A Little Help for Our Friends


PGAV Architects is thrilled to help out our friends in the Destinations practice with a year-long, $3.2m renovation of their studio in Downtown St. Louis. The project has nearly doubled the space, creating a dynamic two-floor environment that features fun and thematic collaborative areas, all with fantastic views of the St. Louis region.

The PGAV team began by surveying all current staff to gather input about what they’d like to see in the renovated space. A small, internal task force was comprised of designers, architects, IT professionals, and HR representatives of varying ages and outlooks and provided diverse thinking for the redesign.

Generally separated into guest spaces and the studio, the new conference rooms were named after elements of the firm’s various hallmark projects – like Space Shuttle and The Veldt – prompting storytelling opportunities and hearty spurts of creativity, explained Howard. Frosted glass and wall art throughout the office illustrate zoo habitats and famed roller coasters, while local artist Phil Jarvis was commissioned to hand-paint key PGAV slogans and designs throughout the new spaces. Bryan Haynes’ beautiful lobby murals maintain their place in the lobby.


Essential to the 2018 renovation is a long-term vision for growth, which a large, open, ready-for-move-in space supports. Throughout the themed and refreshed meeting spaces – each with its own unique design, intentionally like PGAV’s attraction work – a story evolves of PGAV’s heritage, a celebration of its practice today, and where it’s headed in the future.

For an inside-look into PGAV’s renovation process, watch their Facebook Live series to explore these new spaces in-depth.

UMKC SCE Building Breaks Ground


Students flew drones above and demonstrated robotics around steel bridges and racing buggies outside of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Student Union Theater. These prize-winning innovations gave guests just a glimpse of the talent that comes out of the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering as they filed into the theater to celebrate the long-awaited groundbreaking Sept. 20 of the school’s new research and laboratory building.

The name of the new $32 million building was revealed at the event: The Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise and Research Center.

The 57,800-square-foot building will provide leading-edge, high-tech research and development capabilities for both the campus and the Kansas City community at large. As home to the campus’ Free Enterprise Center, a maker space with industry grade equipment available for anyone to use, this building will serve a much broader audience than just the UMKC community when it opens in 2020.

Construction of the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise and Research Center will begin immediately. The technical consultant team on the project is PGAV Architects, Odimo, Branch Pattern, KH Engineering Group and SK Design. The design-build team is Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, HOK, Ross & Baruzzini, Antella Engineering Consultants, Alper Audi Inc., Taliaferro and Browne Inc. and Colin Gordon Associates.

The anticipate completion date of the new building is Spring 2020.

Skyes-Lady Clubhouse featured in Tee Times Magazine


Kansas City's busiest golf course is about to get a whole lot better and local golfers are starting to get excited. Tee Times Magazine is featuring Sykes-Lady in Overland Park in this month's Issue.

With a planned opening of June 2019, the new Sykes-Lady Clubhouse will provide modern amenities and expanded services. It will be built with stacked limestone on two levels and feature an attractive clock tower. The top level will include a pro shop, office, full-service restaurant with an indoor/outdoor bar, league conference room, an enclosable room with a fireplace and a tournament patio area.

KCBJ Features PGAV's Westin Hotel Renovation


The Kansas City Business Journal has featured PGAV's renovation of the Westin Hotel at Crown Center. Collaborating with SA Dezign Studio, PGAV Architects adapted the initial model room design scheme over seven distinct room types and suites since many of the rooms had unusual floor plans with unique furniture arrangements. The design also updated the twenty year-old aesthetics while the new furniture supported the connectivity and power needs of the modern traveler. The entire 722 room renovation included standard rooms, suites, and meeting rooms on 14 floors, conversion of existing rooms to ADA rooms, and 85 shower conversion rooms on the top two floors of the hotel.

Stingray Bay is a Splashing Good Time


Kansas City Zoo's newest attraction has opened to the public. The PGAV designed Stingray Bay is a state-of-the-art interactive exhibit allowing guests to get hands on with rays and sharks. The touch tank contains 20,000 gallons of water and built at a height that provides access to everyone. The center of the pool is deeper, so animals that choose not to be touched have a place to rest. 

Guests have the opportunity to dip their hands into a shallow pool and discover the unique texture and movement of two species of stingrays – 20 cownose rays and eight southern stingrays. In addition to stingrays, the tank is also home to a dozen of the smallest species of sharks, whitespotted bamboo sharks.


Congratulations to the Kansas City Zoo, and the Jackson and Clay County residents.

Lenexa Civic Campus wins Capstone Award


The Lenexa Civic Campus has won a Community Impact award in the Kansas City Business Journal's Capstone Awards. Honorees were chosen by a panel of judges who looked at many factors, including project size, community impact and innovation when selecting the honorees.

Winners were selected in the following categories: adaptive re-use, architectural design, community impact, industrial, infrastructure, mixed-use, multifamily, office and retail. To be honored, each project had to be move-in ready by the end of 2017.