Butler headquarters earns its star

    Butler Manufacturing’s 152,000-square-foot administrative and engineering center and headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., has received Energy Star Certification.
    Butler Manufacturing developed the two-story building in 2001 a short distance north of Kemper Arena and within a six-acre site of the former stockyards in the redeveloping West Bottoms District. In addition to meeting the company’s operational needs, the structure’s contemporary character showcases many of the building systems that Butler supplies to non-residential building programs. In this role, the building has been an effective means of demonstrating the company’s products in the high-end office building market. The comfortable work environment also encourages work group interaction, creativity and cooperation.
    The building plan subdivides into a two-wing complex linked by a central “town square” consisting of a large atrium lobby, visitor reception station and cafeteria. Every employee passes through the atrium daily upon arrival or departure or at lunch. Others move through the atrium or across an open sky bridge overlooking it at the second level when moving between the two wings. This inherently reinforces a sense of community among the company’s associates.
    The facility also serves as the North American Headquarters for BlueScope Steel, Ltd., the parent company of Butler Manufacturing.
    JE Dunn Construction served as the contractor for the design/build team, with CDFM2 Architecture, as architects, and Lankford & Associates responsible for mechanical, plumbing and electrical engineering.                                                   

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