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Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is a world-class entertainment facility. Completed in 2011, the Kauffman Center has two state-of-the-art performance venues: an 1,800-seat Proscenium Theater (home to the Kansas City Ballet and the Lyric Opera), a 1,600-seat Concert Hall (home to the Kansas City Symphony) as well as Celebration Hall, a more intimate venue that accommodates 400 visitors for parties, receptions, meetings and guest speakers.

The Theatre, Hall, and back-of-house areas are constructed of structural concrete and are separated by an acoustical joint to eliminate the transfer of sound from one area to the next.  All three areas will be enclosed by a distinctive clamshell high roof consisting of structural steel, precast concrete, metal roofing and a cable-supported glass system atrium. The Kauffman Center also includes a 4-level parking structure to accommodate 1,024 cars.


  • American Council of Engineering Companies - Global Grand Conceptor Award - 2013
  • PCI (Precoast/Prestressed Concrete Institute) - Harry H Edwards Industry Advancement Award Best Theatre - 2012
  • EDC Cornerstone Awards - Special Recognition-The Arts - 2012
  • American Institute of Steel Construction - Presidential Award of Excellence in Engineering & Architecture - 2012
  • Associated General Contractors - Project of the Year over $25 Million - 2012
  • Associated General Contractors - Landmark Achievement Award - 2012
  • Capstone - Special Judges Recognition - 2012
  • Architectural Design - Capstone - 2010
  • Concrete Promotional Group - Excellence in Concrete - 2009