
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION OF KANSAS CITY / CORNERSTONE AWARD / 2017
Helix worked with Boulevard Brewing Co. to transform a 1920’s-era warehouse into a destination for tours, tastings and experiencing Boulevard Brewing Company’s culture. The concrete frame and masonry skin of the building were in exceptional condition but the interior had been turned into office space in the ‘90s. The design team stripped the interior down to its raw, industrial roots revealing beautiful exposed concrete and original brick walls.
The program demanded openness and connectivity throughout the facility to enhance traffic flow and to maximize each visitor’s experience. While the existing building presented constraints, the design concept integrated two large perforations up to the second floor to create a new circulation path and provide clear flow throughout the building.
Boulevard’s unwavering commitment to authenticity, sustainability and craftsmanship was expressed through the selected materials as well as numerous collaborations with local craftsman, who created custom installations in almost every aspect of construction. As a zero-waste company, special attention was giving to employing recycled and repurposed materials, strategies for energy efficiency, reduction of water use and construction waste recycling.
The project has been an overwhelming success, attracting out-of-town visitors and locals, alike.