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This project was limited in scope to providing a Kansas Fire Code Footprint compliant with state statute.


2345 Grand Boulevard (28 floors)2380 McGee Building (4 floors)
Beginning in the early 1990s and continuing today, CP&A has provided architectural services for multiple office-type tenant improvement projects in these two buildings, located just north of the mid-town Crown Center area.   As part of a major urban development project in the late 1970s, both the 2345 and 2380 buildings were designed and constructed with an emphasis on the highest quality for that time; especially the building materials, equipment and operating systems.   As a testament to that foresight in design and construction, the 2345 Grand building was certified Existing Building Gold by LEED in 2012, the first such recognition in the Kansas City area.
For over twenty years, CP&A established an on-going relationship with the Building Manager of these two buildings by providing responsive and competitive professional design and construction services.   CP&A has endured the sale of this premier property on two different occasions, and continues to provide services for the Building Management staff under the latest building ownership.
In addition to providing space planning services, prospective tenant program reviews and test fits, and design/construction documentation for tenant improvement build-outs, CP&A coordinated closely with Building Management to create the initial database, graphically document all the floor layouts and establish related protocols for each floor according to the nationally-recognized Building Operators and Managers Association (BOMA) standards for calculating floor areas.   CP&A continues to maintain the building management database and to assist the Building Manager with other tenant-related services including preparation of leasing exhibits, calculation of lease and core square foot areas, and production of leasing graphic documents.
The following is a sampling of tenant improvement projects that CP&A has completed over the years:

American Public Works Association
Hughes Hubbard & Reed
Think Credit Union
Department of Housing and Urban Development
A. J. Gallagher
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Jack Cooper Transportation
Fitness Center (Tenant Amenity)
FDIC Regional Office (Lease Renewal Proposal)
Summit Marketing (Lease Proposal)



Needs Assessment / Survey


Included remodel work for storefront system


This small parcel of land serves as an important strategic linkage in the Lawrence parks inventory.   To the south of Constant Park, across 6th Street, lay park lands that provide important outdoor recreational space that support the vibrant Lawrence downtown area.   To the north and east lay the Kansas riverfront, with acres of tree lined river banks ripe for development of additional recreational activities along the Kansas River.   Constant Park provides the connection linking these diverse recreational activities.


An unrealized portion of the original master plan included CP&Associates vision for a sculptural fountain as the focus for the park and a reminder of Lawrence's history.   The City of Lawrence emblem is a Phoenix rising up from flames, based on how the Eldridge House was burned to the ground and rebuilt several times during its long history.   The Phoenix Fountain represented new life rising from the remains of a ruined town with the backdrop of the symbolic Eldridge Hotel building.


The two-story 1905 limestone building on Fort Riley's Main Post was originally built as a Guard House, but had been vacant for over 20 years.   The project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 with a goal to renovate the building and grounds as a Justice Center for the US Army's JAG Corps.

CP&A joined the successful design-build team as the historic preservation architectural consultant.  The scope of CP&A's services included attention to the following character-defining features:  1) exterior stone repairs; 2) exterior brick chimney repairs; 3) repointing damaged stone and brick mortar joints; 4) roof replacement; 5) repairs to copper gutters and downspouts; 6) repairs to double-hung wood windows; 7) repairs to iron security bars on the windows; 8) repairs to exterior wood doors; 9) repairs to the north exterior concrete porch and stairs; 10) repairs to exterior metal guardrails and stair railings; 11) repairs to large metal roof-mounted ventilators; 12) repairs to interior decorative tin ceiling areas; 13) modifications to interior historic guardrails and handrails.


Working closely with the joint-venture team, CP&A prepared drawings and specifications for the exterior and interior historic rehabilitation work.  CP&A participated in the USACE-required DrChecks review of both partial and final design documentation before being approved for construction.  This process included a close review and approval by Fort Riley's Historic Architect.



2012 Preservation Stewardship Award For Excellence in Rehabilitation

Kansas Preservation Alliance


The National Fred Harvey Museum is the former home of Fred Harvey.  The house was built in 1869 for a local real estate broker.  Fred Harvey bought the house in 1883 and his family lived there until 1944.  Currently, the building is owned by the Leavenworth Historical Museum Association, Inc. (LHMA).

Fred Harvey gained national fame as the originator of the Harvey House Restaurants and Hotels, providing first-rate food and accommodations for AT&SF Railroad travelers along the entire Atchison/Kansas City-Lawrence-Topeka-Santa Fe Trail route from 1876 to the 1950’s.  The efficient and poised waitresses became widely known as “Harvey Girls”.

A National Register property, the building was to undergo a multi-phase rehabilitation project to return the home to its historical grandeur.  After the award of a Heritage Trust Fund Grant from the Kansas State Historical Society, the LHMA sent out an RFP requesting planning and development services for a new HVAC system.  CP&A, with extensive historic preservation experience, was awarded the project.  The goal was to preserve the home and to ensure the collection and artifacts be maintained in an appropriate climate-controlled environment.  

CP&A worked closely with the mechanical and electrical engineer, a collections consultant and the LHMA building committee to establishing temperature and humidity parameters.  CP&A coordinated the installation of the new hydronic heating and heat pump system in the least intrusive manner to the historic interior.  CP&A also located baseboard heaters and ductwork so as to not compromise future phased interior improvements.  The installation successfully maintained the historic character of the building while providing the required environmental comfort.


This distinguished stone building was built in 1894 as a residence for General John N. Roberts and his family.  In 1947, Libuse (Libby) Kriz purchased the property and established the "The Castle Tea Room" as a special event community venue, remaining so until her death in 2004.  Working with the board of directors of Libby's non-profit foundation, CP&Associates directed a major rehabilitation project to continue the Castle as a significant community landmark for the next century while preserving its illustrious past.
To receive Kansas State historic tax credits and because of its listing on the National Register of Historic Places, the work complied with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation.  Site improvements included new sidewalks; accessible parking; a wheelchair lift to the 1st floor; large patio for outdoor events; sculptural tiered fountain with pool; walkway, patio and building lighting; landscaping and irrigation system.  The exterior stone was cleaned and the foundation walls below grade were waterproofed.

The interior improvements included a new mechanical system with ground-source heat pumps; new plumbing fixtures and piping; new electrical service and devices; new fire alarm and sprinkler systems; new wall and ceiling finishes including historic wallpapers; refinished woodwork and wood floors; historic lighting with new remote controls and scene setting capability; new elevator connecting the basement, 1st and 2nd floors; new accessible restrooms and a serving Kitchen.

The rehabilitation is a lasting legacy to Libby's stewardship of the Castle property and her life-long commitment to the Lawrence community. 
2009 Medallion Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation
Kansas Preservation Alliance

2009 Edwin Guth Memorial Award for Interior Lighting Design
Heart of America IES Section

2009 Preservation Award
Lawrence Preservation Alliance


A company holding development rights to a significant area of Kansas City, Missouri within the downtown loop desired to amend the development area limits.  CP&A reviewed previous master plans, new market data and prepared an amended master plan, which envisioned a "campus-like" setting of mixed-use development.

The original development limits were down-scaled to an approximate ten-block area, focusing resources in areas that were most familiar for the developer.  The two existing grand movie theater properties owned by the developer had the potential for preservation and revitalization as unique cultural amenities.


Working with a national design firm, CP&A helped prepare an urban design master plan.  The goal was to meld Kansas City's unique legacy of grand atmospheric 1920s movie houses and its jazzy traditions into a downtown cultural park where art and music could flourish in a rejuvenated urban setting.

A successful linkage of existing retail department stores with the new development of the 39-story mixed-use AT&T Town Pavilion building and six existing major office towers inspired the idea of creating an attractive cultural development that was fitting of such a commercial renaissance.

