Our Approach

  • Burlington Corridor Complete Street Design

    October 27, 2015

    Confluence is leading a team to identify recommended improvements for the Burlington Corridor Complete Street Design. The goal of this effort is to create a destination district served by all modes of transportation.

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    • The City of North Kansas City and Mid-America Regional Council are working with a Confluence-led design team, to identify recommended improvements for the Burlington Corridor Complete Street Design. The goals of this project include:

      – Transform the corridor’s physical appearance – embracing the existing industrial character to strengthen NKC’s authentic sense of place.

      – Support future private-sector revitalization and redevelopment activities throughout the corridor through sustainable infrastructure investment and beautification.

      – Integrate all modes of transportation into the future vision for the corridor – including vehicles, transit, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

      The project builds on previous and on-going City studies. Community engagement is an important part of this project, and opportunities for the City’s Advisory Committee and North Kansas City residents/business owners to provide input have been integrated into our team’s design process. The plan is anticipated to be completed in early 2016.

  • Olathe Park Master Plans

    September 11, 2015

    We were recently selected to develop master plans for Olathe’s Cedar Lake and Lake Olathe Parks. The project will include a rigorous public engagement process, resulting in facilities and programs unique to the metro area.

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    • Confluence has been retained to lead a multi-disciplinary team to develop two park master plans for the City of Olathe, Kansas. Cedar Lake is a 129-acre community park acquired by the City in 1920. The 75-acre lake was the first water source for the community. Lake Olathe Park is a 378-acre community park containing a 170 acre lake. This park was purchased by the City in 1959 and provided the City’s main water source until 2005.

      As part of the process, Confluence will lead a rigorous public engagement process, resulting in master plans that provide the residents of Olathe with facilities and programs that are unique within the metro area. When the master plans are completed in early 2016, Confluence will begin final design for both parks with construction of the $13 million project scheduled to begin in mid-2016.






  • 420 Court

    August 26, 2015

    Construction has started on a new full-service Hy-Vee in Des Moines’ historic Court Avenue District. The project also includes a residential tower providing market rate apartments and an adjacent parking structure.

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    • Confluence is part of the multi-disciplinary team designing a new mixed-use building to be located on what is now a city-owned parking lot along Court Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets in Des Moines’ Court Avenue Historic District. The project will included a 35,000-square foot Hy-Vee grocery store on the main level to include laundry service, a coffee shop (tentatively expected to be a Starbucks) and a Hy-Vee Market Grille restaurant with outdoor seating along Court Avenue. A residential tower is planned above the food store providing approximately 80 market rate apartments. Surface parking is being provided as well as 107-stall parking ramp, located south of the building. Stormwater detention is planned to be underground. The delivery/loading dock is located off of 5th Street at the southwest corner of the building. The food store will be accessed by main doors at both the north and south sides of the building as wells as secondary entries along Court and 4th Street. Access to the residential units is provided off at the northwest corner of the building along 5th Street as well as at the southeast corner of the building along 4th Street.

  • Diamond Creek Trail

    July 31, 2015

    The Diamond Valley Trail Spur project is part of the City of Sioux Falls’ multi-phase plans to expand the recreational trail system and create safe connections between an existing community wide recreational trail loop and outlying neighborhoods.

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    • This project includes 0.52 miles of new trail from the Old Yankton Trail Bridge at Farmfield Park on West 57th Street to S. Western Avenue, including a bike and pedestrian underpass at W. 57th Street using an existing box culvert that was specifically designed and constructed for use as an underpass.



  • The C2C Plan

    July 1, 2015

    This community-focused plan will establish a physical and policy-based long range plan to guide growth and development in Story County, IA over the next 20 years.

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    • Confluence is part of a multi-disciplinary team being led by MSA Professional Services retained to assist Story County, Iowa in developing a Coordinated Long Range Plan known as The C2C Plan: From Cornerstone to Capstone, to serve as a roadmap to guide growth and development over the next 20 years. This effort builds on the County’s comprehensive work over the past 50+ years.

