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Samantha McCloud named as one of KC's 30 under 30

Congratulations to our own architect, Samantha McCloud for being named one of KC’s 30 under 30. Way to go Samantha! 

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BY NICOLE KUBE

SAMANTHA MCCLOUD, 28

“As an architect, I am passionate about the built environment and its power to affect positive change. Small changes in a neighborhood can have a very big impact on the local culture and social dynamic of a place.”

In their own words
am a 28-year-old licensed architect and Associate at GastingerWalker&. Success is an evolving goal that is personally defined, and I most value the type of success that I can share with others. Architecture is a collaborative field, and through this lens, I choose to see personal achievement as a production of many moving parts. Being an architect isn’t just a vocation, it is a passion, and an ever-unfolding journey.   

In college, to my great surprise, I was offered a scholarship to be a coxswain on the K-State women’s rowing team. As a small, soft-spoken girl, I had never imagined I would be a collegiate student-athlete in highly competitive and aggressive company...read more

AIA KC Big Night

GastingerWalker& enjoyed AIA KC Big Night on September 27 at the Center for Architecture & Design! During the celebration of the AIA KC chapter's 2017 activities and success, several of our own team members were recognized. Amy Kinderknecht was inaugurated into the Board of Directors as the 2018-2020 Associate Director. Mike Fahey was thanked for service in the Board of Directors Selection Committee, and Samantha McCloud was recognized for her initiative and service as Co-Chair of the Equity in Architecture Committee.

Cookie Construction Build Day

GastingerWalker& team members Amy Kinderknecht and Emily Gale participated in the 2017 Cookie Construction Build Day this past weekend. With the theme: "We are Girl Scouts. We are Innovators", the Girl Scouts constructed some pretty amazing structures! These girls have spent six months planning and designing, and on March 4th all their hard work came to life in structures that will remain on display in the Crown Center Atrium through March 24th.  

Help us select the People's Choice winner. You can vote for your favorite when you visit Crown Center. Learn more about the program at www.gsksmo.org/construct

Color + Couture 2016

Last Friday, GastingerWalker& participated in the 11th and FINAL Color+Couture Fashion show. Although no award was received, fun was had by all! GastingerWalker&'s Emily Gale walked the runway in the San Francisco themed outfit created by the team.

2016 Scholarship Winner

Eric Janes with Kevin Harden, Managing Partner

Eric Janes with Kevin Harden, Managing Partner

GastingerWalker& is pleased to announce that Eric Janes, 5th year architecture student at Kansas State University, has been selected as the recipient of the firm’s 2016 scholarship. This year marks the 25th anniversary of GastingerWalker&’s Scholarship program. 

The scholarship was established to commemorate the firm’s 10th anniversary in 1991 and assist a fifth-year architecture student in financial need with first semester’s tuition, books and supplies for the academic year. GastingerWalker& has given over $50,000 in scholarship money since the program’s inception in 1991. The 2016 scholarship was available to a Missouri, Kansas or Arkansas residents attending the fall fifth year architecture program at Kansas State University. In 2017, the scholarship will go to a student at the University of Kansas and it will rotate between the three states thereafter. The  scholarship for 2016 will be $2,000. The following students have been recipients of the scholarship over the past twenty five years:

  • 1991 William J. Kahmann, Kansas State University
  • 1992 Robert H. Waters, Kansas State University
  • 1993 Michael Rehg, University of Arkansas
  • 1994 Darren Ray Adkisson, Kansas State University
  • 1995 Trudy Rae Faulkner, University of Kansas
  • 1996 Natalie Schuessler, Kansas State University
  • 1997 Matthew Gearheart, University of Kansas
  • 1998 Aaron Smith, University of Kansas
  • 1999 Kami Kincaid, University of Kansas
  • 2000 Katie Griffiths, University of Kansas
  • 2001 Andrew Scott Maass, University of Kansas
  • 2002 Michelle Doty, Kansas State University
  • 2003 Melissa Brown, University of Kansas
  • 2004 Kelli White, Kansas State University
  • 2005 Enjoli Dixon, University of Kansas
  • 2006 Heather Moorehead, Kansas State University
  • 2007 Devin Norton, University of Kansas
  • 2008 Mark J. Long, Kansas State University
  • 2009 Algonquinn Tolbert, University of Kansas
  • 2010 Reid Mason, University of Missouri
  • 2011 Kasey Miller, University of Kansas
  • 2012 Sandi Lam, Kansas State University
  • 2013 Ken Grothman, University of Kansas
  • 2014 Josh Broadway, Kansas State University
  • 2014 Rachel Grodon, Kansas State University
  • 2015 Christopher Crawford, University of Kansas
  • 2016 Eric Janes, Kansas State University


