The Federal Reserve Bank stands tall in front of a blue sky.

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Strengthening the security infrastructure

Project Facts

Location Kansas City, Missouri
Owner Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Size 618,000 SF
Cost $208.3 million
Status Completed 2008


Kansas City relocated its Federal Reserve Bank to a new, strategically positioned building. Situated adjacent to the historic Union Hill district, this modern facility commands a prominent hillside position just south of the iconic National World War I Museum and Memorial.

Two statues are in front of the entrance to the Federal Reserve Bank.

About the project

Our team brought together experts from several engineering specialties to provide integrated design services for the Federal Reserve Bank project. Approximately half of the square footage was devoted to production and support functions for cash operations and the data center. Functional areas included the lobby and educational exhibits, a conference center, training rooms, and employee amenities like dining and fitness facilities.

The design for this large and complex facility demanded all aspects of secure design expertise. The site layout was optimized for blast protection, and engineered ram-resistant barriers were incorporated efficiently and aesthetically into the landscape plan. Granite and limestone cladding systems, as are the tower’s window systems, are blast-resistant. Blast and ballistic protection were incorporated into the extensive lobby curtain-wall system, where requirements include GSA Level D blast loads and UL Level 3 ballistic protection. The project included the conceptual development of site perimeter security structures, blast analysis and component recommendations for glazing and building cladding, forced entry analysis, and ballistic protection concepts for the building envelope and internal partitions.

The garage was designed to handle the client’s needs while offering an efficient, cost-effective place to park by utilizing a double-zero traffic flow to improve both driver and pedestrian wayfinding. All vehicles enter the garage on the third level and have a maximum of two levels to travel up or down to find a parking spot.