The implementation of the streetscape and pedestrian enhancements would be carried out by a public/private partnership.  A major downtown property owner, Crosstown Development Corporation, commissioned the master plan with concern not only for economic development but also quality of life issues intrinsic to successful urban improvements.


CP&A was commissioned by a national developer to prepare a master plan for a “festival marketplace” retail center along the Kansas River.  The plan combined the adaptive reuse of existing industrial and commercial properties with new-build development for a viable contemporary use.

In total, a 210,000 square foot retail complex would bring together specialty retail, restaurants and entertainment enterprises to the Lawrence community is a unique riverfront location, immediately adjacent to City Hall and at the north end of Massachusetts Street, the main commercial street of downtown Lawrence.

Although the master plan was not implemented as envisioned by CP&A, the attention and notoriety the plan created within the Lawrence community was not without positive results.  In less than ten years, a multi-story riverfront retail shopping center with an adjacent hotel and parking structure was constructed.  CP&A’s master plan laid the groundwork and provided the vision for this project to be accomplished.


Hallmark Cards, Inc., a long-time CP&A client, challenged CP&A to create a "vision" to consolidate the "creative core" of Hallmark Cards.  The Creative Division was then able to bring all of their operations to one location, the 9th floor of the corporate headquarters.


After an extensive investigative and programming phase, CP&A's final design provided a "place for people to come to light and air".  The "Community Center" embodied Hallmark's corporate identity and pride, and consisted of shared public spaces including a Gallery, Library, Media Center and Resource Center.  The "Main Street" or primary circulation path provided the dynamic link among the "Community Center", "Neighborhoods" and "Alleys".


CP&A and Hallmark agreed that this group of employees warranted modifications to the corporate standard for the physical improvement.  A long undulating wall unified several departments within the Creative Division.  Through artful design, CP&A clearly marked the Creative Division as visually distinctive yet still connected to the corporate foundation that says "Hallmark".


This premier, gourmet grocery store was located in a venerable neighborhood shopping center in an affluent Kansas City suburb in Fairway, Kansas.  Originally constructed as a movie house, this building had been previously remodeled to level out the sloping floor and backstage area, along with a new kitchen and service dock.

CP&A provided design and construction, merchandising, store fixture design, graphic design and package design services in response to the Owner’s interest in having a comprehensive approach to the remodel improvements and to foster a close attention to detail throughout the store.  The exterior was remodeled to include a new public entry, large show windows, signage and entry canopy.

Careful attention was given to every aspect of the store’s interior.  Colors and lighting were selected to enhance the food merchandising.  The checkerboard pattern floor tile reflected the new store logo, which was incorporated into the store’s unique packaging applications, reinforcing the store’s image and identity.


Hallmark Cards decommissioned 130,000 square feet of manufacturing space within the company's corporate headquarters.  That space, along with 90,000 square feet of existing office space, provided the framework for a renovation and remodel to accommodate expansion of three corporate departments.

CP&A was tasked with design and documentation services for the build-out of corporate offices utilizing Hallmark's corporate design standards, which are comprised of four key building blocks; Open Office, Office Core Areas, Lounge, and Circulation Spines.  Using these building blocks CP&A used Circulation Spines to circumscribe and connect the three different Departments with necessary core support services, lounge spaces and the rest of the Hallmark Corporate Campus.


GEAR For Sports is a leading designer and manufacturer of sports apparel.  In 1989, the company then known as Winning Ways, was faced with an immediate need for more space and functionality than their existing facility could provide.  GEAR For Sports also foresaw expansion needs due to their current and future growth projections.  CP&A was selected to provide the planning, design and construction services for a new facility in a new location.


The resultant 238,000 square foot facility consolidated the company's warehouse, production and corporate functions.  The new building and 13-acre site also showcased GEAR For Sports in the most prestigious location within the Kansas Commerce Center Business Park .


One of the primary goals in the design was to allow GEAR personnel to concentrate on the superb production and sales support for which GEAR For Sports had become recognized.  Another goal was to bring natural light to the interior.  This was accomplished through curtain wall windows, a large roof skylight in the main public entrance rotunda, a large clerestory window wall for the full length of the Light Court and multiple roof skylights over the warehouse and production areas.  The design, organization and materials of the building visually distinguished the primary "parts"; office, warehouse and production.


A unique 2-story rotunda was located at the main corporate building entrance and serves as the most public interior space.  The rotunda marked the "hub" around which the offices, production and warehouse were connected.  Nine overhead skylights flood the rotunda with natural light.


The core executive office area was located on the second floor, above the main corporate and public entrance, and opened onto the interior sky lit Rotunda space.  A floor-to-ceiling exterior glass wall allows each executive office and the Executive Conference Room to look over the corporate entry driveways, office lunchroom outdoor patio and extensively landscaped corporate "front yard".  The coffered drywall ceilings and recessed lighting reinforce the curved building configuration.


GEAR For Sports desired to create a unique and productive work environment that met the needs of each employee.  CP&A interviewed every management staff member to fully assess their internal communication protocols, work flow patterns, space requirements, furniture and equipment needs prior to designing the overall spaces and individual work stations.  On the second floor open office area, business and sales departments were located.  Variations in the workstation panel heights visually distinguish departments from each other.


The company's success was dependent upon creative input from the many artists who design logos and images for the printing and embroidery production on high quality sports apparel.  The first floor Production Art Department was appointed with brightly colored, modulating panels to create a lively, artistic atmosphere.


GEAR For Sports had a reputation as an industry leader in the design and production of sports apparel.   Their commitment to maintain this status involved the installation of a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.  CP&A analyzed each manufacturing and warehouse operation and task, and incorporated the results into the new design, toward a goal of increasing productivity while maintaining the high quality demanded by management and market niche.


Originally built in 1870, the Old English Lutheran Church was threatened with demolition in 1990.  A landmark legal case overturned the demolition, and the building was then purchased by a new Owner.   The Owner wanted to adaptively reuse the building for professional offices because of the nearby county courts buildings.  CP&A developed a new rehabilitation plan for the interior and a historic restoration approach to the exterior.


The rehabilitation included new interior structural columns and beams to stabilize the entire building and expand the basement and second floors.  The building grew to over 7,000 square feet of leasable area, which greatly facilitated the Owner's business plan.


On the interior, the new second floor was held back from the exterior side walls, allowing the original gothic windows to be seen in public aisles, and to retain a visual sense of the original historic nave space.


The Owner and CP&A have been widely recognized for their extraordinary preservation efforts and design excellence. In 1996, after the rehabilitation construction was completed and the building fully occupied, the property was nominated and accepted for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.


1995 Special Distinction for Design Excellence
IESNA Illumination Design Awards

1993 Preservation Award
Kansas Preservation Alliance


For this second home, the Owners of this Santa Fe residence wanted to create a comforting retreat for family and friends.  However, the building had fallen into disrepair; and was dark and closed off from the brilliant New Mexico sun.


CP&A directed a major remodel project to restore and expand the house in the Pueblo Revival style.  A large exterior courtyard next to the house was developed and interior rooms were rearranged to open up views through new windows to the Sangre de Christo Mountains beyond.  New landscape plantings along with native grasses were chosen to minimize maintenance and a demand for water.


The existing and new exterior walls incorporated age-old indigenous materials.  The walls were finished in stucco with traditional detailing.  The wood roof framing of new rooms and outdoor "portals" (covered verandas) included "vigas" (large diameter hand hewn round logs that extend through the exterior walls and are exposed) and "latillas" (hand hewn smaller round logs).  The portals also softened the strong summer sun along the perimeter walls, giving pleasant shade to the outdoor living area within the courtyard.


To capture the same traditional style and design on the interior, CP&A worked with the Owners to achieve a rustic yet refined style with a blend of earthy, southwest colors, rough-textured plaster walls, flagstone flooring and warm wood accents.   The kitchen and informal dining space were designed for group food preparation, family activities and informal, communal meals.   The warm, inviting layout, furnishings and finish materials, along with the traditional kiva fireplace, all create a special place where family and friends linger and enjoy each other, as the Owners desired.


