Gould Evans Announces Completion of First Two Phases at Cerner Innovations


Kansas City, MO, March 9, 2017 – Nationally-recognized design and planning firm Gould Evans, together with Cerner, Grand Construction and JE Dunn, is pleased to announce the completion of phase one and two of the new Cerner Innovations, located at I-435 and Bannister Road. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on the morning of March 9, 2017 to celebrate the grand opening of the campus, which will be the largest development projects in Missouri’s history by the time it is fully built out.

Gould Evans designed the multi-phase master plan for the site, which will cover 4.7 million sq. ft. when complete, to be a centerpiece of Cerner’s strategy to draw top technology talent to the Kansas City area to solve the complex challenges of their health care clients.

“It’s critical that we provide an environment that facilitates creativity and innovation. And it takes a unique environment to make that happen,” said Mike Nill, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Cerner.

The first two towers will host Cerner’s software development, engineering and IT departments. Gould Evans created an environment to fit the company’s engineering culture by studying associate patterns, conducting interviews and testing layouts.

Each level features a variety of differentiated spaces allowing teams to conduct individual team scrums, flex in zones or expand across levels if necessary. Creating variety in working environments allows all Cerner associates to find the correct mix of light, acoustics, privacy, activity and personality to create individually or in a team setting.

In the towers, pairs of floors are grouped into neighborhoods to enable more interactions and to break down the scale of the complex. Each neighborhood is joined by a connecting atrium called a “node”, which is a differentiated area that enables innovation, teamwork and recreation, offering a counterpoint to “heads down” working space. Associates have full access to:

- The Libraries – feature warm wood, comfortable furniture and task lighting all designed to calm and focus associates.

- The Maker Space – provides an area where associates can experiment, tinker, assemble and test prototypes. It comes equipped with 3D printers, tools, Arduinos, and Raspberry Pis.

- Bowser’s Castle – a game room where associates can relax, recharge and socialize. It features board games, vintage style arcade games and a graphic wall depicting a scene from the 1985 classic, Super Mario Brothers.

- Project Rooms and Think Tanks - offer spaces for associate collaboration. They feature white boards, moveable furniture and projectors to provide a creative environment for teams.


Cerner’s leadership is dedicated to providing associates with desirable working environments that reflect the company’s culture and drive for innovation. All design decisions are based on Cerner’s attributes, mission and vision. The company is positioned at the intersection of information technology and health care, which has become a common design thread that visually represents this metaphor and is woven throughout its campuses, from World Headquarters (WHQ), to Continuous, to Innovations.

Innovations integrates numerous visual references to information technology and engineering thematics, from the front entry monument signs, to the street names and building addresses, to the DNA-inspired façade pattern, to the binary patterns in the perforations of the stainless steel panels which combine to represent moments of ‘interoperability’. Interoperability, the ability of different information technology systems and software to communicate, is critical to health care and became the inspirational overlay to the design team’s focus.

“We’re so proud to have partnered again with Cerner to create this innovative, employee-centered, next-generation workplace,” said Anthony Rohr, FAIA, National Managing Principal of Gould Evans. “A project of this magnitude requires a cohesive team working towards the same goals, and we’ve had that with Cerner’s leaders, with Grand Construction, with JE Dunn and the entire engineering team."

Media: Gould Evans architectural staff are available to discuss how Innovations was designed to reflect Cerner’s innovative culture. Interior and exterior images also available upon request. Please contact Megan Krtek at or 816-701-5422.

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