Kansas City, Missouri, USA
The design of 18Broadway transformed
reducing the impact on Kansas Cityâ€™s
volunteers, including many HOK staff, the
a vacant lot in downtown Kansas City into
combined sanitary-storm sewer system.
gardens produce more than three tons of
an innovative demonstration project for
Water is redirected to underground storage
edibles annually. All produce is donated to a
sustainable urban development.
cisterns for UV treatment. The pervious site
local food bank.
perimeter captures stormwater runoff from Though the site has long-term potential to
adjacent streets and roofs, filters it through
Often toured by state, municipal and
accommodate mixed-use development,
bioswales and stores the water for irrigation.
community groups, 18Broadway serves as
property owner DST Systems wanted to
a sustainable development model for public-
explore ideas for converting this transitional
The net zero energy site has grid-tied,
land into a productive, beautiful neighborhood
photovoltaic solar panels that offset the pump
amenity. The design creates an environmental
power used to irrigate the extensive gardens.
showcase for scalable ideas about integrated
A low-velocity wind turbine powers the LED
stormwater management, urban agriculture,
renewable energy and public space. The site includes rain gardens, container
The stormwater capture and biofiltration
beds and demonstration gardens, an orchard
system collects, cleans and stores up to
and more than 100 high-production raised
89,000 gallons of stormwater at a time,
vegetable beds. Tended by local business
2016 design annual
1.4 acres / 0.6 hectares
HOK’s 2016 Design Annual highlights projects ranging in scale from community gardens to supertall buildings.