With the goals of a more significant community profile and increased customer services, the FKFS board authorized the planning, design and construction of a new bank headquarters in Paola, Kansas.  CP&A prepared a site development plan that included a 3,930 square foot building, customer parking, vehicular circulation for five (5) drive-up lanes and extensive landscape improvements.


The building design and primary exterior materials were selected to distinguish FKFS from other banks while presenting a modern yet traditional image.  Prefinished metal standing seam roof, two (2) brick veneer colors, ground-face decorative block veneer, cast stone wall coping, and aluminum/glass windows and doors combine in an attractive, low maintenance composition.


A key program element was FKFS 's goal to make the interior feel open and inviting, while maximizing both space efficiency and space utilization.  It was critical for the tellers to serve both the Lobby and drive-up customers with equal effectiveness.


The large window areas on the north and south end walls align with a raised barrel vault ceiling in the Lobby and Personal Banking areas.  The expansive exterior windows and the interior aluminum/glass walls along the Personal Banking areas contribute to the building's sense of openness and transparency.


CP&A directed the historic rehabilitation of this 2-story former Santa Fe Railroad Depot, originally built in 1888.  A National Register of Historic Places property, the building received funding from the Federal Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) and the Franklin County Historical Society (FCHS) raised the remaining 20% local funding.  Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) personnel administered the ISTEA grant and compliance with the Secretary of Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation was required.

The exterior work included stone walls restoration and mortar repointing; standing seam terne metal roof replacement; porch roof framing repairs and new membrane; existing metal cornice repairs; existing wood window repairs and new fixed storm windows; new ADA-compliant parking.  

Interior rehabilitation and adaptive reuse work included integratation new HVAC systems and equipment: new electrical service, outlets and ­­lighting; new fire exit stair for the second floor; new ADA-compliant restrooms; plaster wall repairs;  new elevator connecting the first and second floors.

2000 Medallion Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation
Kansas Preservation Alliance


Based in Tonganoxie, Kansas, FSB&T opened a Lawrence branch.  After a year, CP&A was contacted to design a major exterior and interior building remodel.  The floor area was more than doubled to 1,850 square feet.
The bank expanded into an adjacent storefront building.  Twenty-nine lineal feet of common wall was removed to unify the interior space and make it "customer friendly", including access for disabled customers.
To distinguish the FSB&T storefront and unify the two building storefronts, CP&A designed the following improvements:

  • New paint colors on existing brick walls
  • New parapet wall metal coping and trim
  • New tower element to visually identify the location of the main public corner entrance
  • New cantilevered roof canopy over the ATM and night depository units at the sidewalk
  • New public sidewalks and planting areas along the street storefront


After working with FSB&T to remodel and expand their downtown Vermont Street branch, CP&A began a planning and design process for a second, larger branch bank facility in Lawrence.  CP&A provided preliminary site design services to assist FSB&T in evaluating site development options before finalizing the contract to purchase the new property.
CP&A worked closely to identify the new building program and prepared floor plan options.  With FSB&T approval, CP&A proceeded with construction documents, solicited three (3) bids and administered the construction with the successful general contractor.
The exterior building design includes a distinctive entry tower.  The tower not only draws the attention of drivers on adjacent streets, but also provides the visual connection with the Vermont branch through a similar roof shape, materials and colors.  The other exterior building enclosure materials were selected for their appearance, longevity and minimal maintenance.


The Owner began the design and construction of this home in the late 1980s.  However, the project was stopped due to the Owner's dissatisfaction with the level of design and the quality of construction. The house shell remained unoccupied during most of the 1990s. In 1999, CP&A and the Owner made connections. CP&A was given the responsibility to completely overhaul the project and find a way to salvage the home.
CP&A and the Owner embarked on a very deliberate process to completely rethink the Owner's program and design intent. After establishing the Owner's program, CP&A prepared a preliminary design for the house and made revisions until the Owner approved the design, materials and scope of construction. CP&A prepared a set of construction drawings, and the pre-qualified general contractor solicited construction bids. After review and with the Owner's approval, construction began in earnest.
The completed house provides over 12,000 square feet of living spaces on three levels. It occupies a prominent site located at the end of a cul-de-sac and is comprised of two wings - a main wing that formally addresses the public street and provides spaces on the first level for entertaining guests, and a second wing that retreats back away from the street, offering privacy to the more family-oriented spaces within.
While the exterior of the house appears relatively traditional, the Owner desired the integration of cutting-edge technologies. Internet access is provided for throughout the house. The heating and cooling system is connected to fifteen (15) geothermal wells drilled in the yard.
CP&A provided construction administration services to ensure the work met the intent of the construction drawings. Because of numerous Owner-directed changes during construction, CP&A closely tracked the changes, prepared supplemental drawings, and monitored the cost adjustments. The project was long and demanding, but the extraordinary results are a testament to CP&A's commitment and attention throughout the design and construction process.


With over thirty years of professional experience on a wide variety of projects for Hallmark, CP&A was tasked to analyze a program for a new Wellness Center for Hallmark employees and prepare a master plan to illustrate the size and location options.

With familiarity of the existing Hallmark Campus, CP&A investigated multiple location options, including both new construction and remodeling within the existing buildings.  The proposed program and space requirements included a large multi-purpose gymnasium, various sized fitness and exercise facilities for cardiovascular health and other health-related activities, group exercise spaces, offices and classrooms.

CP&A prepared large graphic display boards to illustrate each option and assisted in developing preliminary budget costs for each option.  The Master Plan provided Hallmark's management with the information to make a strategic decision for the benefit of all Hallmark employees.


Having worked previously for this Owner on a commercial remodel project for his photography business, CP&A was asked to provide design and construction services for the Owner's new timberframe home.   The Owner researched various timberframe companies and made the final selection of a company based in Ohio.  Once that decision was made, CP&A, worked closely with the Owner and timberframe company to develop preliminary floor plans, sections and exterior elevations.


After the Owner approved the preliminary drawings, CP&A refined the design based on details provided by the timberframe company including foundation connections, frame layouts, structural insulated wall and roof panels (SIPS), and other critical details.  CP&A also coordinated how doors and windows were integrated and how electrical wiring and plumbing piping were routed within the timberframe system, to provide an overall home design that met the Owner's demands for aesthetics and comfort.  Ultimately, CP&A prepared construction documents to secure the necessary City permits and approvals, and provided services during construction to ensure the work complied with the documents, especially with regard to how the field work coordinated with the timberframe system.


Working with a long-time commercial building client, CP&Associates provided planning, architectural design and documentation services for the client's custom retirement home.  The project included a large new addition, extensive remodel of an existing house and significant site improvements.  Located on a 70-acre rural setting with magnificent views to a broad valley and the distant Sangre de Christo mountain range, the new design sought to satisfy the client's desire to "commune" with nature.


After developing the unique design of a stone and timber gate structure at the entrance drive from the highway, CP&A prepared a master plan of the overall property's development to set a framework for the design and construction to follow.  The master plan included several outbuildings to store the client's car and truck collection, a new road layout from the highway, and the new multi-floor building addition with its connection to the existing house through an expanded walkout basement garage and new outdoor deck above.


CP&A, working closely with the client, prepared the new addition's design to incorporate a timber frame structural system along with structural insulated panels (SIP) for the walls and roof.  The soaring 22-foot ceilings and spectacular exposed timbers recall a timeless western building tradition while imparting a distinctly contemporary appearance that the client desired.  The exterior materials and appearance for the new addition - dry laid stone; stucco siding; wood trim; exposed soffits, beams, rafters and columns; commercial-grade aluminum and glass window walls and doors; metal standing seam roof - were also installed on the existing house for a totally integrated and unified appearance of the new and existing structures.


