Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

The Kauffman Center features two large performance halls with massive steel substructures. A giant foyer is created by an elaborate glazed tension structure which anchors to the halls and then forms a tent tensioned over wall columns. The foyer structure features multiple Novum Systems – architectural steel, tension rods and cables. Similarly, the glazing uses edge, point and corner supported glass showing the power of system integration. The incredible lightweight structure is one of the most complex in the country.

Location: Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Size: 55,200 sq ft / 5,130 sq m

Systems Used: Architecturally Exposed Steel, Tension Rod, Tension Cable, Point Supported Glass, Edge Clamped Glass, Corner Clamped Glass

Architect: Safdie Architects

General Contractor: JE Dunn Construction Group

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