Kansas City

Women Construction Owners & Executives, Kansas City approved first Board of Directors for the KC Chapter


WCOE KC is pleased to announce the new Board of Directors for the newly formed Kansas City chapter. The slate for the Board of Directors was approved by the majority of the members of the Women Construction Owners & Executives, Kansas City chapter.

The new Board of Directors are:

  • President: Lisa Garney, President/Owner of LMG Construction
  • Vice President: Elisabeth DeCoursey, President/Co-Owner of KC Testing & Engineering
  • Secretary: Ashley Tumberger, President of Premier Mechanical Products LLC
  • Treasurer: Julie Farrell, President/Owner of Regents Flooring
  • Director At Large: Susan Remington, President/Owner of Pro-Mechanical LLC

In addition to the Board of Directors, WCOE KC would like to recognize two of its’ local members to the National Board of Women Construction Owners & Executives, USA. Dianna Richardson, President of Richardson Hauling has been appointed as the Central Region Director. Sheila Ohrenberg, President of Sorella Group Inc will be inducted as the National President on March 4th at the 2019 Women Build America Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.

WCOE, USA is a National Association committed to helping women in the construction industry grow and prosper. Founded over 35 years ago on the purpose of assisting women in executive positions, providing resources to enhance professional development, and creating a legislative network to monitor and pursue legislation advantageous to the industry.

For more information on getting involved with WCOE KC, visit their website at www.wcoekc.org and follow them on social media.


HOK-Designed ARTerra Residential Tower Breaks Ground in Kansas City


12-story building will complement culture and diversity of city’s vibrant Crossroads Art District.

The Crossroads Arts District, known for its galleries, boutiques and signature restaurants, will soon be home to one of Kansas City’s marquee urban residences. Developers Altus Properties and Copaken Brooks recently broke ground on ARTerra, a 126-unit residential tower designed to reflect the creativity and individuality of the Crossroads. HOK is leading the architectural design for ARTerra-the Crossroads’ first-ever apartment high-rise. JE Dunn is serving as contractor.

When it opens in late 2018, ARTerra will total more than 200,000 square feet, with 126 units consisting of a mix of studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

Located at 21st and Wyandotte, ARTerra features design elements that will make the building immediately recognizable both within the neighborhood and beyond. A social lounge on ARTerra’s rooftop offers residents and guests unobstructed views of downtown Kansas City and surrounding districts. At night, the glass lounge glows like a lantern, distinguishing ARTerra within the cityscape.

At street level, ARTerra’s glass-walled lobby and 2,000 square feet of retail space serve as a counterbalance to the rooftop lounge and engagement point for residents, guests and passersby. An outdoor pool and a terrace on the roof of ARTerra’s attached parking garage provide views of historic Union Station and the National World War I Memorial and Museum.

“We wanted ARTerra to respond to both the city skyline and the neighborhood streets,” said Jonathan Wirth, senior project designer at HOK’s St. Louis studio. “We anchored the building’s amenities-pool, retail spaces, lobby-to engage Wyandotte Street to fit within the Crossroads’ urban fabric, while the social lounge hovers above as a beacon in the Kansas City skyline.”
Staggered balconies create a playful dappled pattern along ARTerra’s north facade. Perforated and solid metal panels provide the building’s east and west exteriors with a sleek, varied texture.

“HOK is thrilled to be working on this transformative project just a few steps from our office,” said Chris DeVolder, managing principal of HOK’s Kansas City studio. “Altus and Copaken Brooks have an exciting vision for the Crossroads District, and we are proud to be helping them bring that vision to life.”

“HOK’s design team consistently delivers great design with great value for our projects,” added Josh Udelhofen, Altus’ managing director of development. “Their attention to detail on unit design and amenities actually improved our pro-forma projections while creating what will certainly be a signature building within the Crossroads District”

ARTerra is the first building in Kansas City to be built using the Prescient(r) structural system, a prefabricated steel framing structure that reduces framing time and costs.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, including St. Louis and Kansas City, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.