The large timber-framed porte-cochere and snow melt system in the paving at the main entrance ensure the client and their guests arrive in comfort and safety.  The tower above the main entrance allows the client and guests to experience the spectacular views, both near and far, from this unique and remarkable home.


Working with Hallmark Cards, Inc. and Crown Center Redevelopment Corporation, a long-time repeat client, CP&A provided planning, design and construction services to successfully remodel over 45,000 SF of 5th floor space for the Human Resources (HR) Department.  Removing HR from the 4th floor was Phase One of a larger corporate remodel project, and would provide HR with a more convenient location for Hallmark employees.


From past experience, CP&A was familiar with Hallmark's corporate design standards and planning principles for the Hallmark campus.  CP&A applied these standards to organize open office "neighborhoods" connected by wide circulation "streets" with adjacent "core" rooms for planning, teaming and collaboration.


Color, lighting and floor materials were important design elements.  Accent colors on walls and columns gave individual identity to each office "neighborhood".  Cork flooring was the typical "street" floor finish, which along with a lower illumination level, served as the signature way-finding element throughout the office floors.


Working with long-term client Hallmark Cards and its subsidiary Crown Center Redevelopment Corporation (CCRC), CP&A provided planning, design and construction services for a major remodel within Hallmark's corporate headquarters.  Because much of the 4th floor existing slab-on-grade had to be replaced because of an expansive soil condition, Hallmark took this opportunity to rearrange and remodel departments and create new facilities for the benefit of Hallmark employees.  Overall, the remodel work on the 4th floor totaled 000,000 square feet.


CP&A prepared a phased master plan for the 4th floor remodel work, which had to be coordinated with the structural floor replacement.  The 4th floor was important to all of Hallmark because it included the "Crown Room", which was not only the corporate dining room and large employee meeting room, but was also considered to be the "heart" of Hallmark.


The first phase of the 4th floor remodel work involved relocating the Health Services Department and the Employee Card Shop.  Once the Health and Card Shop remodel work was completed, temporary walls were built to facilitate Hallmark employee access to both areas during the remaining construction.


The next phase on the 4th floor included an exciting new food service venue, the 5-Point Café.  Hallmark wanted a smaller, satellite area that served a more limited food offering in a casual setting.


The third phase included the Town Center and a new, open stair from the 4th to 5th floors.  The Town Center accommodated special corporate displays and multiple types of lighting to be flexible for various types of activities.  The adjacent new, open stair provided employees more direct access from the 5th floor down to the 4th floor.


The final phase on the 4th floor remodel work was the Crown Room.  A new dishwashing room also expanded the size of the existing room and had new dishwashing equipment.


Upon completion of this multi-phase remodel project, the 4th floor was significantly upgraded with employee amenities and services, and provided an exciting evolution to Hallmark's corporate campus.


Patriot's Bank, headquartered in Garnett, Kansas, purchased a local bank in Gardner, Kansas.  Having selected a general contractor that CP&A had previously worked with on multiple projects, Patriot's Bank contacted CP&A to provide planning, design and construction services for the new improvements.


The existing bank building had a "dated" exterior design.  Although Patriot's Bank used the interior layout as is with only minor modifications, they desired to upgrade the outside appearance because of its prominent corner location at the intersection of Gardner 's two most heavily traveled streets.  They also made significant site improvements including a new 12-vehicle parking lot and a new drive-up ATM.


CP&A worked closely with Patriots Bank to resolve the site improvements, which were very challenging because of the tight site dimensions and existing curb cuts.  In addition to the new parking lot and ATM, new concrete curb and gutters and new paving were installed along with new landscape plantings.  When the final site layout was achieved, CP&A submitted the site plan and supporting documents for City review and approval, prior to issuing the construction permit.


The exterior building changes also proved to be a challenge.  The primary goal was to change the roof design and construct the new roof over the existing one.  Working with the general contractor, CP&A developed a design that did not require removing the existing roof, and still provided the necessary structural connections when attaching to the existing building.  The new roof also incorporated coverage of the existing drive-up window and the new remote drive-up kiosk.


The new finish roof material is a copper-like, sloping standing seam metal.  New gutters and downspouts were fabricated from the same copper-like metal.  The existing exterior stone walls, which blended with the copper-like metal, were cleaned and retained.  New building signage completed the exterior transformation.


The City Manager contacted CP&Associates in 2002 to conduct a master plan study of selected City municipal facilities.  CP&A's services included an assessment/evaluation of existing buildings; program development for current and future space needs; investigation of potential building sites and location options; preparation of planning and preliminary design options; preparation of a report for the City Commission's approval; and budget costs for a new capital improvements plan to be put before the voters in a public election.


The City facilities and departments included historic City Hall housing administrative offices and the Municipal Court; a volunteer Fire Department that stored vehicles in City Hall; the Police Department located in an addition to City Hall but in very poor condition; a historic Public Library with a later addition; a historic Cultural Center with only basement use including the City Commission meeting room.


CP&A identified four (4) options, which included different combinations and locations for the City facilities and departments.  With City Commission comments, CP&A assisted the City with graphic documents, descriptions and budget costs for each option, which are to be funded by City sales tax revenues.  In two subsequent public elections (2006, 2007), Paola voters approved the capital improvements plan in its entirety.  A new Police facility was the first capital improvements project to be built and ready for occupancy in January 2009.


CP&A's office was located in the 2345 Grand Boulevard building in Kansas City, Missouri for sixteen years.  During that time, CP&A continued a relationship with the Building Manager to provide professional architectural services including tenant improvement projects.


Think Credit Union (TCU), an existing tenant, desired to expand and move to another first floor location.   CP&A worked closely with the Building Manager and TCU to find the best fit for their new operation.


Based on TCU's desire to be welcoming and open with their customers, the private offices and conference room were designed with full height glass walls facing the public lobby and tellers.  A palette of warm and elegant materials including wood doors and trim, solid surface, stone tile, carpet and wall coverings updated the interior appearance.  New ambient and colorful accent lighting reinforced the bright and open feeling within the new space.


Hines, the Building Manager and long time CP&A client, along with the building owner decided to offer a Fitness Center as a new tenant amenity.  After selecting the new first floor location just off the main lobby, Hines came to CP&A for both design and documentation services.


The new location was a challenge because it was long and narrow and fronted along the main public corridor with full height existing glass walls.  Working closely with Hines, CP&A designed an interior that included the following improvements:

  • ADA-accessible restrooms with showers and lockers
  • A workout space with mirrors that made the space feel larger
  • Vibrant and energetic colors
  • A patterned, frosted film applied to the existing glass walls that conveyed energy and movement while providing visual privacy for the Fitness Center users from the public corridor traffic just outside
  • Card access entrance for security and control



Hines came to CP&A with an existing tenant that wanted to expand and relocate within the building.  The national headquarters of the American Public Works Association (APWA) needed approximately 15,000 SF to accommodate their operation and service to its members.


CP&A designed multiple space plan options to arrive at the optimum layout.  CP&A also worked closely with APWA in selecting complimentary finish materials and colors that best represented APWA.


In the end, the completed space showcased a well conceived, collaborative effort where communication and dedication to APWA's values created an inspired design.  This result included close attention to small details and proved to be very popular with the APWA personnel.


A long-time client, First State Bank & Trust sought out CP&Associates' services to design a new branch bank in Basehor, Kansas. The new branch sits prominently on high ground adjacent to a major highway that connects Basehor with the Kansas City metro area to the east and with Tonganoxie and Lawrence to the west. The bank is a landmark feature both to the highway and to the growing town of Basehor.

The interior of the bank was designed to be visually open, and at the heart is a light-filled lobby that visually connects customers to the multiple banking operations and activities. This design embraced the bank's friendly and open attitude toward their customers.

