Construction

Mission Gateway development lands key financing

The developers of Mission Gateway have secured intermediate financing needed to get construction moving on all fronts of the long-awaited mixed-use project located at the site of the former Mission Center Mall.

GFI Development and The Cameron Group are eyeing 2021 for the project’s full completion, thanks to $20 million in fresh financing secured through Metropolitan Commercial Bank. The funds will allow construction to commence on the project’s 130,000-square foot entertainment portion by the end of April. Site preparation began for Mission Gateway’s three apartment-over-retail buildings last fall and those structures are on target for delivery by the end of 2020.

 “The financing we have secured and closed will allow us to continue to deliver what we promised,” Tom Valenti of The Cameron Group told MetroWire Media.

Mission Gateway’s entertainment area will include an unnamed anchor tenant who will operate a 90,000-square-foot entertainment complex to complement a 40,000-square-foot food hall from Chef Tom Colicchio’s Crafted Hospitality.

“We were out there looking for financing, and it is coming to us in two ways. We secured the first wave of financing done through Metropolitan Commercial Bank, our lending partner. And we continue to work with Mission Capital, our capital advisors throughout the process,” said Andy Ashwal of GFI Development.

In January, GFI and the Cameron Group announced they were seeking a finance partner and bumping up the construction timeline after landing the unnamed destination entertainment tenant.  

Mission Gateway snapshot:

-Colliers International will handle Mission Gateway’s office and retail leasing.

-Neighbors Construction is expected to complete the multifamily portion of the project in April 2020.

-Fogel-Anderson Construction Co. is serving as construction manager for the entire redevelopment project at Johnson Drive and Shawnee Mission Parkway.

-El Dorado, Inc. designed the overall master plan. 

-NSPJ is architect of record for the Element by Westin hotel.

 For more info, please visit www.missiongatewaykc.com

McCarthy Building Companies celebrates WIC Week 2019

McCarthy Building Companies celebrated Women in Construction Week 2019 by highlighting four female professionals working on high-profile construction projects. Here are some career insights from McCarthy's KC female pros:


"I love seeing a project through. This is huge project and there are hundreds of little projects within it and being able to see all of your hard work transpire into something that makes the Tomahawk Creek water treatment plant function is - awesome." -Taylor Meulemans, project engineer, Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility Expansion project


"I've worked on healthcare jobs and schools and now wastewater treatment. There are still those same fundamentals that everyone learns but you can learn so much more. There's always something new to learn and someone to teach you." -Devon Murray-Mazany, Tomahawk Creek Wastewater project


"Not a lot of medical examiner facilities are being built so it's a unique experience. It's a mix between a lab and a hospital and it's a cool project." -Autumn Swinson, senior project engineer, Johnson County, Kansas Medical Examiner Facility


"Construction is always changing. You can go from one project to the next and have the same job but it's totally something new and you get to learn new things." -Cara Greenley, project engineer, Tomahawk Creek Wastewater project 


NAWIC initiative, the focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a viable component of the construction industry.

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Opus kicks off construction of Westport multifamily mixed-use project

The Opus Group (Opus), along with Central Bank of the Midwest and CTK Real Estate, officially began construction on a 256-unit mixed-use apartment community at Westport Road and Broadway Boulevard. Completion is targeted for spring 2020. 

“We’re pleased to be building our presence and business in Kansas City by contributing a modern mixed-use project in the vibrant neighborhood of Westport,” said Joe Downs, vice president/general manager of Opus Development Company, LLC. “Westport has a unique, historical aesthetic, and this project will bring that attitude to life in a contemporary way.”

The six-story project will feature 10,000 square feet of ground-level retail, two suites, and 254 apartment units in a variety of floor plans, ranging from junior studio to two-bedrooms. Standard luxury finishes include nine-foot ceilings, stone countertops, designer backsplash and lighting packages, vinyl plank flooring, stainless steel appliances, oversized windows, and in-unit washers and dryers.

The project features a club room and roof-level terrace with views of Westport and the Country Club Plaza, as well as a larger, lower-level amenity terrace with pool, fire pits, lounge areas, grilling and dining capabilities and an adjacent club room. Additional amenities include fitness equipment with Fitness On Demand™, conference rooms, co-working vestibules, spa, dog wash station, secure bike storage and storage space for residents , as well as two levels of secure underground parking with direct access to residential floors.

Opus Development Company, LLC is the developer, Opus Design Build, LLC is the design-builder and Opus AE Group, LLC is the interior designer, architect and structural engineer of record. 

BUILT Interior Construction goes wall-to-wall with custom building solution

BUILT opened its Kansas City office in 2015, determined that the construction industry was ready to embrace a sustainable, tech-friendly, pre-manufactured building solution that would save time and money for the end user.

As the company celebrates its third birthday this month, it's clear that the vision of partners Dave AndersonMark Brandmeyer and Russ Branden is paying off. High-profile clients in the health care, education, and corporate space are lining up to incorporate the company's flexible building solution into their projects.

"It's a totally new and different way to build interiors," said BUILT Partner Dave Anderson. "Conventional construction can't do these fit and finishes, and we are able to bring down overall project costs with our speed to market."

Recent projects include Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute's expansion, several BCBS SpiraCare clinics, and new headquarters for Mariner Holdings and Mediware Information Systems.

Using the DIRTT-branded prefabricated solution, BUILT creates customizable, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass panels that allow for easy access to IT, plumbing and electrical infrastructure within the walls. 

"We like to say, we don't make walls; we liberate the space between them," said Andre' Davis, business development manager for BUILT. "We serve as a strategic partner to anyone interested in building better, using technology and clean construction methods to future-proof their space."

Panels arrive ready to install and bypass the need for paint or wallpaper, which allows for a quicker buildout and cleaner construction sites. It's a solution that health care providers finding particularly attractive because components arrive UL-tested and construction is minimally disruptive to busy medical facilities and offices. 

One more perk: the pre-manufactured solution reduces concerns about available construction workers.

"We believe we add value to any General Contractor out there trying to win projects, especially because labor is so tight," Davis added. "We just need three weeks of lead time, and we can be on-site by the fourth week."

Find out more about BUILT Interior Construction online at Builtinterior.com.