Join us for our final installment of Cocktails & Conversations at Cerner Innovations hosted by Gould Evans. Please note that registration for this event will close at noon on Tuesday, October 3. You must register to attend this event. Those not on the registration list will not be admitted.
About Cerner Innovations
Located at I-435 and Bannister Road, Cerner Innovations is a centerpiece of the company’s strategy to draw top technology talent to the Kansas City area, employing design as a key tactic to create a desirable working culture and facilitate growth. When fully built out, the 4.7 million sq. ft. campus will span 290 acres and is expected to create nearly 16,000 new jobs over 10 years.
The first two towers, which opened in March of 2017, host Cerner’s software development, engineering and IT departments. Gould Evans created an environment to fit the company’s engineering culture by studying associate patterns, conducting interviews and testing layouts. Each level features a variety of differentiated spaces allowing teams to conduct individual team scrums, flex in zones or expand across levels if necessary.
In the towers, pairs of floors are grouped into neighborhoods to enable more interactions and to break down the scale of the complex. Each neighborhood is joined by a connecting atrium called a “node”, which is a differentiated area that enables innovation, teamwork and recreation, offering a counterpoint to “heads down” working space. Associates have full access to libraries, game rooms, a maker space, project rooms and think tanks.
All design decisions for the new campus are based on Cerner’s attributes, mission and vision. The company is positioned at the intersection of information technology and health care, which has become a common design thread that visually represents this metaphor and is woven throughout its campuses, from World Headquarters (WHQ), to Continuous, to Innovations.
Innovations integrates numerous visual references to information technology and engineering thematics, from the front entry monument signs, to the street names and building addresses, to the DNA-inspired façade pattern, to the binary patterns in the perforations of the stainless steel panels, which combine to represent moments of ‘interoperability’. Interoperability, the ability of different information technology systems and software to communicate, is critical to health care and became the inspirational overlay to the design team’s focus.
About Gould Evans
Gould Evans is a design and planning firm whose principals and associates are united around a common vision: to create environments that transform their surroundings, engage their occupants, sustain their environment and support our clients’ missions. Our portfolio is intentionally diverse, encompassing civic buildings, cultural institutions, higher education projects, research facilities, living spaces, athletics facilities, workplaces, environmental branding and urban planning. Our designs have garnered local, regional and national awards for their specificity to people and place. Founded in 1974 by two former University of Kansas School of Architecture classmates who shared a passion for regional architecture and design, today our 11 principals lead more than140 associates across five studios in locations as diverse as Lawrence, Kansas City, San Francisco, Phoenix and New Orleans. To learn more, visit www.gouldevans.com.
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