We recently finished work on the new Kansas City offices of NeighborWorks, located on the 7th floor of One Main Plaza.
We were excited to work for a non-profit organization with such a great mission: NeighborWorks America is the country’s leader in affordable housing and community development. They work to create opportunities for lower-income people to live in affordable homes in safe, sustainable neighborhoods that are healthy places for families to grow. Headquartered in Washington, DC, NeighborWorks America operates through a national office and eight regional field offices, including Kansas City, MO.
The newly relocated Kansas City office provides office space for both the North Central District office and the national office of NeighborWorks’ Organizational Assessment Division. The North Central District office staff provides grants and technical support to 34 NeighborWorks Affiliate Organizations in 10 states (Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri).
NeighborWorks delivers many of its community-focused programs and services through the national NeighborWorks network – 235 independent, community-based nonprofit organizations serving more than 4,500 communities nationwide. More than one-third of these organizations serve rural communities.
Together with its national and local partners, NeighborWorks provides grants, programmatic support, training and technical assistance to its national network of locally based community development organizations—including three in Kansas City: Community Housing of Wyandotte County, Neighborhood Housing Services of Kansas City (MO), and the Westside Housing Organization.
The office we designed for NeighborWorks has a simple, logical floor plan. We pulled the work spaces away from the windows, making room for a shared space with open seating that gives everyone in the office access to views and daylight. The individual offices are divided by panels of frosted glass, allowing light to enter all workspaces while still providing privacy. We pushed the conference rooms and services to the center of the floor plate, and bookended the offices with walls of tongue-in-groove maple. The design prompted the office to switch over completely to laptops, allowing people to meet and work alongside the light-filled common spaces. eldo fabricated a number of custom pieces of furniture for the office, including a handicapped-accessible, multi-level conference table and casework lining the exterior walls.