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Children’s Mercy announces $150 million in gifts to build KC research tower

The vision for a new Children’s Mercy tower on the Kansas City skyline will become a reality thanks to a fundraising haul led by two charitable foundations. On Thursday, the Hall Family Foundation and the Sunderland Foundation announced a combined donation of $150 million to launch construction and recruitment for a $200 million tower at the hospital.

Children’s Mercy already has a strong roster of research talent between its center for pediatric genomic medicine and clinical pharmacology programs. The new tower will host a total of 3,000 employees — about 15 times its current research staff.

The Hall Family Foundation launched the philanthropic effort with an initial donation of $75 million to recruit top researchers to Children’s Mercy. The Sunderland Foundation, which stems from the founding family of Ash Grove Cement Co., made its $75 million commitment for construction of the building soon after.

BSA LifeStructures designed the tower and McCownGordon Construction LLC will be the general contractor.

Read more: Kansas City Business Journal

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