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  • Streetcar Extension

    June 2, 2017

    Confluence was proud to be part of the team that explored the feasibility of a riverfront extension to the KC Streetcar.

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    • The study explored a variety of routes to the riverfront, funding alternatives, and potential bike/pedestrian connections. The results of the study were presented to the public on May 31 at an open house.

  • Just Doing Our Job

    May 16, 2017

    If we do our jobs well it’s our clients who really win. This season’s ASLA awards have given us a few more certificates for our walls, though, totaling 8 awards for 7 projects in 6 cities.

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    • Every day we strive to make a difference in our communities, creating places that have a positive effect on people and our environment. If we do our job well, it’s our clients who win. Winning an award for this work just gives us a small assurance that we truly did our best and made the most out of the opportunity for the client and the community. That’s what it’s all about.

      So when we submitted our best work to our industry’s award programs this year and received EIGHT new certificates for our walls over the last few weeks, of course we were pretty stoked.  But we know who really won – our clients in the cities of Minneapolis, North Kansas City, Des Moines, Overland Park, Wichita and Kansas City.

      Minneapolis South Service Area Master Plan 
      Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board
      Merit Award for Planning and Analysis – ASLA Minnesota

      Burlington Corridor Complete Streets Plan
      The City of North Kansas City / Mid-America Regional Council
      Merit Award for Planning and Analysis – ASLA Central States
      Honor Award for Planning and Analysis – ASLA Prairie Gateway

      Gray’s Lake Park – Master Plan Update
      Des Moines Parks & Recreation Department
      Award for Design (Unbuilt) – ASLA Central States

      Walnut Street Corridor Retail Study
      The City of Des Moines, Iowa
      Merit Award for Communication – ASLA Central States

      Arboretum Visitor Center & Sculpture Garden Master Plan
      Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park
      Merit Award for Design (Unbuilt) – ASLA Prairie Gateway

      Art Garden at Wichita Art Museum
      The Wichita Art Museum
      Honor Award for Design (Built) – ASLA Prairie Gateway
      2017 Keeper of The Plains Award

      KC Downtown Streetcar – The Starter Line
      Kansas City Public Works Department / Kansas City Streetcar Authority
      Merit Award for Design (Built) – ASLA Prairie Gateway

  • Park Planning with the Public

    April 10, 2017

    Chris Shires presented ‘Park Planning with the Public’ to the 2017 Nebraska Annual Planning Conference in Kearney, Nebraska on March 9th, 2017.

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    • Chris collaborated with J. Benjamin Champ, AICP, EDFP, ASLA, Assistant City Manager & Community Development Director at City of Pleasant Hill, IA on the presentation.  Following the adoption of a new Parks Master Plan in 2015, the City of Pleasant Hill in Central Iowa immediately began the planning of a new community park envisioned in the plan. When designing a new park, it is important to remember the three P’s of planning: Preparation, Participation, and Patience. This session provided an overview of the park planning process and lessons learned for Pleasant Hill Park in Pleasant Hill, Iowa.