We were asked to create an upscale development with dominant water features and view-out basements resulting in desirable lots that would sell in a down economy. All of this needed to be accomplished within a budget that would make economic sense for the developer.
The Kansas Star Casino development covers 206 acres including a 162,500-square-foot casino with hotel, parking lots and equestrian facilities. Site drainage design was a challenge as a result of multiple adjacent watersheds, downstream flow restrictions and shallow groundwater that had a history of causing problems within an adjacent residential development.
In the early 2000s, the need to make Kellogg Avenue a major freeway through the center of the Wichita metropolis required demolition of the row of homes abutting Kellogg on southern border of Eastborough. We were engaged by Eastborough to represent it through the Kellogg construction process, and to devise a plan to buffer the effects of a major throughway right up against the small enclave’s southern border.
A landscaped boulevard ties The Waterfront together, while a pedestrian promenade connects the restaurant area with adjacent office parks. MKEC collaborates closely with an architectural firm to incorporate ongoing design in this large, multi-phased project – one of the marquee developments on Wichita’s steadily growing east side.
A relatively new but fast-growing church – founded in the mid-90s and moving into their new church in the early 2000s – was already needing to expand. Our challenge was to design systems that could seamlessly serve the structure with efficient heating and cooling that could handle variable requirements and changing needs to match church use.