Avenue 80 Exterior in Overland Park, Kansas designed by NSPJ Architects and Landscape Architects

NSPJ Wins 2018 Capstone Award for Avenue 80

We are thrilled to again be among the Kansas City Business Journal Capstone award winners. Our project, Avenue 80, located in downtown Overland Park, Kansas, was honored as one of twenty-six 2018 Capstone awards for “enhancing the Kansas City area.” One of only two mixed use projects to win the award, Avenue 80 was shaped by Overland Park’s 2008 “Vision Metcalf Plan” and Form Based code that “puts more emphasis on providing a mixture of land uses in close proximity and focuses on making places more pedestrian friendly by increasing the public realm, which includes such elements as, plazas, parks, and sidewalks.”

The development of Avenue 80 makes significant progress toward the Overland Park’s goal of “combining new jobs and economic opportunities with an infusion of new residential units and mixed-use commercial buildings, improved landscaping and streets [to] create an environment that will enhance not only the Metcalf Corridor but the entire City of Overland Park.” By increasing façade articulation and incorporating a palette of building materials that relate to the commercial and residential context of the surrounding few blocks, we were able to provide a future home to businesses and residents that fits into the setting of historical downtown Overland Park and Metcalf Corridor’s new urbanism vision.

“It was fun to work with EPC Real Estate to bring modern luxury outdoor spaces to the apartment users, retail tenants, and office users. In keeping with the Vision Metcalf goals, we worked diligently to maximize the site and create pedestrian connections to Metcalf and downtown Overland Park. Landscaping was used to soften the architecture and provide pedestrian comfort and scale.” – Katie Martinovic, Landscape Architect for Avenue 80

“I feel very lucky to have been part of a project that weaves itself into the fabric of downtown Overland Park, increasing density without loss of any creature comfort. Avenue 80 will add a great deal of economic stimulus and increased community connections to the already vibrant area shops, restaurants and beloved farmer’s market. Receiving a Capstone is a bonus.” – Laura Herron, Project Architect for Avenue 80

“It is always an honor to receive a Capstone Award. It is a testament to how well the project team worked together. EPC Real Estate, NSPJ Architects and HarenLaughlin Construction were able to execute a successful project that will improve the lives of people for years to come, and we’re all very proud of that.” – Bill Prelogar, Principal Architect for Avenue 80

NSPJ provided both architecture and landscape architecture services from design inception through construction administration.

The Capstone Awards will be presented at a ceremony from 5-7 pm on March 28, 2018, at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center. For more information you can contact the Kansas City Business Journal.

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