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CONTACT: Mary Charles, city communications officer, (816) 513-1356


Vehicle Impound Facility event celebrates art and sustainability

The City of Kansas City, Mo., today hosted a special event to officially dedicate the City’s new Vehicle Impound Facility, showcase the innovative One Percent for Art piece at the location and celebrate the recently certified LEED Gold rating for sustainability from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Vehicle Impound Facility is located at 7750 E. Front St.

"The new Vehicle Impound Facility lot is a project the City and our residents can be very proud of,” said Bill Skaggs, mayor pro tem. “The planning and implementation were well managed, and the resulting product is convenient for our customers and is a true example of the City’s comprehensive dedication to energy efficiency."

The facility, which covers 25 acres and includes space for about 2,000 cars, features several energy efficient buildings on site that use less than half the amount of energy required of comparable buildings.

“We are pleased to have this award-winning facility located in the first district,” said City Councilwoman Deb Hermann, 1st District at large. “Its functionality, aesthetics and environmentally-friendly features are an asset to the area and to the entire City."

Other sustainable features include stormwater treatment, water efficient landscaping and the use of recycled materials. In addition, the contractor reduced the amount of construction waste that would normally end up in a landfill by 75 percent.

“To date, the new Vehicle Impound Facility represents the most environmentally conscious project the City has taken from design to build to operation,” City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen said. “The successes of this project provide great benchmarks for the City to aspire to in future projects — the bar has been set high.”

The City’s Capital Improvements Management Office managed the project, Barsto Construction was the contractor and el dorado inc., served as the architecture firm.

"Barsto Construction is honored and pleased to have had the opportunity to work with the City and el dorado on this project,” said Jon Runyan, vice president of Barsto Construction. “We would also like to honor the memory of our friend and senior project manager, Scott Seymour, who worked diligently to secure the project's success."

Following a strenuous review process, the City was notified that the U.S. Green Building Council had certified a Gold rating based on established criteria for sustainability in a number of different categories, such as sustainable site work, water and energy efficiency, emissions and air quality.

"From the start of the project, the el dorado team was challenged to exceed the LEED Silver rating that had been mandated,” said Dan Maginn of el dorado inc.“After a dedicated collaboration between Barsto Construction, the City’s project managers and our team, we were able to achieve a LEED Gold rating. The Vehicle Impound Facility is a testament to the City’s belief that well-designed industrial projects are a sound capital investment, and they benefit the citizens of Kansas City."

The public art project at the facility, “Seven Sentinels,” was funded by the City’s One Percent for Art program, which, by ordinance, sets aside one percent of all municipal construction and renovation budgets for the inclusion of unique artwork. The Municipal Art Commission coordinates the program.

“Seven Sentinels” was created by Kansas City artist Matthew Dehaemers. The piece is crafted of standard automatic parking gates modified into seven 16-foot-tall sculptures – fabricated locally at A. Zahner Company. The gates rise as cars leave the facility, presenting a synchronized display like sports fans doing the Wave or soldiers presenting a military sword tribute. After the vehicle passes, the gates return to their level state in a staggered wave pattern.

“When people experience ‘Seven Sentinels,’ I hope they smile,” Dehaemers said. “At least they’ll have a chance to gain closure and move forward.”

The facility also won a 2009 Capstone Award from the Kansas City Business Journal in the category of Green Design. The Capstone awards recognize real estate development projects and transactions that enhance the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The Tow Services Division of the Neighborhood and Community Services Division operates the Vehicle Impound Facility. The main telephone number is (816) 513-0670. The facility is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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City News Releases - 2009

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