Urban Explorers Tour: Faultless Starch
Event Sponsors: Faultless Starch / Bon Ami
Faultless Starch/Bon Ami Co., has been a part of the downtown Kansas City landscape for more than a century.
The former paint factory, which is more than a century-old, has undergone serious renovations of over $5 million. In order to convert this heavy timber and brick building into a modern multi-tenant commercial facility, the structure needed to conform to current day codes and adapt to the practical demands of modern business. In preserving the historical character and allure of the building, care was made to incorporate and reuse materials and features found in the building. Emphasis was placed on sustainability by adding solar panels, an insulated roof, and energy efficient lighting and storm windows. Security systems and other amenities were added to optimize the safety and well being of the buildings occupants. Elevator and stair locations were relocated to enhance the esthetics and use of the space. Interior and exterior masonry walls were repaired and cleaned, along with the wood timbers and flooring, and new electrical, mechanical, plumbing and sprinkler systems installed. With the restoration and replacement of the existing windows to maintain the historic profile of the building, the renovation was complete.