      The plan will focus on housing; economic development; transportation; service, community facilities and infrastructure; environmental and natural resources; land use; fringe area planning; and intergovernmental cooperation.

      An important component of the planning process is community and stakeholder engagement. A series of public meetings have been held throughout the County and an online survey is available here to allow residents to provide their thoughts and opinions on a range of topics. A website has been developed for the project and the planning team and County are also using social media outlets including Facebook and Twitter to disseminate information.



  • Whiterock Conservancy

    May 29, 2015

    Confluence has been assisting in the planning and design of an extensive 30 mile trail system. The first phase of the project recently opened and other segments are now under construction.

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    • For several years, Confluence has been assisting Whiterock Conservancy in the planning and design of an extensive trail system on their property near Coon Rapids. The first phase of the trail recently opened and other segments are now under construction.

      The project consists of 18 miles of 3’ wide single track natural surface trail; 6 miles of 4’ wide surfaced horse trail; 2 miles of 8’ wide surfaced double track trail and 12 miles of mown trail. The project also includes three armored stream crossings, stream bank restoration, boardwalks and bridges.

      Whiterock Conservancy is an Iowa non-profit, 501(c)(3), land trust dedicated to conserving and protecting Iowa’s natural resources and engaging the public with the environment through outdoor recreation and education.


  • Coralville West Land Use Area

    May 18, 2015

    Confluence is leading the visioning; market analysis; and development of a master plan, land use plan, zoning overlay and design guidelines for this important growth area. The community is encouraged to participate through a series of public meetings and workshops.

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    • Confluence is leading a multi-disciplinary planning team to assist the City of Coralville, Iowa in building upon the recently adopted 2014 Coralville Community Plan by establishing a clear vision for the future of the West Land Use Area. The West Land Use Area is located between I-380 and Coral Ridge Avenue/Highway 965, south of Forevergreen Road, and north of I-80.

      The plan includes visioning; a market analysis to determine demand and absorption rates for housing, office, and retail space; a conceptual master plan and refined land use plan; and design guidelines and zoning overlay. This plan will also ensure that infrastructure and water distribution, sanitary sewer collection, and storm water drainage utilities are developed to meet future needs.

      Community input is an important component in establishing the vision for this area and the planning team has already facilitated several public meetings to allow community members to contribute ideas about the future of this important growth area. Meeting formats have included open houses, presentations and the use of keypad polling to gather the community’s preferences on various aspects of the development.


  • Putting the PARK in parking space

    April 29, 2015

    The Confluence/Structura designed parklet is ready to return for the summer of 2015 but it needs a home!

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    • During the summer of 2013, Confluence partnered with Structura, a local site furnishing fabricator, to create Kansas City’s first “Parklet” which is designed to transform an on-street parking space into a vibrant pedestrian amenity. The project incorporates wood decking, bench seating, solar powered lighting and low maintenance landscaping that extend the sidewalk experience to provide a unique opportunity for customer seating and PR opportunities.

      From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the parklet was installed in front of YJ’s Snack Bar at 18th and Wyandotte in Kansas City’s Crossroads Art District and attracted patrons and media attention from across the metro area. In 2014, the parklet was located in front of The Brick at 1727 McGee and will soon be ready for another season of use. We are seeking applications from businesses interested in hosting the parklet for the 2015 season. Click here for more information.




  • Carroll Corridor of Commerce

    April 16, 2015

    Confluence is currently working on plans for the eighth phase of streetscape improvements in downtown Carroll, Iowa.

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    • Confluence originally prepared a master plan for Carroll, Iowa’s Corridor of Commerce in 2003. Since that time, we have been involved in seven phases of implementation. The City Council recently approved a contract for design work for Phase 8 which will extend the improvements along Main Street from the Union Pacific Railroad lines to Fifth Street and the east and west sides; West Street from Fifth Street to Seventh Street on the east and west sides; and Fifth Street from West Street to Carroll Street on the north side. Bid-letting is scheduled for May with a construction start scheduled in June.


