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Turning the outside of the downtown library parking garage

into an iconic Kansas City structure

Called the world’s most inspiring parking structure, iconic book bindings clad the outside of the Kansas City downtown library’s parking garage. In a true community effort, Kansas City residents were asked to help pick titles that represent the city. Rare books were professionally photographed and imaging software modified and placed the titles. An aluminum substructure with clear plexiglass windows through the center of the books allows light into the parking garage. This project not only celebrates books, reading, and the city on a massive scale, it also transforms these modest, familiar objects into monuments infused with hope and possibility.

 

The simple construction of aluminum with applied large-format graphics is a great case study of how well design-build works with collaboration and a fixed budget. We partnered with JE Dunn, CDFM2, Jonathan Kemper, and MC Lioness on the project, which has won multiple awards, including an SEGD Award and an IDSA award. These oversized books have become the most recognizable and widely discussed additions to Kansas City’s redeveloping core.

 
Civic + Transit From bus and rapid transit shelters to digital signage systems, we view every transit project as an opportunity to move people, tell a story, connect communities and infuse fun into functional. And all of our work is proudly designed and made in the USA.
 

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Mike Trio

Mike Trio

Associate Principal / Vice President of Transit Division

One of DI’s fearless leaders, Vice President of Estimating and Purchasing, Mike Trio builds the overall caliber of the organization, overseeing and driving the business strategy for DI and its employees. He leads strategy and... more about Mike Trio Mike Trio Mike Trio Associate Principal / Vice President of Transit Division

One of DI’s fearless leaders, Vice President of Estimating and Purchasing, Mike Trio builds the overall caliber of the organization, overseeing and driving the business strategy for DI and its employees. He leads strategy and development for both project estimating and material procurement.

Mike’s career began in manufacturing – his degree is in metal fabrication – and moved to installation and then to estimating. He can claim more than 35 years experience, 18 of those with DI, though you’ll never hear him brag about it.

With every project at DI coming across his desk at some point, he claims no favorites, adding they all offer something different than the previous. Mike most values DI’s culture that allows every employee a voice on the project, ensuring the entire team strives for excellence in every project, for every client.

A family man, Mike’s time is spent with his wife, three children and five grandchildren, as well as the family dog who waits at the front door for him to get home every evening. He’s also a devoted outdoorsman, spending time hiking, gardening, fishing and hunting.

Ashley Elliott

Ashley Elliott

Client Development Representative

Ashley values meaningful relationships and the importance of positive experiences.  She has five years of sales experience and is passionate about driving company growth through new relationships from creative strategies. She is always... more about Ashley Elliott Ashley Elliott Ashley Elliott Client Development Representative

Ashley values meaningful relationships and the importance of positive experiences.  She has five years of sales experience and is passionate about driving company growth through new relationships from creative strategies. She is always up for a challenge and drives business efforts in several verticals which include: transit, cultural, healthcare, entertainment, retail and strategic partnerships.

 

Ashley loves to be outside on long walks with her dog, Murphy, trying out new recipes, playing tennis and cheering on the Jayhawks with her family and friends. Ashley graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s Degree from the School of Journalism in Strategic Communications with a Business Minor.

 
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