Make It Right, the foundation started by actor Brad Pitt and architect William McDonough to rebuild homes in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, has partnered with BNIM Architects to transform a former school in Kansas City, Missouri, into LEED Platinum-certified affordable housing. The Bancroft School Apartments, which opened last month, are a showcase for high-quality sustainable development and community-driven urban renewal.
Located in the long-distressed Manheim Park neighborhood, the complex provides fifty rental units and a host of other services that include job training facilities, a medical center, an auditorium and a gym. New townhomes built around the school’s perimeter offer additional housing. “This project was born out of the neighborhood in which it is located,” says Bob Berkebile, a founding principal of BNIM. “It provides the amenities that residents have identified as their top priorities.”