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  Lunar Bowl, Page 27Lunar Bowl
Bozich Architects
10 E. Cambridge Circle Drive, #330, Kansas City, KS 66103

Blue Springs, Missouri
Total Square Feet: 38,217
Construction Period: Mar 2001 to Oct 2001

Construction Team
General Contractor: Meyer Brothers Building Co. - 2749 NW Hunter Drive, #B, Blue Springs, MO 64015
Structural Engineer: LJB, Inc. - 3100 Research Blvd., Dayton, OH 45420
Electrical Engineer: Paragon Electric - 1500 E. 40 Hwy., Blue Springs, MO 64014
Mechanical Engineer: Airtech Engineering - 4265 Flint, Overland Park, KS 66214
Landscape Architect: LTD2 Engineering Group - 7000 NW Prairie View Road, #260,Kansas City, MO 64151
Cost Estimator: Meyer Brothers Building Co. - 2749 NW Hunter Drive, #B, Blue Springs, MO 64015

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go bowling on the moon? Visiting The Lunar Bowl facility, located in Blue Springs, Missouri may be as close as you will get to an answer on this planet. The Lunar Bowl recreation center was given a very fitting name, as visitors slip into a cosmic atmosphere while enjoying bowling, games, dining and drinking.

The facility was constructed utilizing site-cast tilt-up concrete wall panels using the CON/STEEL Tilt-Up System, as well as a conventional structural steel framing system. In addition to bowling, this facility, built by CON/STEEL Alliance member Meyer Bros. Building Co., contains a pro shop, meeting rooms, locker rooms and a game room. The center also features a 4,500-square-foot full-service restaurant and bar with a one-of-a-kind moon ceiling, which spans 36-feet in diameter.

The bowling alley space makes up 16,400 square feet of the facility, featuring 32 bowling lanes, along with a state-of-the-art sound, light, and scoring system to enhance the bowling experience.

Because it is primarily a bowling facility, the slab-on-grade floor has two different levels. The lower level with the bowling lanes needed a super-flat floor slab, but no underground utilities. Therefore, that slab was cast first and tilt-up wall panel forming began while the undergound utilities for the restaurant, restrooms, and locker rooms were installed and preparations made to cast the upper floor area.

To allow erection of the structural steel to take place inside the building, several panels on the north end of the building were left out until the steel erection process was approximately 90% complete. At that point, the remaining structural steel was moved inside the building shell. While erection detailing was performed at the other end of the building, the remaining three panels were formed, concrete placed using a 5,000 psi mix and erected # all within five days. Structural steel erection was then completed.

One of the most interesting construction feats on this project was the installation of the 36-foot diameter moon, which was made from foam sandwiched between layers of fiberglass. The moon extends down 7 feet from the ceiling and spans the ceiling of the restaurant portion.

The Lunar Bowl was a successful design-build project, with Meyer Bros. Building Co. as the general contractor, LJB Inc. as the structural engineer, Bozich Architects providing the architecture and Tom Nicholas as the interior designer.

DIV 03: Tilt-Up: CON/STEEL Tilt-Up Systems.
DIV 08: Entrances & Storefronts: EFCO Corporation; Glass: Visteon.
DIV 09: Ceiling Tile: BPB Celotex; Grid: Chicago Metallic; Paint: Sherwin Williams; Wallcoverings: MDC; Metal Studs: Dietrich Industries; Drywall: United States Gypsum; Grout: TEC an H.B. Fuller company; VCT: Armstrong.
DIV 10: Operable Partitions: Hufcor.

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