2020 Capstone Awards: Meet the honorees, judges

This year’s Capstone honorees show the breadth of Kansas City’s real estate development last year.

The Kansas City Business Journal honors 30 projects that were selected from more than 100 submissions.

Honorees were chosen by a panel of judges who looked at many factors, including project size, community impact and innovation.

Winners were selected in the following categories: adaptive reuse, architectural design, community impact, sustainability, infrastructure, mixed-use, multifamily, office, retail and transaction.

And for the first time, KCBJ gave a “Power Player” award for continued achievement in real estate. This year’s recipient is Ken Block, managing principal of Block Real Estate Services LLC. You can click here to read a profile of Block from this week’s issue.

To be honored, each Capstone project had to be move-in ready by the end of 2019.

The awards go to the developers, brokers, architects, contractors, financiers and others instrumental in bringing each project to fruition.

Below, you’ll find stories about the developments and the key players that helped bring each project to fruition.


The Capstone Awards are chosen by a panel of independent judges from a variety of backgrounds. This year’s panel:

David Brain is CEO of Enfinite Capital LLC, an investment firm founded in 2017 and focused on large-scale commercial and industrial renewable energy, infrastructure and real estate assets in cooperation with Black & Veatch; OPES Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company; and Brown Cow Capital LLC, a real estate development and investment firm he founded in 2015 in Kansas City.

Courtney Kounkel is a partner at Monarch, a commercial general contractor. Previously, she was a founding partner of Centric Projects. She is the public director of AIA Kansas. In 2013, she was named as a NextGen Leader and as a member of Women Who Mean Business.

Bob Langenkamp is chief development officer at Community Builders of Kansas City, a commercial and residential development company. Previously, he was CEO of the Economic Development Corp. of Kansas City.

Erika Moody is a principal and owner at Helix Architecture + Design. She oversees strategic direction and planning and attracts top talent to the firm. Moody was honored in the Women Who Mean Business program in 2017.

Sheryl Vickers is the owner of Select Sites LLC, a commercial real estate firm and certified Women Business Enterprise. Select Sites specializes in retail tenant representation, commercial and investment acquisitions and shopping center leasing. Vickers also is co-founder of WIRED (Women in Real Estate Development) and invests time and energy in empowering women and minorities in commercial real estate.


Adaptive Reuse

Architectural Design

Community Impact


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