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Uptown Exterior 1.jpgIn July 2002, the Berger Group welcomed to our family Devine deFlon Yaeger, Inc. (DdY), a leading Kansas City, MO, A/E firm. The practice will be known as Berger Devine Yaeger (BDY)

Founded in 1973, BDY's architectural commissions have included widely acclaimed and award-winning educational complexes, and sports, entertainment, commercial and corporate facilities.

Uptown Theatre Building/BDY Offices

Kansas City, MO
BDY's continued commitment to the preservation of historic structures is evidenced by the firm's 1997 move into new, expanded offices in Kansas City's historic Uptown Theater Building. This 1920's structure is on the National Register of Historic Buildings.

Uptown Interior 1.jpgBDY's renovation included removal of a portion of the existing floor to open a space from the third floor into the dome. This centerpiece space is utilized for the firm's library and serves as an interesting space for client presentations and meetings. The renovated structure includes two large conference rooms, private offices, library, architectural work stations, administration areas and a kitchen.

Other historic building renovation and restoration projects include the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the Sophian Plaza and the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.

2000 Olympic Arena

Sydney, Australia
As part of the Millennium Consortium, BDY designed the award-winning indoor arena for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, in association with Cox Richardson Architects of Australia.

SYDNEY_EXT_01.jpgThe arena hosted gymnastics and basketball during the 2000 Olympics, and has subsequently been host to a wide variety of events including the indoor competition for the 2000 Paralympic Games. The facility seats 15,000 spectators for Olympic-type events and up to 20,000 for concerts and other activities.

The arena is situated at the northern end of Olympic Boulevard which is located in the Homebush Bay precinct of Sydney and served as the principal venue for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The building is framed by a coronet of masts as part of the tension cable-supported roof, designed to provide the building with a unique international identity.

Sprint Corporation World Headquarters

Overland Park, KS
In association with the Hillier Group and four other Kansas City architectural firms, BDY is providing architectural services for the new World Headquarters Campus for Sprint Corporation.
The campus encompasses four million square feet of space, including conference centers; a corporate auditorium; food service venues; retail shops; data centers; technology, safety and security command centers; and a product development laboratory.

SPRIN~MV.jpgThe 192-acre site includes, as one would expect for Sprint's World Headquarters, cutting-edge technology and information systems. In addition to the office buildings, the campus includes support facilities for central services and utilities, a fitness center and 16 parking garages. At a construction cost of over $900 million, the project, according to the Engineering News-Record, was the largest single building construction project in the United States at that time.

With more than 20 professionals involved in every facet of the project from development of site layout and establishment of building shell designs, to interior design planning and details, BDY has worked on this widely acclaimed project since conception.

Guinotte Manor

Kansas City, MO
Guinotte Manor, located in Kansas City's historic Columbus Park and convenient to all urban amenities, has served for decades as a beacon, first home and melting pot for the city's recent arrivals. Following then-popular public housing practices, the site originally incorporated 58 barrack-style housing units containing 412 apartments. BDY, working closely with the Kansas City Housing Authority, the historic district residents and other concerned public and private organizations over a 12-month period, prepared detailed designs for a new complex, including floor plans and new site playgrounds and other amenity needs.

GUINOTTE EXT 5.jpgFollowing the detailed studies, the BDY team prepared an innovative design replacing the 412 units with 219 units, reducing the density by nearly 50 percent, and replacing the balance with 193 apartments on other scattered sites throughout the city. The new design carefully focused on the residents as the primary concern, including community fabric; and health, wellness, and safety and security matters. Among the innovations was the placement of buildings close to the street and sidewalk, allowing the front porches and yards to provide daily social interaction between the residents. Sixteen of the new units were also designed for mobility-impaired individuals and wheelchair accessibility. In addition to the residential units, the new facilities included a community service center with meeting rooms, kitchens and offices. The complex is conveniently located near the Division of Family Services, a family support service and a Boys and Girls Club, as well as public transportation.

