Our Approach

  • Wonder Studio

    February 12, 2018

    Confluence along with partner Helix Architecture + Design are transforming a former printing shop on Wichita State University’s campus into an innovative early education studio called Wonder.

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    • Confluence developed an outdoor lab – focusing on spaces for exploration, imagination and physical play, by creating an environ that encourages discovery, connecting with nature, has scalable play features that test children’s limits and develop a texture experience that defines spaces. We are excited to be a part of this amazing project

  • North Service Area

    January 17, 2018

    Confluence was privileged to spend time in Minneapolis collaborating in a week long charrette to develop master plans for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board North Service Area.

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    • The event titled Design Week was created to bring together talented individuals to design 30+ parks through a series of community engagement, data download, hand sketching, rendering and internal and public presentations culminating in multiple concepts for each park that will be presented to the Community in upcoming open house events. The group was comprised of four national designers, two local designers, six members of the Confluence team and multiple members of the MRPB. The event was a success with over two hundred members of the public attending the two public events.

      The designers included Diane Jones Allen Principal of DesignJones, Janelle Johnson Senior Landscape Architect of Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, Nina Chase Principal of Merritt Chase, Keiji Asakura Principal of Asakura Robinson, Jason Aune Principal of Aune Fernandez Landscape Architecture Sarah Sutherland Principal of Studio Gro, members of Confluence including Kansas City Principal Chris Cline, Omaha Principal Dolores Silkworth, Cedar Rapids Principal Patrick Alvord, Minneapolis Principal Terry Minarik, and Minneapolis Team members Brad Aldrich and Emily Neuenschwander. The event was led by MPRB project Adam Arvidson and team members, Colleen O’Dell, Adam Lares and Daniel Elias. MPRB Staff, local agencies, city of Minneapolis staff, and the project Community Advisory Committee provided input throughout the process.