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Architect's rendering of the future Kauffman Center.

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is a performing arts center currently under construction in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, USA at 16th and Broadway near the Power & Light District, the Sprint Center and the Crossroads Arts District. It is part of the ongoing redevelopment of downtown Kansas City.

The Center was created as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Unlike some other major civic construction projects, no taxpayer funds have gone into its construction.[1] The City of Kansas City has, however, pledged to build and operate a parking garage at the Center.[1]

Once completed, it will be home to the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Ballet which are currently housed eight blocks north of the center at the Lyric Theatre (Kansas City, Missouri)



Ground was broken on October 6, 2006 and the Kauffman Center will open in Fall 2011.[1] The Center itself is an approximately 285,000 square foot (26,500 m2) facility with two state-of-the-art performance venues: an 1,800-seat Proscenium Theatre and an 1,600-seat Concert Hall. The Kauffman Center will cover 13 acres (53,000 m2), including landscaped grounds over a 1,000 space underground parking garage.[1] The technical requirements and exacting standards required of a facility like the Kauffman Center make it one of the most complex structures in the world to design and build. The cost of the project is approximately $413 million which includes a $40 million operating endowment.[2]



The Kauffman Center was designed by lead architect Moshe Safdie,[3] acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota,[4] theater consultant Richard Pilbrow, and engineering firm Arup.[5] Local firm BNIM is the executive architect.


The structure of the Kauffman Center is formed by a series of undulating vertical segments of a circle, forming the northern container of the Proscenium Theatre's backstage, and Concert Hall. They form an ascending, segmented, gently curving, crown to the building. From the crest, the roof descends in a curve following the geometry of a torus of light cables, metal and glass structure toward the South. The tensile forces of the suspended glass roof of the foyer are counteracted by a series of cables tying down the structure to anchors at the entrance terrace. The curved, segmented northern walls are sheathed with stainless steel and punctuated by perpendicular, acid-etched, limestone-colored, pre-cast concrete walls. The theater facades are sheathed with beechwood panels forming continuous, curved, stacked balconies. The various lounges form sculptural shapes visible under the glass foyer structure.

Performance and other facilities

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will house two performance halls:[1]

The Proscenium Theatre
The Concert Hall

The two venues will be joined by the Grand Lobby with an expansive view open to the South. The lobby will be used by patrons on performance nights and will also be available for special events held at the Kauffman Center.

See also

External links


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Visit KC - Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
  2. ^ Kansas City Star - Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts within budget, but at least two years before occupancy
  3. ^ Moshe Safdie & Associates
  4. ^ Nagata Acoustics
  5. ^ Arup
  6. ^ "The Son of All Pipe Organs," Kansas City Star, May 20, 2007


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