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  • Certified Interpretive Planner

    December 15, 2014

    Congratulations to Jessica Vanhove, recently approved as a Certified Interpretive Planner by the National Association for Interpretation!

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    • The National Association for Interpretation certifies heritage interpreters and specialists in six categories. There are currently 173 Certified Interpretive Planners in the country and Jessica is the first in South Dakota!

      Jessica has been involved in the design of interpretive signage and exhibits on a number of our projects including the Sioux Falls Downtown River Greenway; Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum and Kansas City’s Main Street Streetscape. We hope this needs no interpretation – we are proud of you, Jessica!


  • On the Move

    November 20, 2014

    Our Iowa City office has moved to Cedar Rapids.

    Please contact us at (319) 409-5401

    900 2nd St. SE, Suite 104

    Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

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  • Welcome Emily!

    October 29, 2014

    We are pleased to welcome Emily Neuenschwander to our Minneapolis office!

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    • Emily received her Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from North Dakota State University’s landscape architecture program. After graduating in 2013, Emily worked for a residential landscape design firm in Fargo before returning to her roots in the Twin Cities.

      Emily loves city life and, when not in the office, can be found running, cooking and traveling.


  • Making Places Great

    October 22, 2014

    Confluence will present three sessions at this year’s APA Upper Midwest Conference in Mason City, Iowa.

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    • On Thursday, October 23, Chris Shires will be a part of three presentations at the APA Upper Midwest Conference being held in Mason City, Iowa. Together with Brad Deets of the City of Waukee, Chris will provide an overview of strategic planning efforts and the value of master planning in Waukee, Iowa during the ‘Grand Prairie Corridor’ session.

      During ‘Creative Funding Solutions’, Mr. Shires will be part of a panel of consultant and public-sector planners who have helped implement good ideas through persistent and creative efforts to secure funding.

      The ‘There and Back Again’ session will focus on how public sector and private sector planners successfully interact to ensure a positive and successful outcome.

      The APA Upper Midwest Conference is rotated annually amongst the APA Chapters of Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. This year’s conference theme is “Making Places Great: Embracing the Past and Staging the Future”. In addition to presenting sessions, Confluence is pleased to be an event sponsor and will have a table at the expo. Please ‘plan’ to stop by and say hello! For more information, please visit http://www.iowa-apa.org/assets/files/Registration-Packet-Final(1).pdf


  • Building Sustainable Communitites

    October 13, 2014

    Confluence will present two sessions at the upcoming Missouri APA State Conference being held in St. Louis

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    • Confluence will present two sessions at the Missouri APA Conference on Wednesday, October 15. Together with representatives from MARC and the City of Merriam, Kansas, Chris Cline and Chris Shires will discuss corridor master planning during ‘Staying Ahead of the Curve – Corridor Master Planning in Merriam, Kansas, and Waukee, Iowa’. This presentation will review two case studies and provide an overview of the value of corridor planning and lessons learned: Shawnee Mission Parkway, City of Merriam, Kansas; and Grand Prairie Parkway, City of Waukee, Iowa.

      Terry Berkbuegler and PJ Novick will be part of a discussion on Green Infrastructure. This session will provide an overview and detailed examples of how green infrastructure and biodiversity are critical components of community and economic development. Green infrastructure will be discussed at a regional, community, and site scale including how a connected system of green infrastructure can create multiple benefits and how to plan for the integration of green infrastructure into our growing communities.

      The theme for the 2014 Missouri APA State Conference, being held Wednesday October 15 – Friday October 17, 2014, is Building Sustainable Communities. A number of factors contribute to the sustainability of a community including a variety of housing and transportation choices and goods and services available within walking distance. The goal of a sustainable community is to lower transportation costs, reduce air pollution and stormwater runoff, decrease infrastructure costs, preserve historic properties and sensitive lands, save people time in traffic, be more economically resilient and meet market demand for different types of housing at different price points.

      For more information, please visit http://www.mo-apa.org/2014-missouri-state-conference-schedule


  • APA-Kansas Speakers

    October 2, 2014

    Confluence will present three sessions at the upcoming APA-Kansas Annual Conference being held in Wichita Kansas.

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    • The Kansas Planning Conference, hosted by the Kansas Chapter of the American Planning Association, is the annual gathering of professional planners and planning officials in the state. The 2014 Kansas Planning Conference takes place in Wichita, Kansas October 2-3 at the Hyatt Regency. This year’s conference theme is “Planning for 3 Million”.

      On Friday, Chris Cline and Caitlin Henricksen will present “Staying Ahead of the Curve: Merriam’s Proactive Plan for Redevelopment”. As part of the “Transportation Potpourri” session, Chris Shires will discuss “Corridor Master Planning on the Urban Fringe” as it relates to Waukee, Iowa’s Grand Prairie Parkway Corridor/Kettlestone Development. Chris Cline and Terry Berkbuegler will present our recent master planning work for the Wichita Art Museum Riverview Sculpture Garden during the afternoon’s “Public Art Potpourri” session. For more information, please visit https://www.planning.org/chapters/kansas/conference/

  • Confluence Welcomes Two New Principals

    September 15, 2014

    Please join us in welcoming PJ Novick to our Kansas City office and welcoming Patrick Alvord back to our Iowa City office!

