Building 1024 on the Cerner Corporation Innovations Campus in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo ©Tim Griffith.

Cerner Corporation Innovations Campus, Building 1024



Thornton Tomasetti provided structural engineering services for phases one through three of the master planned corporate campus for Cerner Corporation, a leading healthcare technology company. At the completion of the campus, Cerner is expecting to have office space for 16,000 employees in 16 buildings. Besides office buildings, amenities such as restaurants, retail, and a dedicated childcare facility are planned for the campus.

Cerner is redeveloping the former Bannister Mall site into a successful corporate campus with stainless steel and glass office buildings. This is an exciting development for this community which faced economic hardships after the closing of the once-thriving mall, but now has the opportunity for an economic boom.

The current project encompasses a 11-story office building, eight-story office building, dedicated conference and food service building. These buildings include office spaces, meeting spaces, food services, fitness facilities, clinic environments, and conference spaces. A 125,000-square-foot stand-alone service center is also underway.

A cast-in-place concrete solution using a system depth of 29” was selected due to its structural efficiency in both material usage and eliminating the need for camber. Wide-module pan-formed beam and slab supports the floor gravity loads and concrete shear walls provides the building lateral support.

Steel was selected to frame the roof of the penthouses on each building. Using steel allows for mechanical equipment to be placed without interference with shores that would be required for a cast-in-place system. The roof system consists of joist girders, joints, steel beams, and is laterally supported by the concrete shearwalls.

Thornton Tomasetti is currently working with Gould Evans on two additional towers on the Cerner campus.

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