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  • 2 “Wise Guys” = 2 New Stockholders

    December 10, 2012

    Congratulations to Matt Carlile and Lyle Pudwill for being named Associate + Stockholder for Confluence!

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  • 2012 ASLA Iowa Chapter Awards

    October 23, 2012

    On October 18, 2012 Confluence accepted the following awards from the ASLA Iowa Chapter at the Fall Awards Gala:

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    • * 2012 Award of Merit for Design (Built) for Tifereth Israel Synagogue

      * 2012 Award of Honor for Design (Unbuilt) for Open Spaces Sacred Places Healing Garden

      We are excited and honored to accept the awards for these projects.

  • 2012 Bi-State KS-MO APA Chapter Conference

    October 8, 2012

    Terry Berkbuegler is leading a Mobile Workshop Tour of the Main Street Corridor and the 2nd Street Corridor in Kansas City as part of the 2012 Bi-State KS-MO APA Chapter Conference on October 10th.

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    • This tour of a number of Kansas City’s downtown revitalization efforts will showcase two of Confluence’s award winning projects and their impact on the economic vitality of the neighborhoods they serve.


  • 2012 Staff Retreat

    October 1, 2012

    Our staff traveled to St. Louis, Missouri for our Staff Retreat this year. We had a great time team building and seeing the sites of St. Louis- some of the major stops on our “tour” were zipping at Eco Zipline Tours, Missouri Botanical Gardens for a personal tour with Ben Chu of the Japanese Gardens, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, and the Gateway Arch.

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    • Overall it was a wonderful trip and a special thanks goes out to Lori Miller from our Des Moines office for planning the event!

  • Congratulations!

    August 29, 2012

    Jill Boetger recently passed all sections of the LARE and will soon add to the growing list of licensed professional landscape architects at Confluence. Great job Jill!!

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  • First Building on Campus to earn LEED Platinum Certification

    August 8, 2012

    The new University of Iowa Information Technology Facility (ITF) has become the first building on campus to earn LEED Platinum certification.

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    • The site design for the University of Iowa Technology Facility sought to achieve several goals in contributing toward LEED Platinum Certification: choosing a site that had been previously disturbed by construction; restoring or protecting 50% of the site (not counting the building footprint); providing open space equal to the building footprint; reducing the amount of storm water runoff by collecting in a retention basin and allowing it to infiltrate into the ground; improving the quality of the storm water runoff by collecting and filtering out particulates and reducing water usage by choosing native plants.

      For more information regarding this project, please see the article published on the University of Iowa’s website at http://sustainability.uiowa.edu/data-center-earns-leed-platinum/

  • Greenway Phase One Open to the Public!

    June 22, 2012

    Greenway Phase One construction is complete and now open to the public! Feel free to bike the trails, kayak the river, or take in the scenery from the amphitheater seatwalls, river steps, or any of the benches located throughout the project.

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    • Stop by the site at night to experience the illuminated piers and nighttime ambiance of Sioux Falls’ Big Sioux River as exists nowhere else in our City! Landscaping is fully installed throughout the project.

      A Downtown Riverfront Grand Opening Celebration was held on June 8, 2012 with several hundred people in attendance. Speakers included Mayor Heuther, Parks Director Don Kearney, and local business owners including Jeff Scherschligt. Free live music and a battle of the arts entertained the crowds into the night, with a variety of refreshments served by local food vendors.

      Phase Two construction will begin in July, and will include improvements to the east bank of the Big Sioux River south from 8th Street to former River Ramp location. Additional information and updates are also available at http://www.siouxfalls.org/parks/park-planning/Projects/greenway.aspx


  • The Bay Opens

    May 29, 2012

    On Friday, May 25th, the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a Friends and Family “Free Swim” at The Bay.

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    • Confluence led a talented design team that began the master planning process in 2009 for this wonderful new addition to the Hickman Mills neighborhood of Kansas City. Once funding was approved for implementation of The Bay, our team was tasked with a very aggressive design and construction schedule.  Being there to see the smiles on the faces of kids of all ages when the gates opened and to hear all of their positive comments was a great reward for our team’s efforts to complete this exciting new aquatics facility on time.

  • Just Completed: Main Street Streetscape – Phase One

    May 1, 2012

    The Main Street Corridor Development Corporation (MainCor) hosted “The Main Event” on May 1, 2012 to celebrate their 30th Anniversary. Attended by staff in our Kansas City office, the festivities included a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Phase One of the Main Street Streetscape project as well as the dedication of the new Thomas G. Patterson Plaza.

