Student Union

University of Missouri-Kansas City

A student union is the centerpiece of a collegiate campus, a place where students can study and socialize. At UMKC, the union is also the beneficiary of the students’ pocketbooks, after they voted for a tuition increase to pay for the building’s construction. Building a union worthy of that commitment was a responsibility McCownGordon proudly took on after winning the design-build competition with architect Gould Evans. Constructed with brick and a three-story glass curtain wall, the union reflects both its geographic context and the modern outlook of its inhabitants. Interior finishes like stained concrete and tile were used to withstand heavy, continuous use. Ground level storefronts and eateries greet the campus with vitality. The 120,000 square-foot facility also features a grand staircase that connects the main lobby to the top floor. The union houses marketplace dining and seating, retail space, meeting rooms, student government and activities offices, food services, and a performing arts/movie theater. 

McCownGordon had significant contributions throughout the design process and are great team players. The schedule was accelerated to beat our original goal by one full year. McCownGordon successfully met this aggressive schedule with no delays.


  • Building Information Model
  • ULI Award
  • Southtown Council Award
  • LEED Gold
  • KCBJ Capstone Award
  • DBIA Award


  • Safety
  • Preconstruction
  • Collaborative Delivery


Kansas City, MO

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