Hand blown glass fixtures suspended from the high ceiling follow a sinuous line through the Lobby from the front doors to the Tellers, moving up and down along the path. Created by Free State Glass in Lawrence, Kansas, the glass pieces represent the yearly change in nature's seasons by the progression of colors. The spectacular result further reinforces the bank's commitment to their customers and to local artists.

2009 Illumination Award for Interior Design Lighting
Heart of America IES Section


In 2005, CP&A's client and his daughter founded their own unique eating establishment.  The goal was to celebrate the gathering of family and friends around fresh, flavorful food.  All the ice cream and most of the other menu items and creations are made locally on the premises.  Cirque d'Alex is definitely not your ordinary fare.

CP&A knew the client very well from a prior association when he was a Maggie Moos franchisee.  After going on his own, the client found an existing building to accommodate his retail operation, production space needs and business office.  CP&A was contacted to provide the necessary planning, design and construction services for the new enterprise.

The client had a clear vision of what kind of space his store should have and what materials to be used.   CP&A worked closely with the client to provide technical research and to design a clean, contemporary space using a limited palette of materials that provided a neutral background with colorful accents and graphics.  The low wall between the customers and the staff was covered with reddish-orange glass mosaic tiles with stainless steel trim.  From the exposed roof structure, two (2) distinctively styled light fixtures were randomly suspended over the dining area, along with two (2) sizes of large, internally illuminated, drum-shaped elements with colorful fun graphics.  The tables and chairs in the dining space also contribute colorful accents to the overall interior appearance.

In addition to the retail space, CP&A designed a large production area where the ice cream is made and other food items prepared.  Fortunately, the free-standing building had enough size to also fit the client's office needs.

In less than two years after the remodel construction was completed, the client found a nearby shopping center location to develop a second store.  CP&A adapted the original interior design and palette of materials to the interior improvements for this space.  The original production facility made all the ice cream for both stores.


In 2005, Wright Investment Properties contacted CP&Associates with an interest in acquiring and renovating the historic Aladin Hotel. WIP’s vision for the renovation included restoring the historic exterior facade to its original appearance and returning the interior entrance lobby to its once grand form.  As a listed property on the National Register of Historic Places, State and federal tax credits were applied for and approved.  With CP&A’s assistance and documentation, a local historic preservation consultant prepared the tax credit application and coordinated the review and approval.

This project team, including the general contractor, the Client and their interior designers, and CP&A as the architect-of-record, worked hand-in-hand to ensure a comprehensive design approach.  The result on the exterior was the facade restoration of the unique, decorative terra cotta panels and creatures, brick walls, new entrance canopy and new projecting sign on the primary west facade, using historic photographs as the design inspiration.  On the interior, the original checkerboard patterned stone floor with black and gold marble columns rising to the second floor mezzanine were restored in the first floor entrance lobby. 

As part of the interior renovation, all 195 guest rooms were updated with new finishes and amenities while maintaining a design theme uniquely “Aladdin”.  A new passenger elevator was constructed adjacent to the existing two small elevators, providing accessibility, more capacity and expedited guest travel among the sixteen floors.  The first floor restaurant was also completely remodeled and a business center and fitness room were added to the second floor, further enhancing guest accommodations.  The final result is a beautiful boutique hotel and the revival of a historic architectural treasure in downtown Kansas City.

2008 Preserve Missouri Award
Missouri Preservation

Craft Award for Exterior Terra Cotta/Brick Restoration
Brick Layers and Allied Craft Workers

Renovation of the Year Award
Holiday Inn


Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the Country Club Plaza district has long been an upscale shopping district that successfully mingled local establishments with national retailers.  In 2005 the Plaza was without a barbecue restaurant, in a barbecue town.  To rectify this deficiency Highwoods Properties recruited Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue to open a new location in the Plaza and got in return both a local icon and a nationally recognized brand.

Jack Stack teamed up with CP&Associates and Pearce Construction to create a uniquely "Jack Stack" environment in a space that for years had been the home of a competitor in the barbecue business.  Visitors to the newest Jack Stack location will quickly notice that changes within go well beyond a change to the name and shift in the barbecue flavor.

After surveying the space and carefully considering the existing materials, finishes and equipment within, Fiorella's, CP&Associates, and Pearce acting as a team agreed that the space needed to be gutted to the structure so the design could reflect the uniqueness of the Jack Stack style and operations.  This was a daunting task for all participants as it was imperative that the doors open for business within nine months so that Jack Stack could take advantage of the holiday shopping season while launching their new restaurant location.


The Marriott Hotel was undergoing a major facility remodel that included a complete replacement of the exterior wall finish.  CP&A was part of a team that included a new Owner based in California, a construction technology consultant from Atlanta, and the same general contractor CP&A worked with on the Aladdin Holiday Inn Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.  CP&A served as the local architect-of-record and prepared the construction and permit documents based on details and materials approved by the Atlanta consultant.  CP&A also provided construction administration services including field observations, submittals review, final inspections and quality control at project closeout.


The new Owner wanted to enliven the existing, tired single-color building façade with multiple colors.   CP&A prepared many design options by digitally manipulating an existing color photograph, presented the options for the Owner to final approval, and arranged for actual material samples of the approved colors.


At the Owner's request, CP&A also served as the local architect-of record for the remodel of all guest rooms and all meeting rooms and ballrooms, working closely with the Owner's interior design consultant.  Both of these projects had very tight time frames to minimize the number of guest rooms taken out of service, and to ensure the ballrooms were available for events already booked.  The team worked very closely to meet all the deadlines and deliver a completely remodeled hotel facility that reflected the needs of today's discerning travelers.


The Museum of Art and Archeology was founded in 1957 and moved to historic Pickard Hall (1892) where it resides today.  The three useable floors of Pickard Hall total approximately 24,600 square feet.


CP&A conducted the original CAP survey in 2000.  It identified limitations in the Museum facilities for storage, exhibit preparation, and display of temporary and traveling exhibits.  The CAP also noted the Museum's need for additional space and listed options, both on-site and relocation to other facilities on the campus.


The ReCAP survey identified a total space increase of 2.5 times more than what is currently available in Pickard Hall.  Expansion of Pickard Hall would not be feasible or prudent because of adverse effects in the architectural character of the historic structure.  At the same time, the University's Master Plan recognized the value of re-purposing its historic structures for critical classroom needs, increasing the space use efficiency of Pickard Hall over what was achieved in the Museum's specialized use.


In the past twelve years, the Museum's programs and outreach have developed great momentum, with growing support for expanding both programs and facilities.  Discussions with critical parties have included the exploration of funding strategies and embracing a new mixed-use zone development concept between Columbia and the University.  CP&A's ReCAP survey will be a significant part of the framework for more effective strategic planning, future decision-making and setting priorities for future changes in the Museum's facilities.


The Conservation Assessment Program ( CAP ) is a federally funded grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services that is administrated by Heritage Preservation.   The grant provides funds a general conservation survey of a museum's buildings, collections, environmental systems and property.   Two professional assessors visit each institution; an architectural assessor and a collections or objects assessor.


The assessors spend two days on-site gathering information, touring the museum and its collections and interviewing the staff.  Within eight weeks, each assessor transmits a rough draft of their report to the museum for review and comments.  The assessors then finalize the reports and issue two copies, one to the museum and one to Heritage Preservation.


The reports provide the following information for each museum:

1.  Executive summary including an overview history and background, and a list of recommendations with short-term, medium-term and long-term priorities.

2.  Brief description of existing conditions and observations, evaluation and recommendations for the following:

·  Site and property

·  Building exterior and interior

·  Collections

·  Photographic survey with comments

·  Drawing(s) of site or building floor plan(s)


CP&Associates has two certified architectural assessors, who have completed a total of eleven (11) CAP reports.



