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Truman Medical Office Building, Kansas City, Missouri | Project Designer, 2014 (Under Construction)

The project is a medical office building and ambulatory surgery center for Truman Medical Center (partnered with Landmark Healthcare Facilities) in Kansas City, MO.

On a prominent hilltop site overlooking downtown Kansas City, and as a new “front-door” for the hospital complex, the design had to be visually compelling while maintaining flexible and economical planning strategies. The challenge was to add visual interest to a building that for planning, budget, and environmental reasons necessitated a straight-forward ribbon window design.

Since we were designing a medical office building, we sought inspiration from medical research spatial mappings and reinterpreted/abstracted these patterns as a way to design a unique ribbon window. We strategically allowed the windows to move across the facade, connect to one another, or grow vertically to provide more light and views in public spaces.

The patterning concept gave us a design language to employ in the drop-off canopy and lobby, creating a cohesive building.


Women in the Design World: Work in Progress, an exhibition presented by the Sam Fos School of Design and Visual arts in conjunction with the Women in Architecture Symposium 2014.

Allison Méndez / M.Arch, 2012