Kanning Orthodontics wins a 2017 Capstone Award
The Kansas City Business Journal awarded Kanning Orthodontics a 2017 Capstone award for Architectural Design!
SOURCE KC Biz Journal
Description: Kanning Orthodontics had outgrown its previous location in Liberty, where the practice had operated for 10 years, and moved less than three miles to a new site.
Features: Dr. Neil Kanning sought to expand his business and enhance his patients’ experience during their visits. The new office sits on a wooded site, and its design maximizes both natural light and exceptional views of the outdoors for patients and their family members. Natural wood was used as an accent at the entry and extends inside for added warmth. The main exam bay contains six patient chairs, a gabled ceiling and custom wood benches.
“The building’s wooded site offers a great opportunity to give staff and patients a break from the building’s otherwise suburban surroundings,” said Jesse Hufft, co-founder of Hufft Projects. “The building was designed around the concept of a courtyard. As patients are led back to the exam area, there are no long, dark corridors, only natural light and a surprising number of views to the outside.”
Unique features: The concept of alignment is fundamental to what an orthodontist does, Hufft said, and that fact can be read in the architecture.
“The architectural details speak to the nature of an orthodontist’s skill set,” she said. “A bold standing seam roof, sun louvers, reveals in walls and ceilings produce strong, clean lines throughout.”
Special considerations: A consultation room allows Kanning and staff to speak with parents and families about procedures that need to be done as well as the financial aspects of treatment and care.
“This room has custom features which keep the children entertained while the parents are able to focus on these important conversations,” Hufft said.
Those custom features include a marker wall that kids can interact with and draw on within the consultation room, she said.