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  • 2012 ASLA Central States Awards

    April 27, 2012

    Confluence receives three 2012 ASLA Central States Awards for our work on the following projects:

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    • –    Main Street District: 2012 Merit Award – Corridor History Program

      –    University of Iowa Arts Campus Master Plan: 2012 Merit Award – Design

      –    Drake University 28th Street Improvements: 2012 Merit Award – Design

      Congratulations to all team members of these projects and thank you for your hard work and dedication!


      ALSA Central States Awards are given for outstanding contributions to the practice of landscape architecture.  Awards in both Professional and Student competitions are available in the following categories:

      –    Design (built)

      –    Design (unbuilt)

      –    Planning and Analysis

      –    Research

      –    Communications

  • EPA Roundtable Discussion

    April 16, 2012

    On behalf of Confluence and the Kansas City Industrial Council, Terry Berkbuegler will be part of an EPA Roundtable Discussion on Sustainable Industry in the Midwest on April 18, 2012 at the Faultess Starch Event Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

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    •  The Environmental Protection Agency and Faultless Starch/Bon Ami Company invite you to participate in an event to discuss Sustainable Industry. This is an opportunity to discuss issues directly affecting the region’s diverse industrial base of manufacturing, communications, commerce, hospitality, healthcare and agriculture. It is also an opportunity to explore how the public and private sector can partner together to help tune-up, improve and expand American manufacturing. Sustainability discussion topics will include lean manufacturing; workforce development issues; energy and resource management; green supply chain; and other opportunities. Please come and share your views.

      The event is free of charge, though pre-event registration is required and space is limited. The event is open to the press. Please RSVP to Milady Peters, peters.milday@epa.gov or 913-551-7168 no later than April 16.


  • Main Street Wins Capstone Award

    March 22, 2012

    Main Street Streetscape Phase I won a Kansas City Business Journal 2012 Capstone Award for Infrastructure. Congratulations to the team!

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  • 2011 South Dakota Ready Mix Concrete Association Award

    March 6, 2012

    The first phase of the Mary Jo Wegner and East Sioux Falls Historical Site won the SDRMCA Excellence in Ready Mix Concrete Award in Sustainability for the porous concrete pavement parking that was designed and installed as part of this project. Congratulations to the team!

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  • KC Design Week 2012: February 29 – March 7

    February 27, 2012

    Terry Berkbuegler has been invited to speak to Kansas City area high school students about careers in landscape architecture as part of “Kansas City Design Week 2012, Design Futures: High School Edition”.

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    • Terry and other area design professionals will inspire future designers, share their work, and discuss their experiences.  The event is being held on March 3rd in the Truman Auditorium of the Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch in Kansas City, Missouri.

  • Congratulations!

    February 8, 2012

    Congratulations to Seth Gray and Mike Cedar!

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    • Both Seth and Mike recently passed all sections of the LARE and will soon add to the growing list of licensed professional landscape architects at Confluence. Great job guys!!

  • 2012 Iowa Bicycle Summit

    January 20, 2012

    Confluence is attending the 2012 Iowa Bicycle Summit on January 27-28 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

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    • If you haven’t attended the Iowa Bicycle Summit & Expo yet, this is the year to circle January 27 & 28 on your calendar now. The 2012 event promises to be better than ever before with more vendor exhibits, free advocacy workshops, and new trail building sessions. The Iowa Bicycle Summit is hosted by th Iowa Bicycle Coalition.


  • Old Town Coralville

    January 19, 2012

    The City of Coralville hired Confluence to lead a visioning process to create a master plan for redeveloping and revitalizing this area, while integrating necessary flood mitigation and protection measures.

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    • Confluence facilitated a series of stakeholder and community meetings to establish a new collective vision for the area, obtain input and guidance during the planning process, and achieve consensus on a preferred master plan. The plan anticipates an urban mixed-use development character with a community amphitheater, public art and open space features, and a trail system along the riverfront.

      For more information about the current status of this project, check out this arcticle from the Press Citizen.

  • Intern Landscape Architect

    January 3, 2012

    Confluence is accepting resumes for the position of Intern Landscape Architect in its Kansas City, Missouri and Des Moines, Iowa offices.

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    • Confluence provides a diverse range of landscape architectural and planning services for clients throughout the Midwest. For more information please review our website.

      Position Description:  We are looking for a 4th – 5th year Landscape Architecture student or entry level graduate for a 6 to 9 month temporary internship position beginning in January 2012. Candidates should be self motivated, enthusiastic, and enjoy working in a collaborative, team-oriented environment. Proficiency with AutoCAD, SketchUp, and Adobe Suite required. Additional graphic skills and 3D computer rendering capabilities are preferred but not required.

      To Apply for Opening:  Submit resumes and electronic portfolios to employment@thinkconfluence.com. Please include either “KC Intern Position” or “DM Intern Position” in the subject line of your email.