REVERB Multifamily Housing High-Rise

In the heart of Kansas City’s Crossroads District, the REVERB apartment tower offers modern loft living in an established urban setting.

This 14-story, 197,000-square-foot apartment tower boasts two levels of parking and 132 dwelling units conveniently located above neighboring businesses and restaurants.

Continuous communication and coordination within the integrated design and construction team helped create a cost-effective and efficient approach while maintaining high-quality design. The design-build method helped the project hit cost-per-square-foot for rent while still providing market differentiating features for the units.

The area is home to a plethora of trendy restaurants, eclectic shops, and art studios and galleries that are nestled into once-vacant warehouses. With so many things to do and see, many Kansas City residents and visitors from near and far are eager to reside in the artistic metro epicenter, leading three Kansas City-based firms to join forces and pursue the opportunity to create a new Crossroads living space. Copaken Brooks, CP Real Estate Capital and Burns & McDonnell came together to design and build REVERB — a distinctive, modern high-rise that pays tribute to the culture and traditions of the unique art district it was built in.


Copaken Brooks


Kansas City





Mixed-Use Development


Commercial Buildings

Mixed-Use Facilities


Commercial, Retail & Institutional

Balancing history and modernity.

To weave a modern structure into the foundation of the historic community, our team utilized a cohesive design-build approach for the project. This allowed exploration of alternate materials and structural shapes and forms. Because of the collaboration, the team was able to get the most out of the budget while still exceeding project requirements.

Flexibility for tenant living.

The apartment building was designed and built to create modern dwelling units that feature concrete floors, steel room dividers and floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic city views. The open living floor plans give flexibility to the tenants to let them create the space they want and make it their own.

Common spaces for creativity.

During the day, the top floor of the building is curated to allow for a convenient work-friendly space. At night, tenants and guests can enjoy the open bar lounge and 14th-floor views of the city. The team also created an outdoor community area at the base of the building that features space for food truck parking, ride share pickup and a 40-foot harvest table for residents and Crossroads visitors to gather.

Factoring in community.

Our team began by studying area demographics, determining who the renters would be, evaluating site logistics, finding cost and layout efficiencies, working with neighborhood associations and receiving city approvals. With those steps complete, we created a state-of-the-art design for the building, provided full construction services and wrapped up the final stages of the project with direction regarding furniture, fixtures, artwork and plant selections.

Despite the timeline aligning with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the team kept the project moving, putting special safety protocols in place to keep everyone safe.


Photos by Michael Robinson / @mrobinsonphoto

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