This $28 million multi-family project, one of the first Hope VI projects, was made possible by an innovative mix of federal grants and city/private funding.

BDY has also designed over 5,000 units of multi-family housing and is currently working on Northgate Seniors apartments; and converting 909 Walnut, a 33-story office building in Kansas City, into residential facilities.

Station Casino

KC STATION EXT 2.jpgKansas City, MO
The $350 million Station Casino in Kansas City includes two floating casinos, a 220-room luxury hotel and 250,000 square feet of land-based restaurant and retail facilities. Future expansion plans include two additional gaming vessels, 1,000 additional hotel rooms, and 300,000 square feet of retail, entertainment and restaurant facilities.

A turn-of-the-century "railroad station" motif is the prevalent design theme of the complex, including a 175-foot tall Porte Cochere and Clock Tower, a particularly striking design element. The 158-acre site includes parking for 5,000 cars and is designed to allow for expansion of structured parking facilities.

BDY is the architect of record for all land-based entertainment facilities, including nine food service venues, two large specialty restaurants, ticketing and boarding facilities, hotel reception and administrative office space.

Design and construction was completed in approximately 18 months. This demanding schedule was met through careful coordination of design packages between BDY, the owner and
the contractor.

BDY has also designed a number of other outstanding gaming and entertainment facilities, including the $151 million Ameristar Casino in St. Charles and the Mark Twain Casino in LaGrange, MO; the $51 million Lakeside Resort and Casino in Osceola, Iowa; and the Whitecloud Casino in Whitecloud, KS.

Raj Mall Multiplex

Surat, India
In recent years, raj-nite2.jpgIndia has enthusiastically joined the growing global economy and entered a period of accelerated economic growth. The Raj Multiplex Cinema is a modern, seven-story, 99,100 square-foot family entertainment center in Surat. The BDY-designed facility houses six stadium-style theaters seating 2,200; a 36,000 square-foot retail area; and an 18,000 square-foot area for general entertainment, video games and food court. The theme of contemporary design and overall aesthetics, especially in the selection of construction materials and lighting was critical to ensure consumer acceptance. The BDY state-of-the-art design also met the latest international standards for cinematic operations.

BDY has also designed the Riva Mall in Surat, the renovation of the Satyaktu Hotel and is currently working on the Davanam Square Center and a multiplex/shopping center in Jaipur.

H.H.H. Metrodome Stadium Minneapolis, MN

BDY has served as consulting design architect to the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission since 1995, undertaking a variety of projects, including a comprehensive METRODOME EXT DAY.jpgImprovement Master Plan for the stadium to meet the needs of the baseball Twins, football Vikings and University of Minnesota Gophers; the design of Festival Plaza for pre- and post-game activities along Chicago Street west of the 42,000-seat stadium; an Expansion Plan for the existing public area; renovations for the new sound system and a service level interview/rest area.

Other recent sports facilities include the 5,000-seat Allen Arena at Lipscomb University, the 7,500-seat Yeager Stadium Renovation at Washburn University, the new 5,000-seat University of Minnesota Baseball Stadium and the 12,000-seat Dakota Dome renovation at the University of South Dakota.

The National Stadium

Dublin, Ireland
BDY was commissioned, in association with Scott Tallon Walker, to provide DUBLIN1.jpgconceptual design and programming for a new National Stadium for Ireland to be built at a 220-acre site at Abbotstown in west Dublin. The state-of-the-art stadium, seating 80,000 spectators with 100 private suites and 6,800 club seats, would replace the Lansdowne Road ground, the world's oldest international rugby ground. Optional designs included an open-air facility, operable dome and closed-dome facility. The Stadium would anchor a National Sports Institute Campus and provide a venue for soccer, rugby and Gaelic football, as well as concerts and shows.

BDY has also worked on a number of other international sports complexes, including the new Club Level and restaurant facilities for London's Wembley Stadium, the National Tennis Center of Canada in Toronto, and Ballymore/QRU Stadium Renovation in Brisbane, Australia.



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