KCAI Student Living Center

Custom Perforated Panels


2020 Design Excellence Award Winner – Kansas City Chapter of the AIA.

Founded in 1885, the Kansas City Art Institute is an independent 4 year college of art & design.

Their new residence hall & dining center provides today’s student with the best possible living space, going beyond the traditional student housing model.

With room for 244 students to sleep and, with two places to eat, this new facility elevates the living experience on campus.

Designed by Helix Architecture + Design, the intent was to provide a place for students to unwind after a day of classes, relax and enjoy a good meal – creating an environment tailored to art students.

SSM fabricated & installed a number of components that were key to making the project a success.  Our custom perforated sun shades serve to reduce sun glare in common spaces.  Then, the mirror polished & perforated stainless steel panels at the cafe – some with integral signage – provide an accent element to the entry and the public view of the building.

The perforated panels, for sun shading and as visual screening devices, and the mechanical screens for the rooftop units were also fabricated and installed by SSM.