The Toy & Miniature Museum of Kansas City was founded in 1979 by two avid collectors of toys and miniatures.  When their collections outgrew their respective homes, they leased a 1911 historic home on the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and opened to the public in 1982.


The founders continued to add to their collections.  In 1989, a 14,000 square foot building addition was made to the original building along with increased parking and other site improvements.  With the donation of a large toy marble collection, the museum constructed another 12,000 square foot building addition in 2004, for a total facility area of 33,500 square feet.


The museum had a CAP assessment in 1995, but the board staff desired a ReCAP of the entire facility to assist in a strategic planning effort, provide a framework for decision-making and set priorities for future facility improvements.


The Conservation Assessment Program ( CAP ) is a federally funded grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services that is administrated by Heritage Preservation.   The grant provides funds a general conservation survey of a museum's buildings, collections, environmental systems and property.   Two professional assessors visit each institution; an architectural assessor and a collections or objects assessor.


The assessors spend two days on-site gathering information, touring the museum and its collections and interviewing the staff.  Within eight weeks, each assessor transmits a rough draft of their report to the museum for review and comments.  The assessors then finalize the reports and issue two copies, one to the museum and one to Heritage Preservation.


The reports provide the following information for each museum:

1.       Executive summary including an overview history and background, and a list of recommendations with short-term, medium-term and long-term priorities.

2.       Brief description of existing conditions and observations, evaluation and recommendations for the following:

·    Site and property

·    Building exterior and interior

·    Collections

·    Photographic survey with comments

·    Drawing(s) of site or building floor plan(s)


CP&Associates has two certified architectural assessors, who have completed a total of eleven (11) CAP reports.


Casey’s General Stores were on an aggressive growth mode in 2010 when they acquired a small regional chain of convenience stores from Kabredlo’s.  The chain was a good fit for Casey’s and immediately boosted Casey’s presence in Lincoln, Nebraska where 14 of the chains 43 stores were located.

Casey’s identified six of the locations as candidates for expansion and remodel to allow the introduction of their popular fresh made pizzas, donuts and sub sandwiches.  To accomplish this task, Casey’s put CP&Associates to work in preparing design and construction documents for a modest addition and substantial interior remodel to each location in order to accommodate the kitchen facilities required for Casey’s standard operations.


Ponak’s Mexican Kitchen is one of Kansas City’s most popular drinking and dining establishments.  CP&A, a long-time patron, provided design and construction services for a new Sidewalk Café installation.  Working closely with the local general manager and the Owners, CP&A first researched what licensing and building code requirements would apply.  Based on the desired number of patrons, CP&A prepared multiple layout enclosure options.  The new sidewalk enclosure included two (2) new emergency exit gates to allow patrons to reach the public sidewalk from both the Sidewalk Café and existing building.

The final enclosure design consisted of a mid-height steel fence with vertical posts for mounting colorful umbrellas; a synthetic wood cap at the top of the fence; and multiple steel planter boxes attached to the fence.  The steel materials have a paint finish with bright colors to compliment the existing building’s colorful appearance.  To facilitate the Ponak’s servers and ensure an efficient operation for serving Sidewalk Café patrons, the existing fixed window to the Kitchen was replaced with an automatic sliding serving window.

The Owners preferred to work with Ponak’s customers, which included the general contractor, electrician and the steel fabrication company for the enclosure.  They all submitted construction bids based on CP&A's final drawings.  CP&A assisted the general contractor to secure a building permit, and reviewed shop drawings and other submittals.  The construction schedule was critical because Ponak’s needed several days to run through their operation for serving the new Sidewalk Café before the crowds of the Cinco de Mayo celebration.  The Sidewalk Café has proved to be a very positive addition to the already successful Ponak’s Mexican Kitchen.


CP&Associates and B.A. Green Construction were the design-build team to deliver a new doctor’s clinic in Tonganoxie, Kansas for Lawrence Memorial Hospital.  CP&A was familiar with the proposed site, having worked with another CP&A client, First State Bank & Trust, on the master plan for a multi-site property development.

Working closely with LMH, CP&A and the team developed the necessary program information for the clinic’s design and construction.  The single story building has a partial basement for records storage and mechanical equipment.  An important program element was the future expansion for a second doctor.

CP&A’s design included not only a clear vision for the future addition but also made provisions to accommodate the addition; e.g. oversized waiting area; structural headers for future wall openings; MPE duct chases, empty conduits and oversized electrical panels; parking spaces; sanitary sewer location; screening for a future condensing unit.  The exterior design and appearance of brick, stucco, concrete roof tile, aluminum/glass doors and windows conveyed a “complete” building while providing for the seamless blending of a future addition to the original clinic.


These two museum sites had multiple buildings in each location; eight (8) in Ellsworth and four (8) in Kanopolis.  Some of the buildings were in their original locations and others had been moved from endangered locations within the county to their current locations as part of a historical museum complex.  The Hodgden House was built in 1878 and the Fort Harker Guardhouse dates to 1867.

The Conservation Assessment Program ( CAP ) is a federally funded grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services that is administrated by Heritage Preservation.   CAP funds a general conservation survey of a museum's buildings, collections, environmental systems and property.   Two professional assessors visit each institution; an architectural assessor and a collections or objects assessor.

The assessors spend two days on-site gathering information, touring the museum and its collections and interviewing the staff.   Within eight weeks, each assessor transmits a rough draft of their report to the museum for review and comments.   The assessors then finalize the reports and issue two copies, one to the museum and one to Heritage Preservation.


The reports provide the following information for each museum:

1.          Executive summary including an overview history and background, and a list of recommendations with short-term, medium-term and long-term priorities.
2.          Brief description of existing conditions and observations, evaluation and recommendations for the following:

·          Site and property

·          Building exterior and interior

·          Collections

·          Photographic survey with comments

·          Drawing(s) of site or building floor plan(s)


CP&Associates has two certified architectural assessors, who have completed a total of eleven (11) CAP reports.



This master plan, prepared for the Lawrence, Kansas Parks and Recreation Department, provided for the comprehensive development of a riverfront park through a creative linkage of existing parks and the river frontage by a system of trails. These trails respond to many activity levels and forms of recreation, and the linkage has established an integrated park system of nearly 100 acres connecting the historic central business district with the Kansas Riverfront. This system of parks and trails has provided a framework for recreational development along the Kansas River.

CP&Associates prepared follow-up park designs for Burcham Park, Constant Park, Robinson Park, Watson Park, and Constant Trust and Bowerstock Mills and Power Company. Each effort has led to the incremental implementation of the overall master plan. A unique collaboration of public and private interests working within this planning context have accomplished remarkable success in creating enviable recreational opportunities in Lawrence, Kansas.

Individual Park Plans:
Watson Park (formerly Central Park)
Constant Park
Burcham Park
Robinson Park


The objective of this project was to determine the feasibility of a rowing center for the University of Kansas Crew on the Kansas River waterfront. The study surveyed over fifteen individual site alternatives and evaluated their feasibility relative to many issues unique to the sport of rowing. Burcham Park was selected as the prime location for the rowing center.

A site of approximately 2.5 acres was identified to accommodate an 8,000 square foot boathouse with parking and dock access. To retain the park's tranquil atmosphere, the site plan was designed to minimize the center's impact on the existing terrain and activity areas.


The First National Bank and Trust Company commissioned CP&Associates in 1987 to design a new two-story vertical addition to their existing one-story building and to completely remodel the existing basement and first floors.

CP&Associates worked closely with the Owner and their pre-selected general contractor to design the new façade, and also to establish a phasing strategy and programmatic requirements that allowed for the uninterrupted operation of bank services during construction. While the new exterior façade an extension of the existing building's overall design with similar materials, the Board of Directors challenged CP&A to create "the most beautiful banking interiors between Kansas City and St. Louis."

