KCI Partner Profile - Wellner Architects

Name:  Julie Wellner, AIA 

Company Name:  Wellner Architects, Inc. 

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1. Where is your company located? 
802 Broadway, 4th Floor, Kansas City, Missouri.

2. How long have you been in business in Kansas City?  
30 years. 

3. How did you get your start in the industry? 
Wellner Architects was established in 1987 when the Kansas City, MO School District was investing $350 million into their school desegregation program. The program required that a percentage of all professional services and construction services be contracted to women- and minority-owned businesses. As a female architect, I left my position with a large KCMO firm and began Wellner Architects to pursue several projects with the School District. The projects awarded to Wellner Architects helped establish the company and provided the resources to market to other clients and diversify our project types. 

Wellner Architects first few years were built on three major clients: 

  • Kansas City, Missouri School District 
  • Marion Labs 
  • Kansas City Aviation Department

4. What types of services do you provide? 
Master planning, facility assessment, site selection, programming, space planning, tenant finish, architectural design, interior design, construction administration, furniture systems design, furniture and equipment selection, and move coordination. 

5. How many employees do you have working for you in and around Kansas City? 
12 employees.

6. What is your role on the KCI New Terminal project? 
Wellner Architects will be providing architectural services, including assisting lead architect SOM with project verification, programming, design, construction documents, and construction administration. 

7. How does the KCI project compare in size/scale to others on which you’ve worked?  
We have worked on other projects of similar size; for example, we were part of the Design Team and the Program Management Team for the KCI renovations completed in 2004, as well as other large Kansas City projects with diversified teams.  

8. What excites you most about this project?  
It’s exciting to be part of a project that will serve our community for generations to come, and continue our work at the airport and new terminal. Our office has been involved with the new terminal planning since 2012 as the architectural member of the airport planning team selected for “Advanced Terminal Planning,” and again in 2014 for “Terminal Planning”.  

9. Describe the impact you think the KCI New Terminal project will have on the local design and construction community and/or the City.  
Kansas City is a true diamond in the Midwest—with so much to offer, including museums and performing arts, entertainment and shopping districts, breweries and distilleries, professional and university sports, medical software and biomedical research industries, powerful academics at UMKC and KU Med, and a booming housing market. Now we need transportation options and one of those is a quality airport that will serve as our conduit to the rest the of world, as well as a conduit for the rest of the world to experience Kansas City.