Landworks Studio honored for investment in downtown Olathe

Landworks Studio honored for investment in downtown Olathe

Local Landscape Architecture Firm Recognized for Investment in Downtown Olathe 

Landworks Studio was awarded the CREW KC Excellence Award for their purchase and renovation of a historic building in downtown Olathe. The award recognizes women who have made a significant impact on the greater Kansas City Commercial Real Estate Community.

“It was important to me, as well as my staff, to make a lasting investment in a developing area of Kansas City. We had rented space in downtown Olathe for over four years, but when it came to searching for a permanent home, we looked at buildings across the metro,” said Carisa McMullen, owner of Landworks Studio.  

Ultimately, McMullen landed on a key, commercial building in downtown Olathe, just a few blocks away from their previous location. The property at the intersection of Park Street and Cherry Street is known as the Patron’s Building. Its foundation dates back to 1871. Over the years, the building has housed a combination of service, retail and offices.

“Landworks Studio has had a long-standing commitment to revitalizing Olathe. The decision to stay here was a natural one,” said McMullen. 

In addition to transforming the second floor suites into Landworks Studio’s offices, McMullen has worked to include more retail tenants in the building to better meet the demands of the area. To this end, the renovation included much needed storefront improvements. While some of the building’s original businesses have stayed, a new retailer has been added to mix, Park Street Pastry.

The project has provided a boost to the area, while also being an accurate representation of CREW KC’s mission. Throughout the project, McMullen relied on connections she had made through her membership. Laura Fornelli assisted in the search for a space. Morgan Schulte, of First National Bank, was also involved in the project, as well as Amy Slattery of Odimo who created the architectural plans for the remodel.

Landworks Studio

Founded in 2000, Landworks Studio is a landscape architecture firm who has made it their mission to engage and inspire people by designing original and timeless outdoor spaces. Their portfolio includes completed parks and recreation, transportation and streetscapes, commercial and mixed-use, and healthcare and housing projects. They also provide master planning, visual communications, sustainability, signage and community engagement services.  Landworks Studio is certified WBE in Kansas and Missouri. Learn more at