Our Approach

  • Main Street Streetscape – Phase 4

    November 17, 2017

    Confluence is leading the design process on the final phase of the streetscape design for Kansas City’s Main Street, responding to surrounding redevelopment and integrating a reintroduction of streetcar infrastructure to the corridor.

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    • Confluence facilitated an open community driven design process that allowed stakeholders and the community to reshape Kansas City’s Main Street. This corridor has seen the city grow up around it, serving as a streetcar line and primary artery connecting some of Kansas City’s most notable commercial and tourist districts as well as many of the City’s urban residential neighborhoods. This new streetscape program provides a much needed face lift and continues to build on the momentum surrounding some recently completed redevelopment and revitalization efforts along the corridor.

  • Rock Island Corridor

    August 21, 2017

    Confluence is currently collaborating with Burns and McDonnell and TranSystems on the Rock Island Corridor. The corridor is being transformed from an old rail line to a multi-use trail from the Kansas City stadiums down to Lee’s Summit.

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    • Confluence has been tasked with developing the trailheads for the project.  The Raytown trailhead illustrates the opportunities to create a destination and spark up some transportation oriented development. For more information, click here.

  • Champions Ridge / Waverly, Iowa

    July 29, 2017

    Confluence is collaborating with a team of dedicated community members to create a master plan and design for a new 80-acre fairground for Bremer County.

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    • The project has passed major hurdles earlier this year, with the City of Waverly expressing support for the project and approving land purchases.

      Champions Ridge Website

  • Hawk Ridge Park

    June 2, 2017

    Confluence was selected as part of a multi-disciplinary team to lead the implementation of the first phase of the Hawk Ridge Park Master Plan creating a signature park facility for the City of Raymore, Missouri.

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    • Phase I park improvements include an amphitheater to accommodate gatherings and festivals, an inclusive playground designed for all generations, shelter with restrooms, loop trail, and accessible dock and fishing jetty allowing for access to the lake edge. When completed in the first quarter of 2018, this facility will expand upon the vision established in the Master Plan to provide residents with opportunities for extended visits and gathering spaces fulfilling the needs of the City for signature parks and recreational facilities.

  • Lincoln Children’s Zoo

    May 16, 2017

    Design work for a Lincoln Children’s Zoo expansion is running at a cheetah’s pace towards the finish line at the end of May.

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    • Funny man Larry the Cable Guy has been the face of fundraising and a signature donor for this $12 million dollar expansion of the Zoo which will include a new Lincoln Public Schools education facility, gift shop, donor wall, amphitheater, naturalized runnel water feature, Red Panda exhibit, Giraffe barn and feeding deck, and Tiger exhibit. Construction is underway and should be completed in the Spring of 2019!

  • Embracing the River

    April 10, 2017

    Our Minneapolis office has been helping the City of St.Cloud, Minnesota plan for how to embrace the Mississippi River after years of turning downtown’s back on it. Check out Minnesota Public Radio’s take on it.

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    • The Mississippi River winds right through the middle of town but the city of St. Cloud, Minnesota (just north of Minneapolis) hasn’t always embraced it. For years, buildings literally turned their backs on the river with their entrances directly on the other side and no real access to the river for anyone. But civic leaders asked Confluence to help them with a vision for changing all that.

      Terry Minarik and his staff in the Minneapolis office came up with several options for creating a linear park, giving people access to the river and reconnecting a river town to one of the great American rivers. City and business leaders see this as just the first step in a new generation of downtown development and recreation opportunities in St. Cloud.

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  • BluHawk Mixed-Use Development

    February 9, 2017

    Confluence is working with Price Brothers to create a master plan for a vibrant 300-acre mixed-use development project in Overland Park, Kansas.

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    • This project is anticipated to include retail commercial, office, hotel, and restaurant uses anchored by unique entertainment destinations.  The client’s multi-disciplinary team is continuing their work to refine plans for the project, which are slated to include a Kansas Cosmosphere museum and other unique attractions.

      Confluence is responsible for collaborating on the creation of the overall development planning including developing an overall theme to guide site hardscape and landscape enhancements, amenities, and development features, including a comprehensive development signage program for the entire project.