TWA Building

Launching midwestern intersteller aspiration through building renovation

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The project was an exercise in balancing accepted historical preservation practices while seeking to engage contemporary environmental design issues. Designed to be the home of a large advertising firm, the TWA Building features state of the art office space served by an under floor HVAC and data distribution system, energy efficient traction elevators and window systems, abundant natural light, improved vertical circulation and a recrafted “Moonliner” rocket. The rooftop terrace is designed to address a range of environmental design issues. One of the largest planted roofs (25,000 square feet) in the region, the TWA roof features fields of native grasses and wildflowers as well as an outdoor deck area. These elements not only help to control runoff and reduce impermeable surface area, but provide a welcoming and natural environment for workers to enjoy.
  • 2006
  • Architect
  • Kansas City, MO
  • 135,000 SF


  • TWA Lofts LLC

Eldo Team

  • Principal: David Dowell, AIA
  • Project Manager: Steve Salzer, AIA
  • Project Architect: Chris Burk


  • Contractor: Harris Construction
  • Structural / Civil Engineer: Norton & Schmidt
  • MEP: Lankford & Fendler
  • Code Consulting: Jeff Boyle


  • 2008 Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities - Green Roof Excellence Award
  • 2008 National Trust for Historic Preservation - National Preservation Honor Award
  • 2008 AIA Central States Region Design Awards - Honor Award
  • 2008 Missouri Preservation Honor Awards - Preservation Missouri Award
  • 2007 AIA Kansas City Design Excellence Awards - Merit Award
  • 2007 AIA Kansas City Young Architects Forum - Honor Award
  • 2007 Kansas City Economic Development Corp. - Cornerstone Award
  • 2006 AIA Kansas City Design Excellence Awards - Architectural Excellence in Retrospect Award


Photography By

  • Mike Sinclair


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