  • Kuhnert Arboretum

    April 3, 2015

    The City of Aberdeen received a grant to build the first phase of a children’s garden, to include nature play elements, at the Kuhnert Arboretum.

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    • The Aberdeen Parks and Recreation department was awarded a $20,000 grant from the 3M Foundation to develop the Children’s Garden Area at the Kuhnert Arboretum. As identified in the Confluence-developed Arborteum Master Plan, the Children’s Garden consists of a space filled with natural components organized to encourage structured and unstructured play and learning. More specifically, this nature space will foster an early connection for children with nature and promote future environmental stewardship, provide an opportunity for physical and creative children activities, and support children’s physical, intellectual, and socio-emotional development.

  • North Scott Corridor

    March 27, 2015

    The City of Belton, Missouri selected Confluence to lead a community-driven planning process to establish a unifying vision for the future of this important two mile corridor.

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    • The two-mile North Scott Corridor serves as the northern gateway into the City of Belton from the adjacent US 49 Highway Corridor. However, the physical appearance and mixture of land uses along the corridor needs significant revitalization.

      The City of Belton selected Confluence to facilitate a community-driven planning process to establish a unifying vision for the future of this important corridor. An Advisory Committee was engaged in a series of collaborative meetings to explore alternative land uses, future configuration options for the roadway, and opportunities for enhancement and revitalization. Opportunities for community input were also integrated, with two public meetings and online opportunities for comments and ideas to be shared, culminating in consensus and unanimous adoption by the City of Belton’s City Council.

      The plan calls for future land use along the corridor, enhancement of the streetscape character, a new gateway arrival area at the 155th Street interchange, strengthened connections to emerging retail areas to the east, provision of future green space, and creation of design guidelines to enhance future development quality and character.

  • Milbank Avera Community Hospital

    March 11, 2015

    This new facility will provide an environment that is inviting and patient-friendly with easy way-finding and additional space for outreach specialty care.

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    • Confluence is working with Perspective on the Avera Milbank Area Hospital & Clinic Replacement Facility. Located on an 18 acre site, the 77,250 square foot facility will include 29 exam rooms, 13 inpatient rooms, laboratory, pharmacy, surgery center, dialysis, emergency department, radiology, and heliport. The new facility will provide an environment that is inviting and patient-friendly with easy to use way-finding and additional space for outreach specialty care. The goals of the new facility include quality patient care and a focus on technology. The new facility is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2016.

  • Southern Vistas Park

    January 23, 2015

    Plans are currently out for bid on a new neighborhood park on the west side of Sioux Falls next to Pettigrew Elementary.

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    • Southern Vistas Park is a planned neighborhood park on a 7 acre site adjacent to the R.F. Pettigrew Elementary School on the west side of Sioux Falls. The park will be constructed and maintained under a joint agreement between the City Parks & Recreation Department and the Sioux Falls School District. Confluence recently completed construction documents and is currently assisting our client with the bidding process.

      Planned park amenities include a half-mile looped concrete walking trail, flex field recreational open space, a new chain link backstop, park picnic shelter, drinking fountain, park signage, bike racks, accessible bench seating areas, additional trees and areas of low maintenance landscape plantings, and interpretive education nodes with stamped concrete pavement.  The park will provide neighborhood gathering spaces, additional sports team after hours practice space, as well as expanded educational opportunities and recess space for adjacent Pettigrew elementary school children.

      Bids are due at the end of January, with park construction scheduled to commence at the end of the 2014/15 school year. The new park is scheduled to be substantially complete and ready for enjoyment in time for the start of the Fall 2015 school year.  An R.F. Pettigrew school addition and playground expansion is also currently under construction by the Sioux Falls School District.