Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences Goes Green

One of the oldest osteopathic institutions in the world repurposes its student center with maximum sustainability efforts.

When it came time for The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB) to renovate its auditorium, the college decided to take the makeover beyond a fresh coat of paint— repurposing the existing space and reusing materials in an effort to maximize sustainability.

Formerly known as Weaver Auditorium, the newly rededicated Student Academic Center was effectively repurposed from a single auditorium with 1,600 seats to two lecture halls with a capacity of over 700 each, transforming the use of the building from special occasion only to daily.

KCUMB worked with Helix Architecture + Design Inc. and general contractor McCownGordon Construction to make the renovation project as environmentally efficient as possible, repurposing 93 percent of the original structure’s materials—recycling wood and donating reusable materials such as auditorium seats to other institutions.

According to Marc B. Hahn, president and CEO for KCUMB, this is the first of many steps to improve the campus and act upon the university’s vision to be the most student-focused medical school in the nation.

For more information on KCUMB’s future initiatives and its five-year expansion and renovation plans, please visit

- Kathryn Greene