3612 Karnes Blvd.

 

This commercial and multi-family adaptive reuse project brings new life to a 56,000 SF warehouse constructed in 1949.  Over the years it housed everything from a muffin bakery to a print shop.  It is now the home to Hufft Projects, a Kansas City design/build firm, which includes both an architectural design office and a fabrication space.  Additionally, the building accommodates 10 multi-family units in the 2-story portion.

The building’s steel structure was about the only element in usable condition.  The decades of built-up roof layers were stripped and replaced with insulation and TPO roofing.  Most partition walls were removed along with the CMU block wall along the NW corner.

Phase I – Design Office & Fabrication

Hufft Projects prides itself on an integrated design and fabrication atmosphere.  An architectural design office combined with a metal and wood shop, with a CNC router, bring forth many opportunities for experimentation.  This new space now allows the design office and fabrication shops to be separated by only a glass wall, a far cry from the rambling layout of their previous space. The CMU block wall along the edge of the loading dock was removed and an 11’ storefront system was added, creating a porch and a strong visual connection to the exterior.  4’x4’ skylights were added throughout the space and provide sufficient daylighting during most days.

Phase II – Multi-Family

The 14,600 SF, multi-family element of 3612 Karnes Blvd. is divided into 10 apartments, a common gathering area and a gym.  The apartments are targeted towards young professionals looking to live in a unique environment.  The end units are live/work studios and the remaining units are 1 bedroom apartments.  The ribbon windows on both floors of the east facade provide ample daylighting opportunities and the 20′ column spacing works well for the desired apartment layouts.

 


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