Cookie Construction Build Day

Nearly 6 months of ideas, learning and hard work came to fruition on the morning of Saturday, March 7! Nearly 50 Girl Scouts ascended upon Crown Center, armed with glue, tape, scissors, hot glue guns, paint brushes, visions and plans to finally bring their ideas to life at Cookie Construction Build Day.

For the past six months, Girl Scouts have been working on five different teams to design three-dimensional structures solely out of Girl Scout cookie boxes. Each team, led by a group of female professionals in the design industry, has learned the ins and outs of the architecture and design process!

Participating in Cookie Construction has been no easy feat. This program has been intensive, demanding and at times possibly taxing…similar to what being a real life architect is like. Cookie Construction encourages Girl Scouts to stretch out of their comfort zone, give and take in a team environment and put their creative minds to work. Our Girl Scouts triumphed and their work was reworded ten-fold on the Build Day when the public, the press, the Girl Scout council, their mentors and families finally were able to witness and appreciate all their hard work in person.

Much like in the professional design field, the reward is in the final product.  But, for these girls the reward was also in the entire process. They made new Girl Scout friends outside of their troop, built student/mentor relationships with female professionals, learned about themselves and their abilities, gained an understanding of how to work with different abilities, opinions and personalities and developed courage and confidence in themselves.

During the Award Ceremony, Mayor Sly James commended these young women on their hard work and dedication to the Cookie Construction program. He even made them take an oath that they would grow up and use their talents to better and strengthen the Kansas City community!

“I, do hear by promise that regardless of where I go to school and whether I become an architect, engineer or generally a good person, and whether I decide after college to go spend a couple years someplace else, even though that’s not a good idea, I promise to return back to Kansas City, build great things, do great things, make my community better, and make parents and grandparents extremely happy.”

“I expect to see each and every one of you back here!” Mayor Sly James said.

So, what did these teams do with 5,000 Girl Scout Cookie boxes and the prompt of “I can’t wait to…”?? Take a look for yourself:

Discover the World

By: The Creative Innovators


See the Amazing Cookie Race

By: The Cookie Cadettes


Be the Real Me in KC

By: The Lady Royals


Get to the Candy Castle

By: The Designing Divas


Explore Girl Scout Cultures of the World

By: Team Chantilly


So how was just ONE winner chosen? It wasn’t easy, just ask our five jurors: Kennetra Pulliams, Time Warner Cable Sports Channel Anchor/Reporter; Susan Richards Johnson, AIA, Senior Principal, Susan Richards Johnson & Associates; Laura Lesniewski, AIA, Principal, BNIM; Carol Hallquist, President at Hallmark Corporate Foundation; and, Richard Wetzel, AIA and former Girl Scout Board Member, Partner, Centric Projects.

Using a rubric, these judges evaluated each structure on several elements and aspects including creativity in design, structural design, use of color/labels, craftsmanship and adherence to rules and regulations. Ultimately, the Juror’s Choice Award winner were The Lady Royals for their structure depicting Kansas City. They loved the creativity of including important aspects of the city, as well as including additional elements that were important to the members of the team such as a culinary institute and homeless shelter. They loved the quality of the structure overall and one judge even said “had I built Union Station like that in grad school, I would have received an ‘A’!”


Anne Johnston, Manager of Community Partners said “It was inspiring to see what our Girl Scouts worked so hard on over six months and built in four short hours. Their creativity and teamwork throughout this entire process has amazed me.”

This program wouldn’t have been possible without our presenting sponsor Time Warner Cable , and our program partners The American Institute of Architects Kansas City (AIA Kansas City),Women in Design Kansas City (WiD KC),  and  Crown Center.

A very special thank you goes out to the Team Leads and design firms who worked with our Girl Scouts for the past six months: Samantha McCloud & Lillian Cooper, Gastinger Walker Harden + BeeTriplett Buck; Megan Kenna, Atlantic Engineering Group; Allison Vandever & Whitley Fields, SFS Architecture; Jessica Symons & Meredith Dabney, HTK Architects; Kate Dale, Essence of Australia; Alexandra Connors, Populous; Kirby Thomas, DLR Group; Cassiday Love; Phaedra Svec & Emily Thompson, BNIM; Rosemary Nelson, ACI Boland; Laura Nies, Burns & McDonnell; Tori Jarquio, MM Property & Remodeling; Hannah Grbavac, Lisa Schmitz Interior Design.

Structures will be on display at Crown Center through March 27. Be sure to cast your vote for “People’s Choice Award” before the structures come down!

We are happy to announce that Cookie Construction will be an annual event! Registration for 2016 will be open late this summer!

See more photos from the event on our Facebook Page!

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