The new Continuous Campus signifies Cerner’s commitment to the future of healthcare management. The building is not only an expression of Cerner’s work, but a reflection of the values of a company pioneering the digital age of the medical industry.
The campus consists of two eight-story office towers joined by a collaborative one-story base. Associates benefit from a cafeteria, fitness center, pharmacy and health clinic. Clients benefit from globally connected conference rooms and lounges for training. What makes this facility unique is the crisis event center, where clients can be assisted when systems are at risk during natural disasters. The base features native prairie limestone, while the interior wall surrounding the intimate courtyard is clad in wood reclaimed from the site.
The office towers shelter the courtyard from surrounding sprawl. They are wrapped in a high performance rainscreen system; clad in a warm-brown, textured stainless steel, with a glass-to-wall ratio that varies with the solar orientation. While the window patterning is a nod to the sequencing patterns of DNA, the materiality also speaks to a Midwestern vernacular of metal-clad buildings. The office floors are open and wireless, facilitating collaboration and ushering in a new paradigm for the digital workplace.
Kansas City Business Journal, Capstone Award, 2014
Kansas City Construction Specification Institute, Excellence in Design Award, 2014
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"Redrawing the Office: Cerner Continuous Campus", Kansas City Business Journal, April 2014
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