KCP&L along with Kansas City mayor, Sly James, DuBois Consultants and other partner organizations, has officially unveiled the newly renovated Crosstown Substation.
Crosstown Substation was originally built in 1968, but over time the wall was in need of repair. KCP&L selected Dubois Consultants, Inc. to lead the project. DuBois assembled a team consisting of Pendulum Studios and Custom Engineering to create a wall design that reflected the culture of the surrounding community. DuBois is one of KCP&L’s Light Source participants. KCP&L’s Light Source mentoring program assigns company officers and managers to local minority and women-owned suppliers, offering guidance on business development, training, and networking.
"The revitalized Crosstown Substation testifies to KCP&L's commitment to supporting the Crossroads district, and to its leadership in supporting Minority & Women-owned businesses,” said Ajamu Webster, president of Dubois Consultants, Inc. “Our firm was afforded the honor of leading the design team on this project. KCP&L’s Light Source Program is a model for growing MWBE firms."
A committee comprising members from KCP&L, the DuBois design team, local art organizations and the Kansas City Municipal Arts Commission interviewed several artists to design a commissioned piece at the substation. The committee selected James Woodfill for his work called “LIGHT RAMP (Device)” which features a cascading lights display on the north side of the substation with117 solar panels, on the south side, that power the display’s LED lights.
At the front of the substation a plaque commemorates the formerly historic Holmes Square Park, which previously occupied this location. Additionally, the plaque honors Elenore Canny, former director of the park and also the first female police officer in Kansas City, Mo.
Visitors can visit the site anytime to view the artwork and commemorative plaques.