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Kansas City Live!

Iconic transformation revives district

Project Facts

Location Kansas City, Missouri
Owner The Cordish Company
Size 425,000 SF
Cost $330 million
Status Completed 2007


This dynamic and sprawling mixed-use retail, entertainment, office, and residential district takes up one full city block of the nine-block Kansas City Power & Light District. The Walter P Moore team played an integral role in this massive transformation, including the demolition of numerous buildings and the renovation of two historic theaters. Kansas City Live! is now considered to be the Midwest’s premier entertainment destination. It garnered national attention for World Cup watch parties in 2010 and 2014 and was heavily featured on Fox during the 2014 and 2015 World Series when Fox Sports Kansas City broadcast live from the stage

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About the project

To accommodate the high-capacity events drawn in by this premier development, our experienced team performed several structural option studies, ultimately opting for the use of precast, pre-stressed concrete bridge girders. This economical option provides the capacity to support the two-story building and meets vibration limitations.

The demolition of numerous buildings was required to make space for the new entertainment district, and Walter P Moore assisted in the preparation of drawings and specifications for the removal of several of these buildings as well as coordinating the demolition process. Our Diagnostics Group also performed studies and tailored customized design solutions to preserve and renovate two historic theaters.

Devoted to live music and entertainment, the iconic Kansas City Live! complex features two levels of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, and a full-concert stage where premiere musicians perform. The heart of the development is its covered outdoor plaza, which hosts dozens of concerts each year. This transformative project has delivered an entertainment gem to Kansas City residents and created a driver for increased tourism to the area.