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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 28, 2008

CIMO project recognized for excellence

The $26.6 million Liberty Memorial restoration project will receive The American Institute of Architects’ 2008 Institute Honor Award for Architecture, the profession’s highest recognition of exemplary architecture. The project is one of 13 from around the world to win the award.

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Capital Improvements Management Office, a division of the City Manager’s Office, managed the project.

According to jury members who helped select the award recipients, “The recessed approach and the skylight additions are a bold design concept designed to heighten the visitor’s anticipation. Light at the entrance penetrates a dramatic glass bridge spanning a ‘Flanders Field’ of poppies, the eternal symbol of this war, which draws the visitor into the experience unexpectedly.”

ASAI Architecture renovated the structure and Turner Construction Company was the general contractor. The Liberty Memorial is operated in agreement with the City’s Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners.

Liberty Memorial was chosen from more than 800 submissions and will be honored in May at the American Institute of Architects’ 2008 National Convention and Design Exposition in Boston.

Media inquiries should be directed to Deanna Richards, communications specialist in the Capital Improvements Management Office, (816) 513-2757.

    
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