(ST. LOUIS, Aug. 17, 2016) SWT Design will open its newest studio in downtown Kansas City, MO, the firm announced Wednesday morning. The studio will be located in the Crossroads Arts District.
The decision to expand into the Kansas City area is the result of a multi-year process of developing successful projects and a robust professional network. Jim Wolterman, partner and co-founder of SWT Design says the move “solidifies the firm’s continued investment within the region.”
“We’ve been thinking about this move for some time now. Expanding our reach is an important part of our strategic plan for growth. We’re already here. What we want now is to be part of the Kansas City community permanently.” says Wolterman.
To begin, the firm has hired long-time Kansas City, MO resident and El Dorado, KS native Cale Doornbos to lead the new studio. A Kansas State graduate (BLA, 2001), Cale is a registered landscape architect with 15 years of experience and a global portfolio in planning and designing the public realm. Doornbos attributes his success over the years to working closely with other design disciplines.
“Collaboration fosters great design. I’ve always enjoyed working with other disciplines, both within and outside of the design industry,” says Doornbos. “My work has taken me all across the world, and for that I’m grateful. But I’m truly excited about the opportunity to continue to help build and shape the Kansas City region.”
His local work includes collaborating on 18Broadway, a city-block urban agriculture installment in the Crossroads Arts District, the Black & Veatch World Headquarters Expansion, the new Dairy Farmers of America Headquarters, the Kansas State Olathe Innovation Campus Masterplan, and the 51st & Oak mixed-use development.
In addition to the new studio in Kansas City, SWT Design continues to reinvest in its campus in St. Louis. The firm recently completed its third expansion, adding another 4,500 s.f. of studio space to its existing campus. With the previous expansion now nearly 10 years old, the firm saw this as an opportunity to foster a truly collaborative and inspiring work environment and reinforce its commitment to the St. Louis metropolitan area.
Now celebrating 21 years, SWT Design has grown to become one of the largest stand-alone disciplines of its kind in the Midwest. As a strong proponent of sustainable design, the firm was at the forefront of developing the Sustainable Sites Initiative, working closely alongside other founding partners and agencies to develop what has become the world’s first comprehensive rating system for the design, development, and management of sustainable landscapes around the globe.
Within the Kansas City area, SWT Design recently led and completed an updated strategic plan for the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. “The JCPRD Legacy Plan,” as it’s named, serves as a guide for the evolution of the Park and Recreation District over the next 15 years. In 2014, the firm collaborated with the University of Kansas Medical Center on the design and first phase construction of a new main courtyard on its campus. SWT Design also served as lead landscape architect for the Bass Pro Shops in both Olathe and Independence, KS.