Two out of the twenty five students who have been awarded the scholarship are currently part of the GastingerWalker& team. Melissa Brown, AIA, LEED AP was awarded the scholarship in 2003 and has been with the firm since 2011 and Matt Gearheart, Associate AIA received the scholarship in 1997 and has been with the firm since 1998.

Melissa Brown, 2003 Scholarship Winner, Senior Associate

Melissa Brown, 2003 Scholarship Winner, Senior Associate

Matt Gearheart, 1997 Scholarship Winner, Associate

Matt Gearheart, 1997 Scholarship Winner, Associate

 

Congratulate Our 3 New Partners


We Are Excited To Announce That Dan Nenonen, Matt Wild, And Kevin Wineinger Have Been Named Partners At GastingerWalker&.

 

Dan Nenonen, AIA

Dan knows he’s exceeded his client’s expectations when they walk into a designed space and say it is even better than they imagined. He is the Senior Project Manager for several of our firm’s projects, including the new $72,000,000 Capitol Federal Hall at the University of Kansas opening this May. Dan has a goal to see all 59 National Parks and as many national monuments as possible – so far, he is batting .333! Growing up, Dan always liked to problem solve, play with Legos and create things. Years later, this intertwining of so many different pragmatic and creative avenues of pursuit led him to become an architect. He is an active member of the Downtown Rotary Club (Kansas City), Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation, and Downtown Council of Kansas City.


Matt Wild, AIA, NCARB

Matt is a passionate leader and designer and has the ability to seamlessly coordinate all the moving parts of a team. He can simplify any problem and provide solutions to clients that are practical and creative. He believes that good design comes from a process of analyzing information and creatively utilizing one’s knowledge and talents to achieve a goal. As a child, Matt tagged along with his mother who worked for an architect. He never forgot about the drafting tables equipped with pencils, pens, templates and ‘oh-so cool’ electronic erasers, leading to his eventual architectural career. He joined the firm in 2004 and he is a member of the the Downtown Council, KC Urban Core Group, Urban Land Institute, 20/20 Leadership, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Kansas City and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Heart of America Chapter).


Kevin Wineinger

Prior to moving to Kansas City to join the firm, Kevin worked in internationally renowned Architectural firms in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The projects Kevin undertook in these offices, from designer to manager, are well known for their humanistic approach to modernism and have won numerous national and local awards for their design.  Through his experience in a variety of cities and environments, he is adept at navigating complex locations, project constraints and design problems. Kevin serves as Lead Designer on all education projects the firm undertakes. In addition to Kevin’s professional work, he is a devoted educator and regular visiting critic at Schools of Architecture across the United States.

 

 

 

 

A Royal Celebration

 

What an amazing celebration to witness yesterday! GastingerWalker& & their families showed up to cheer on the KC Royals at the World Series Champions parade along with 800,000+ people. What an incredible display to witness. Way to go Royals! ‪#‎RoyalCelebration‬,‪#‎TookTheCrown‬‪#‎forveverRoyal‬‪#‎crowned‬‪#‎royals‬

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Two Locations, One Firm

This February, we celebrated our 34th anniversary as a firm. 2015 also marks the 29th anniversary of our Chicago office.

In 1981, our founders Kirk Gastinger and Wade Walker established the firm based on the philosophy of "listening to clients."

If we listen to and take care of our clients, we will build outstanding long-term relationships. In result, our clients will take care of us.

After five years of growth, relationship building and design with insight, we listened very carefully when one of our clients told us something that would significantly change our firm. AT&T had revised its regional control of real estate. Offices that were in several states, previously controlled by a Kansas City office, were now going to be controlled out of Chicago.

“Our firm had established a reputation as a client, budget, and schedule-oriented firm that provided great service at a reasonable cost,” saidRogers Malone, AIA, principal. “However, the Chicago AT&T Real Estate group could not hire Kansas City architects to do work throughout their region. We needed an office in Chicago in order to continue the relationship."