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    • Confluence is excited to announce the addition of two new principals. PJ Novick brings more than 30 years of experience to our Kansas City office. He has been responsible for the design and project management of a wide variety of parks and recreation, educational, and cultural facilities involving a multi-discipline approach to design through collaboration with planners, architects, and engineers. PJ holds a BLA from Kansas State University and a Masters of Architecture in Management from the University of Kansas.

      Patrick Alvord has rejoined Confluence to help lead the Iowa City office transition to Cedar Rapids. Patrick has over 13 years of experience in the field and brings a wealth of experience and leadership. Patrick holds duel licenses in both architecture and landscape architecture. His specific expertise in campus planning and site development for colleges, universities and corporations is just part of the reason we are glad to have him back on the Confluence team! Patrick received his BLA from Iowa State University in 1996, his Master of Architecture from Iowa State in 2001.


  • MO Main Street Awards

    August 19, 2014

    Congratulations to the City of Gladstone, MO whose Linden Square was recently recognized as an award-winning public improvement project!

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    • Linden Square at Gladstone Village Center was recognized by the Missouri Main Street Connection as an award-winning public improvement project. The award was presented at the Evening of Excellence Awards Ceremony and Dinner in conjunction with this year’s Main Street Conference held in St. Louis, Missouri.

  • Excellence in Concrete

    August 4, 2014

    Phase 2 of the SF Downtown River Greenway received an Excellence Award from the SDRMCA. Congrats to the City, SEA, Swift Contractors, Concrete Materials Company and the rest of the team!

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    • The second phase of the Sioux Falls Downtown River Greenway received an Excellence in Ready Mixed Concrete award in the category of Parking Lots, Recreation Trails and Driveways. The project, owned by the City of Sioux Falls, was truly a team effort by all involved and we are proud to be a part of it. Congratulations to the City of Sioux Falls, Structural Engineering Associates, Concrete Materials Company and Swift Contractors!

      The South Dakota Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s mission is to support the concrete industry in South Dakota and the awards program recognizes projects exhibiting quality and creativity from concept through completion.


  • And the award goes to…

    May 19, 2014

    The KC Business Journal, Urban Land Institute and ASLA recently bestowed honors on several projects in which we were involved!

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    • The Crossroads Parklet, Johnson County Justice Annex and Linden Square were among the projects to receive KC Business Journal Capstone Awards which recognize the best real estate and development projects completed in the area.

      Linden Square and the Shawnee Mission Corridor Plan were recognized as outstanding regional contributions to Landscape Architecture by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Central States Conference. Soon after, Linden Square and the Crossroads Parklet also received awards from the Prairie Gateway Chapter of ASLA.

      Linden Square and the Johnson County Justice Annex were also recognized by the Urban Land Institute Kansas City as ‘Developments of Distinction’.

      We would like to congratulate each of these award winners and everyone involved in their success! We are honored to be part of such rewarding projects which are shaping the communities in which we live and work.

  • MPRA Conference

    February 27, 2014

    At 9am on Thursday, Chris Cline and Kerry Newman (SFS Architecture) will present a session on outdoor performance venues at the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association Conference.

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    • Outdoor performance venues in both urban areas as well as park settings are growing in popularity.

      Confluence and SFS Architecture have worked together to create a number of exciting and successful outdoor event spaces including Gladstone’s Linden Square Amphitheater.

      During their 2014 Missouri Park and Recreation Association Conference session, ‘Coming Soon – Your Community Amphitheater’, you will learn how you can create a viable and exciting  outdoor performance venue for your community.

  • Des Moines Women’s Club

    January 21, 2014

    Brian Clark presented the Walnut Street Streetscape Plan to the Des Moines Women’s Club at Hoyt Sherman Place.

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    • Recently, Brian Clark presented the Walnut Street Streetscape Plan to the Des Moines Women’s Club at Hoyt Sherman Place. About 60 wonderful ladies listened to a presentation outlining the various aspects of the master plan, current retail demands in downtown, and an update on the construction schedule. Here, Brian is pictured with a member of the Des Moines Women’s Club, Pauline Peterschmidt.

  • Watch Out!

    January 10, 2014

    Our own Brian Clark was nominated as one of the Des Moines Register’s “People to Watch in 2014”! Way to go, Brian!

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    • The Des Moines Register recently published a list of “People to Watch in 2014”.  Our own Brian Clark made the list for his leadership on Waukee’s Alice’s Road Corridor planning project and the many, many other positive impacts he has had on the community.