Category: Repair / Rehabilitation
Location: Kansas City, MO
Size: 58,500 sq. ft.
Masonry Used: 17,500 bricks, 134,000 sq. ft.brick and terra cotta, 286 pieces of terra cotta, and removed/158,000 LF brick joints.

  • Submitted by: JE Dunn Construction

    Project Description

    The Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity is in what was once the power plant for some of the most famous buildings in Kansas City. Built sometime around 1915, the Union Station Powerhouse supplied power to Union Station, Liberty Memorial, Adams Dairy and the original Kansas City Post Office. This load bearing brick building contained several boilers, power generation equipment and a large gantry crane that ran the length of the building. Abandoned in the 1970's the building has sat vacant for the last 30 years, until it was recently brought back to life by the Kansas City Ballet.

    The masonry repair on the building entailed three major items. The first and most time consuming was 100% tuck-point of the exterior. Originally installed with a raked joint, the building was pointed with improper material and improper procedures. Every joint on the exterior of the building was raked and pointed with proper mortar and with proper procedures. The second phase of the repair was to rebuild the chimney and to correct the terra cotta cap. After years of neglect, both the chimney and terra cotta required extensive repair and in some cases replacement pieces were used. The final repair item was to clean and seal the interior and exterior of the building. 17,500 bricks were removed and replaced, 134,000 SQ. FT. of brick and terra cotta was cleaned and sealed, 286 pieces of terra cotta were removed and replaced and 158,000 LF of brick joints were ground out and replaced.

    The Union Station Powerhouse once stood as a symbol of growth of Kansas City. Today, thanks to the hard work and dedication of many skilled craftsmen, it can once again be a symbol of a city on the rise.

    Project Participants

    Owner: Kevin Amey, Kansas City Ballet

  • Architect/Desinger: Rick Schladweiler, BNIM Architects
  • Structural Engineer: Rich McGuire, Structural Engineering Associates
  • General Contractor: Chris Cole, JE Dunn Construction
  • Masonry Contractor: Chris Cole, JE Dunn Construction
  • Masonry Supplier: Jim Schmidt, Midwest Block and Brick