So Rogers packed up moved his family, and on December 28, 1986 opened the doors of our Chicago office.

In 1986, the Sears Tower was only 13 years old, Ronald Reagan was president, and email and cell phones were a distant speck on the horizon. In April, Rogers will celebrate his 32nd anniversary with the firm, and his 29th year in Chicago.

“Our Chicago office has been able to succeed and excel at relationships for so long because of the culture orginially established by Kirk and Wade in Kansas City,” said Rogers. The team now consists of interior designer Lisa Kincaid, principal; architect John Price, AIA & principal; project designer Heather Lichtfuss; project assistant Marlene Wolz and KC/Chicago liaison Kevin Harden, AIA and partner.

“As the partner linking KC and Chicago, I frequently travel between both offices to keep everyone current. I am the cheerleader pushing the team to do better, and make sure top talent is hired when needed. Representing Chicago’s interests in partner’s meetings has gone a long way to make us ONE office in two locations,” said Kevin.

Kansas City and Chicago have successfully worked in tandem, guided by the firm’s original philosophy. There is great strength in two offices working as one and opportunities are frequently realized. In addition to work for AT&T, the Chicago office has built several new relationships over the years throughout the nation. The firm has completed work in nearly every state.

“We are not an ‘island’ in Chicago. Our office is a part of a bigger whole, and combined we are a team of more than 50 architects, interior designers, marketing and administrative staff,” said Lisa.

After 29 years and three expansions later, the Chicago office has grown to specialize in large corporate offices and healthcare spaces.

“The Chicago office was always intended to be an extension of Kansas City’s office and to grow with additional Chicago clients. The goal from the first day was to expand our client base and continue to provide the same great service that the Kansas City office does,” said Lisa. “It’s incredible to say that we have major corporate experience in two significant Midwestern cities. We have won more business because of this asset. We have the ability to cover a large area that makes clients more confident in our capabilities. We have regional (not just local) flexibility and knowledge.”

Our capabilities have attracted real estate developers in Chicago and, from that, partnerships formed. “We expanded our client base not only locally but with companies doing business in both Kansas City, Chicago and throughout the Midwest. Regionally, besides AT&T, we have worked with Lucent Technologies, Avaya, The John Buck Company, CB Richard Ellis, the GSA, Kemper Financial, Sprint, Morgan Stanley, Van Kampen (now Invesco), BKD, and several others. We also work with Donna Buck and the KC office on several regional Brown Mackie College and Allstate projects, and Jana BeeTriplett on healthcare related projects (including SurgCenter Development). Many of these relationships started in Kansas City and were strengthened by a Chicago presence,” John said. “After we gained regional momentum, we started gaining business from within the Chicagoland urban area (The Tom Terry Group, Civic Opera Building, The Rookery, 104 S. Michigan Ave., 111 S Wacker, Triangle Plaza, 208 S. LaSalle and many others) with additional projects in the suburbs (including Banco Popular, Stonecreek Properties, Barrington Broadcasting and others).”

This map shows all of the states where our team has completed projects; including the Cayman Islands and Jamaica:

Most of the projects for the Chicago office have revolved around corporate interior design. When an opportunity for Kansas City-based client, UMB, came about in Milwaukee, Kevin Harden reached out to Lisa Kincaid and the Chicago team. UMB relocated their Fund Services division in Milwaukee to historic Schlitz Park and this involved interior design and interior architecture as part of a historic renovation. Our proximity to Milwaukee, knowledge of the landscape, and ability to handle details with local vendors and subcontractors demonstrated our ability to have two offices working and collaborating as one.

“We were very excited to work with the Kansas City-based banking company,” Lisa said. “Kevin, who has a relationship with UMB, was able to pass along the work and we just jumped at the opportunity.”

A recent win for the Chicago team was becoming the preferred interior architect for the building at 200 S. Michigan Avenue. Future plans are in progress to create a large public fitness center, as well as other marketing and design projects. Further down the road, our team will be asked to do tenant improvements, construction documents, permits and construction administration as a part of the contract.

Our Chicago office has sustained and grown business over the past 29 years and is strengthened by the dual office structure and goals of our firm. GastingerWalker& regional offerings have taken our firm from a local team to an established national presence.

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