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The Kirk Family YMCA
Bringing the Y Back to Downtown Kansas City

The former Lyric Theatre has served the Kansas City community in several different ways during its lifetime. After sitting dormant for several years, the historic building's newest chapter begins with the Kirk Family YMCA. This adaptive reuse project interweaves historic character with renewed purpose to restore the YMCA's presence to downtown Kansas City, Missouri, as a welcoming and inclusive community resource.
BNIM was honored to celebrate the official ribbon cutting ceremony on October 14 and to help welcome the Y to its new downtown home. We look forward to seeing the Kirk Family YMCA connect Kansas City in healthy living, fitness, and community.  
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Principal Laura Lesniewski, FAIA, is a recipient of the AIA Missouri 2021 Distinguished Service Award. This honor recognizes architects who show a strong record of public service and leadership, which can be exhibited in significant contributions and leadership to the American Institute of Architects. BNIM congratulates Laura, and her fellow award recipients, Bill Quatman, FAIA, and Chris Swan, AIA, on this exciting honor!
Laura’s impact on architecture and design, both locally and nationally, comes from her passion for equitable design and social justice, community-based design, and creating resiliency in built environments. In her three decades of practice, Laura is a dedicated leader in advancing sustainable and equitable design through practice-based research and teaching initiatives, published works, and meaningful dialogues. 
BNIM supports the delegation of architects who will attend the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland from Oct. 31 - Nov. 12.
“Climate change is one more inequity. BNIM has been on a journey of sustainability and high performance for over three decades and believe our primary responsibility for reducing carbon and fighting climate change is to serve the populations that are most vulnerable and deeply impacted by rising temperatures, forest fires, flooding, drought, food shortages, water scarcity, threatened air and water quality, and other ecosystem attacks. Signing the Communiqué is an action step towards serving the underserved and saving our planet.”

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BNIM was recently recognized by AIA Iowa, AIA Kansas, and AIA Central States Region with awards for design excellence and sustainability. BNIM received four awards at the 2021 AIA Iowa Convention Awards Ceremony in September and five awards at the 2021 AIA Kansas | AIA Central States Region Design Excellence Awards Celebration in early October.

BNIM's award-winning designs include:
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BNIM is hiring an interior architect / designer with 3-5 years of relevant project experience and a Bachelor’s degree in interior architecture or interior design. While this position is based in our Kansas City office, the role will also support projects in our San Diego or Des Moines offices.
Candidates' experience should demonstrate   essential design ability, a strong creative design portfolio, and a strong technical knowledge of interior systems that would be required by corporate, higher education, government, and mixed-use projects. This position fits a person who thrives in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment, who values productivity and efficiency balanced with utmost quality and who has evolving, refined taste and a passion for learning and collaboration. 
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