CP&A delivered an intricately detailed design utilizing simple design elements and rich materials of cherry wood, granite and brass for the casework and decorative trim. New floor, wall and ceiling finishes, as well as new lighting, combined for a very striking yet functional interior.

In response to a request from the Board of Directors, CP&A also developed a master plan for the entire block. This included enhancing the parking lot area and adjacent properties behind the bank. The plan included a series of covered arcades that converted alleyways into pedestrian links, integrated a glass-enclosed courtyard, and provided new planting and other site amenities.


Samuel Crawford, the third governor of Kansas, built this building in 1888 as part of his publishing business, the Weekly Breeze.  After over one hundred years of useful life, this Romanesque office building suffered a partial collapse of the south exterior wall.  Its prominence in the Topeka community encouraged local preservationists to save it from demolition.

CP&Associates worked with the new building’s owners and prepared a preservation plan for the building’s rehabilitation and adaptive reuse.  In addition, CP&A prepared a master plan to connect the Crawford Building with similar vintage one-story commercial structures in the same block, creating a unique and historic “Governor’s Place” arcade of mixed-use development in downtown Topeka.

The Crawford Building rehabilitation for  multi-tenant occupancy included structural stabilization and repairs to the failed south wall; exterior masonry restoration including repointing the brick and stone mortar; exterior window repairs including new insulated glazing and paint finish; new roof membrane; new second fire stair addition; new elevator from basement to the fourth floor; new HVAC, plumbing and electrical equipment and systems; new interior finishes; repaired historic interior finishes including wood wainscot, door and window trim.

Although the Crawford Building was successfully rehabilitated for new occupancy, the adjacent mixed-use development as originally conceived by CP&A was never realized.



Casey's contacted CP&Associates early on in the development of this site.  Initially CP&A supported Casey's with development of uniquely detailed elevations that satisfied Gardner's zoning ordinances relating to building exteriors.  The elevation drawings, plans and site adaptation work assisted Casey's in winning support from the Gardner Planning and Zoning Commission.

Once the city accepted the proposed design, CP&Associates modified a standard set of Hip Roof 'O' Store drawings by adding and modifying details relating to the unique changes required on the exterior.  This customized set of documents allowed for a quick permit review process and Casey's was able to close on the property and move forward with construction without delay.


CP&Associates was commissioned by the Parks and Recreation Department to prepare the initial phase of a Master Plan for new improvements to Watson Park (formerly known as Central Park).

Full professional services were provided, from the design of site improvements through preparation of construction documents and contract administration.  New site grading, walkways, landscaping, irrigation, playground equipment, and an area that could be flooded to provide winter ice skating were designed by CP&A.

Implementation of this project completed part of the Riverfront Park Master Plan, also prepared by CP&A, and provides a creative linkage of four City Parks, the historic central business district and the riverfront by a system of trails.


This project brought together architects, local artists and crafts people a unique solution to a unique problem.  Designed by Thomas Lamb, the Loew’s Midland Theatre was built in 1927.  However, Lamb’s design for the monumental arched window, although commemorated in the architect’s original construction drawings, was never built.  The building's current Owner desired to restore both the monumental window and entrance marquee to match the architect's original 1927 design.  Fortunately, a great deal of historic photographic documentation was available to guide the restoration, including copies of the original building facade and marquee drawings.

The marquee had to be recreated and fabricated using contemporary materials.  After being installed to the original steel beams, the fascia, roof, soffit, lighting, signage and decorative features match the original shape, design and details.

The monumental arched window required a new steel framing system.  A local artist cut the decorative patterns in an opaque film on the back side of the spandrel panels to allow light to only come out in those locations.  A large 3-dimensional sculptural piece was a unique collaborative effort between another local artist and a metal fabrication company.  Individual pieces were sculpted, molds made and then cast in aluminum, finished with special gilded material and attached to the new window framing.  The original architect's design vision was completed after over sixty years.


CP&A responded to a request to evaluate the proposed scope of work by the United Methodist Church's Building Committee.  On its own initiative, CP&A visited the site and building, thoroughly documented the site and building with photographs, measured each of the four (4) levels, and prepared as-built floor plan drawings of each level.

With an complete inventory of the existing site and building conditions, CP&A then made a preliminary assessment of the Committee's proposed improvements, which included a second fire exit stair, an elevator, a remodel of the basement area.  CP&A presented alternative design ideas to the Building Committee that were more respectful of the historic building and offered improved functionality.



Located in rural Franklin County southwest of Ottawa, Kansas, the 640-acre Camp Chippewa celebrated its 40th anniversary in 1998. To commemorate their past and ensure thoughtful, future development, CP&Associates prepared a Master Plan that embraced the camp’s natural features and respected the following Mission Statement:

“Camp Chippewa is a ministry site of the United Methodist Church in God’s outdoors where all people can experience spiritual renewal in a simple, natural environment.  At Camp Chippewa, faith and fun come together!”

Working closely with the camp's staff and a planning committee, CP&Associates provided the following services:

• Program Research and “Vision” Statement
• Site/Property/Building Survey, Evaluation and Needs Assessment
• As-built Site and Building Documentation
• Master Plan Development and Schedule
• Budget Cost Projections


CP&Associates was selected by the City of Lawrence and Parks & Recreation Department to design an addition to the existing East Lawrence Recreation Center and remodel the existing building. Working closely with a Building Committee composed of Parks & Recreation staff, neighborhood and community members, CP&A prepared multiple design schemes for a 12,000 SF building addition, a 6,000 SF remodel of the existing building and related site development including expanded parking. The process also included two public hearings to solicit community input before a final design was approved by the Building Committee.

The photograph above shows the new south-facing main entrance, the existing brick building on the right with new windows into a community meeting room, and the new full-size gymnasium on the left. Exterior building materials were selected based on a cost/benefit analysis, low maintenance and durability. Bright colors in glazed block were added around the entrance to impart a sense of “fun” and to respond to the many young users of the facility.

The generous entry plaza and roof canopy welcomes visitors and provides a gathering space as people come and go, wait for rides and enjoy the outdoors. In the left and right foreground, sculptural mosaic tile-covered concrete benches were installed as part of the City’s Percent for Art Program that applies to each new public building project. CP&A staff served on the committee to solicit, review and select artists’ proposals, which resulted in three (3) art installations being chosen for the ELRC. The other two art proposals were installed on the interior.





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Hines, a long time CP&A client and manager of a Class A multi-tenant high-rise office building, came to CP&A with a prospective tenant for a new Kansas City branch office.  HH&R, a law firm headquartered in New York City, needed the entire 20th floor and part of the 19th floor to accommodate up to 80 persons in an area of approximately 18,620 SF.

CP&A was selected for its familiarity with the building and quick responsiveness to HH&R under a very tight time design and construction schedule.  CP&A closely collaborated with HH&R to finalize design, permit and construction documents.  Working with pre-selected general and electrical subcontractors, construction bids were solicited and a short four-week construction schedule allowed HH&R to open on January 3, 2012.  CP&A provided finish material samples to facilitate final color selections by HH&R, and recommended a local office systems furniture company to specify and install the new workstations.

In the end, the finished space was a well conceived, collaborative effort where close communication yielded a high-quality result that accommodated HH&R’s space and operational needs, as well as their short time frame.


see Quality Hill 1983100 for project info.


see Quality Hill 1983100 for project info.


Quality Hill, an area west of downtown Kansas City, exhibited enormous potential for restoration into a residential and mixed-use neighborhood bordering the downtown business sector. The quality of historical building stock and remarkable terrain features enhanced the area's desirability for creative redevelopment.

