Children’s Mercy seeks approval for new research tower

The Kansas City Plan Commission on Tuesday is scheduled to consider a development plan that would allow Children’s Mercy to add a nine-story research tower to its Hospital Hill campus.

A hospital spokeswoman said the tower would support the Children’s Research Institute the hospital established in 2015 to coordinate and expand its research portfolio. She said an official announcement about the project is coming next month.

Designed by BSA LifeStructures, the building will be constructed above an existing eight-level parking garage with four above-grade floors. It will adjoin an existing research tower to the south.

Kansas City-based McCownGordon Construction LLC is the general contractor for the project, which will be just south of Hospital Hill Park.

On Nov. 7, Kansas City voters passed a ballot question paving the way for the new research tower. The vote authorized the city to remove about a half-acre near 23rd and Locust streets from the city’s park system.

All nine floors of the building, which will total 398,512 square feet, will be used for office and research-related uses, the report states.

Read more: Kansas City Business Journal, Kansas City Star

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