January 10, 2014

Downtown office tower will reopen Monday

The 30-story 1201 Walnut building had been closed since a ruptured fire sprinkler water line knocked out key building systems Tuesday night.

A downtown Kansas City office tower used by more than 1,000 employees will reopen Monday after being closed for three days because of damage caused by a ruptured fire sprinkler water pipe.

Copaken Brooks, the landlord of the 1201 Walnut building, said remediation and repairs had been going on since the first-floor sprinkler broke late Tuesday, frozen by the subzero temperatures. The water drained into the basement, where it damaged key building systems.

“Building management has worked tirelessly with several key Kansas City vendors. … As a result of these combined efforts, the building will reopen to the public on Monday morning,” the landlord said in a statement Friday.

The 30-story office tower, which opened in 1991, is about 85 percent occupied, its major tenant being the Stinson Leonard Street law firm, formerly Stinson Morrison. Other tenants include BKD Technologies, Data Systems International, Gallagher Metzler Insurance, the law firm of Rouse Hendricks German May and Grant Thornton.

No damage estimate was provided by Copaken Brooks.

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