A primary concern in the redevelopment strategy was improving the existing built environment and saving valuable portions of Kansas City's architectural and social heritage through rehabilitation of many existing buildings. CP&A played a significant role in not only structuring the redevelopment plan, but also in identifying and categorizing the extent of the historic district; outlining the redevelopment area limits; and proposing three redevelopment alternatives that combined residential, commercial, office and retail uses. These plans were used to promote Quality Hill as a viable redevelopment area, provide examples of what could be done, raise public and private awareness, and solicit legitimate ownership participation.


The Bulk Sample Preparation Lab’s design evolved from a unique collaboration between two multi-disciplinary teams coordinated and directed by CP&A, including scientists, architects, engineers and highly qualified contractors.  The new facility was designed to process potentially cancer-causing substances within the National Toxicology Program Standards, the Environmental Protection Agency Standards and the Department of Transportation of Hazardous Materials Handling Guidelines.

The most important design concept is that of the overall “barrier”, which must prevent classified or toxic materials from migrating through the “barrier” to the outside.  Glass, stainless steel and Teflon are the exclusive materials used in the lab construction to facilitate clean-up and minimize contamination potential.

All operations within the overall “barrier” are overseen from a control room where all the systems and activities within the “barrier” can be closely monitored.  It is a one-of-a-kind, highly specialized facility which pioneered new concepts in safety and program requirements for advanced toxicology research.



Within a prestigious 315-acre business park in Lenexa, Kansas, there was a 7-acre site dedicated to retail development at the intersection of 95th Street and Lackman Road.  CP&A worked with Kessinger/Hunter & Co., Inc. to design a 14,500 square foot multi-tenant shopping center as part of the overall retail site.

The cold-shell building was planned for up to eleven individual tenants.  Through the use of brick masonry, cast stone accents, standing seam copper roofing and north-facing clear glass storefronts, the shopping center presents an inviting yet durable appearance and maximizes the visibility into each lease space.

The design and material standards that were established for the shopping center were applied to the future retail buildings to be developed on pad sites within the Kansas Commerce Center.  This maintains a consistent quality and appearance to the overall retail development.  After the cold shell shopping center was completed, CP&A designed the improvements for two tenants; GEAR For Sports and Mr. Goodsense.


This turn-of-the-century stone mansion was remodeled to provide modern accommodations for a family of six. The original design did not provide an intimate family communal area. In the renovation, several rooms of the original kitchen area were incorporated into one large open kitchen/dining room. By removing walls, natural light and ventilation become welcome elements in the space.

The traditional style of the original house is respected in the overall remodel design while the kitchen is furnished with the most contemporary appliances and cabinetry. The colors and finishes were chosen to be reminiscent of the family’s second home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


This is where we will write the grand story for this project.


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This here Ozarks cabin sits nestled on a wooded hillside with a Zen like view of a glistening high Ozark muddy pound.  One can only wonder what is floating within the depths of those murky waters.  Perhaps you are better off not to wonder, but simply be amazed if anything is actually in there.

The hope of this project was to construct a starter cabin.  A place of comforting weekend long retreats that over the years could grow into more of a home for later life, when the occupants were ready to slow down, sit on the porch in a rocking chair and pull on a bottle of the regions best shine.

In retrospect the location was so divine, and the shine business so lucrative, that the owners moved quickly to grow the cabin and relocate their family into this remote mountain retreat far from the prying eyes of the government men.


Tom is having us do more G/E Remodels in 2011.


This project, a true labor of love in all respects, is one of the more unique experiences in CP&Associates catalog. Demonstrating the power of collaboration, this project resulted in a custom residence intended to better the life of a client living with a number of sensitivities to pollutants.

Integrity Building Group spent several years working with this client in betterment of their existing rural home before both Client and Builder recognized that starting from scratch was a better solution to deal with the Clients health issues. CP&A was brought in by Integrity to consult on the Clients initial program and this lead to a rewarding collaboration between CP&A, Integrity and the Client to craft a home suited to the Clients unique needs.

Through the process, CP&A along with Roger Halverstadt (Integrity Building Group), developed concepts, building systems and special protocols for dealing with materials. All of which were vetted by the Client before being used in the construction. The need for ‘testing’ lead to the decision to build a detached garage structure first to test on a full size model the construction means, methods and materials. This proved to be a smart step as many materials and design elements were modified for construction of the residence.


The James Farm Historic Site, approximately 40 acres in size, includes the James Farm House (1822-1978, multiple additions and changes), the James Farm Museum, parking and a black powder shooting range.  Descendents of the James family transferred ownership to Clay County in 1978.


The Puppetry Arts Institute was formed to preserve a private puppet collection and the history of the Hazelle, Inc. company, which manufactured puppet-related materials from 1932 to 1975.  It also promotes puppetry through entertainment and education for all ages.


Juan Caman asked CP&A to make a site visit to a recently acquired property for the purpose of reviewing his intended improvements, taking photographs, and gathering enough on-site information to offer a proposal for professional services.  The scope of services was limited to providing basic plans, sections and other necessary drawings for the purpose of obtaining a building permit from the City of Weatherby Lake for an addition and remodel of the residence.

Juan's proposed plan was as follows. Upstairs Loft; add a second room to the existing bed room making it a suite and enclose the west half of the loft creating a nursery.  First Floor; renovate the kitchen with new layout and all new casework, build an addition capturing the space over the basement where the outside (Lake side) deck is, thereby creating a new living room.  Downstairs Basement; add two bed rooms along south side, remodel west side (with lake views) as an entertainment area and convert space underneath garage to a media room.

Beyond the more intensive remodel work the project scope included new floors and wall finishes throughout the residence.

After visiting the site, photographing and sketching layouts for the addition and renovation the project never got off the ground.  Juan found an architect willing to take the work pro-Bono.


The Cassville, Missouri Casey's was a quick turn-around of prototypical 'O' store layout.  Casey's in-house staff had previously submitted documents not knowing that seals and signatures would be required for permitting.  CP&A complied with this request and turned out a set of documents quite quickly,


After assisting Casey's with changes CP&Associates and asked us to prepare and submit a full set of construction documents for a standard 'O' store to the City of Berryville, Arkansas for a new site in that that town.  There were no deviations for the standard document set and no civil engineering required for the project.  Site plan development was handled internally at Casey's Headquarters in Ankeny, Iowa





Casey's contacted CP&Associates and asked us to prepare and submit a full set of construction documents for a standard 'O' store to the City of Berryville, Arkansas for a new site in that that town.  There were no deviations for the standard document set and no civil engineering required for the project.  Site plan development was handled internally at Casey's Headquarters in Ankeny, Iowa.




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Casey's General Stores had a long-standing presence in downtown Peculiar, Missouri, and with that came a strong and loyal following from the local residents.   Just a mile away however, another opportunity existed, the Peculiar interchange for US-71 Highway.   A piece of property on the northeast corner of this interchange became available following a re-zoning to commercial and the interest of the owner of the property to sell.

The challenge was in the fact that this property sloped away from the intersection just east of the highway, was irregularly shaped, and barely deep enough to allow for construction of the store building and gas pumps.   Casey's new that this location would make a good profit however, and CP&Associates and our team stepped up to the challenge and helped make this a reality for Casey's General Stores.


Casey's General Stores had a long and prosperous business in downtown Peculiar, Missouri .  In fact business was so good that they needed a larger, more modern facility, to better serve their local customers.  Unfortunately there were no other properties within a close enough proximity to this location for Casey's to build a new store before demolishing or selling the existing facility.

Fortunately, just over a mile away was the Peculiar interchange on US-71 highway.  A vacant commercial property on the northeast corner of that interchange allowed Casey's an opportunity to build a second store in Peculiar that would serve highway motorists and their local customers while the new store was under construction.

Immediately following construction on the US-71 Casey's, the existing store in downtown was demolished and a new modern 'G' store constructed on the same site.  The local customers were slightly inconvenienced for a few months in 2005, and now their new store serves both them and Casey's well.




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