Fire Station Planning: To Renovate or To Replace?


                              At the forefront of most Fire Department’s planning, when it comes to current station assessment, is the question of whether to renovate or to

Case Studies: Helping Meet Project Challenges

Budgets of state, county and local agencies continue to face an array of challenges. Leaders grapple with pension obligations, retaining quality staff, reduced revenue, greater demand for public services and increased competition for federal dollars. These demands have resulted

Barber Shop is One Small Step for Progress in KCK

Sometimes progress comes in small steps. One such small step is the recent opening of Jose’s World Wide Barbershop at 537 Central. The 1,300-square-foot family-owned barbershop and salon gives new life to a down-on-its-luck building. WSKF Architects principal John

On Street Parking – Creating There There.

Multifamliy architecture at CityView

  There is a huge difference between living on a street and living on a parking lot. It is that simple.  When built in 200 plus unit apartment projects, multifamily housing projects can quickly become brutal in their lack of a

Living Over the Garage – Carriage house made new

Breezeway at Carriage House Apartment Building Courtyard side

    Multifamily housing rarely sees anything new but more common is that ideas are lost and then found again. The design at CityView in North Kansas City, Missouri, looked to renew or find many lost ideas and update

Roadside Architecture in KC

Roadside Architecture rendering of Gomers

  Roadside Architecture is rare in Kansas City even more rare is New Roadside architecture. The Gomer’s Wine and Liquor Store franchise has a long history in Kansas City and when the existing store was slated to be torn

Renovations Bring New Life to old Hotel

After- Candelero Hotel, Humacao Puerto Rico

    Adaptive reuse is the cornerstone of green design.  This Hotel in Puerto Rico was renovated to create a greater guest experience. The renovations had several green strategies. First to reuse concrete structure to create balconies by removing the tile roof and forming

Remaking the Igloo

Igloo painted by Scribe

History:  I had never heard of “the Igloo” not growing up in Kansas City I was unaware of this much beloved childhood experience at the Kansas City Museum. The igloo had been removed as an exhibit due to changes

New Fire Station Combines Sustainability and Durability

Lees Summit Fire Station 2 Exterior

  The new Lee’s Summit Fire Station No. 2 is a prime example of how current practices in green design and construction can make a new facility highly sustainable while maintaining the budget and meeting its essential functions. While