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Cerner names roads in its new south Kansas City office campus

Cerner Corp. released this map showing roadways planned within its Innovations campus under construction in south Kansas City.
Cerner Corp. released this map showing roadways planned within its Innovations campus under construction in south Kansas City.

Cerner Corp. has chosen an official address for its new Innovations campus under construction in south Kansas City and has named roadways on the property between 87th and 95th streets.

The property is part of a 10-year, $4.45 billion plan, the largest such development under way in Missouri. The campus is designed to include 16 buildings eventually and may house as many as 16,000 workers, according to company projections.

The new address filed with the city is 8779 Hillcrest Road, with the number “deliberately chosen to reflect the company’s history,” the company said.

The 79 reflects that Cerner was founded in 1979. The 87 partly reflects that 1987 was the health care information technology company’s first full year as a public company. And, as if further rationale was needed, the company said 8779, when converted to an international encoding standard, equates to a symbol that denotes three trails.

The company at one time had considered naming the 290-acre campus after the historic Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails that crossed the south Kansas City area.

Within the campus, Cerner has renamed Hillcrest Road between 87th and 95th streets. On the northern stretch, it will be called Health Care. On the southern stretch it will be called Information Technology. The name will switch at the campus centerpoint, a roundabout at the main office towers.

The campus road system will include 15 drives or roadways, all named after pioneers in health care or technology. Cerner said its health care honorees include:

Jonas Salk, polio vaccine inventor; Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin; Percy Lavon Julian, a chemist; Marie Curie, Nobelist pioneer in radioactivity; Louis Pasteur, father of microbiology; Edward Jenner, father of immunology; Gertrude B. Elion, drug developer; Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing; and Wilhelm Röntgen, pioneer in X-ray research.

Cerner named its computer science honorees as:

Alan Turing, father of computer science; Grace Hopper, compiler for a computer programming language; Charles Babbage, programmable computer inventor; George Boole, inventor of Boolean algebra; Jean Bartik, pioneer in programming; Donald Knuth, pioneer in computer science, algorithms; John von Neumann, pioneer in mathematics, computing and nuclear research; Alonzo Church, pioneer in computer science, mathematical logic and lambda calculus; and Ada Lovelace, the mother of computer science.

Each building on the campus will be given an internal number, starting with the first two office towers, which will serve as the main visitors’ entrance and will carry the building number 1024.

Cerner said every building on the Innovations campus will follow a numbering system based in powers of two, a common system in computer science and math. The building number 1024 converts in bytes to one kilobyte.

Diane Stafford: 816-234-4359, @kcstarstafford

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