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  • Confluence Honored

    September 22, 2016

    Jon Jacobson, in our Sioux Falls office, accepts the 2016 South Dakota Parks & Recreation Association ‘Community Excellence Award’ at their annual convention last week.

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    • Jon Jacobson and the Confluence team have been an advocate for the Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Department and the Parks and Recreation field on many different fronts and projects in the past 15 years.  They have been instrumental in gaining consensus on the importance of preservation of green space and park and recreation activities during presentations at public neighborhood meetings, landowner and stakeholder meetings, Park Board and City Council meetings, and through media interviews.  These efforts have helped the South Dakota Parks & Recreation Association secure the funding and support necessary to build new parks, renovate existing parks, and develop the greenway and bike trail system in Sioux Falls.

      In particular, Confluence was instrumental in the implementation of the City of Sioux Falls Greenway and Riverfront Master Plan. They adapted the concepts set forth in the overall master plan to the downtown Sioux Falls greenway stretch and worked with staff and adjacent property owners to identify specific improvements to be considered.  This work included creating a seamless transition from private to public land, providing ADA and direct access to the river, designing points of interest to draw people to the greenway and river, and the eventual modeling of all future phases of the downtown greenway. This collaboration between public and private entities helped sell the project to the public and City Council and secure the funding necessary to kick start phase one of the downtown greenway development.  They also helped secure an environmental trust fund to help fund a portion of the improvements.  The downtown greenway projects have cleaned up a severely impaired stretch of the river greenway and have been a catalyst for over $100M worth of private redevelopment.

  • Welcome Aboard!

    June 24, 2016

    Confluence welcomes three new Landscape Architects-in-Training. Tyler Arndt and Yanyi Li join our Des Moines office while Everett Eide joins Sioux Falls. Visit the ‘People’ section of our website to learn more about them!

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    • Tyler Arndt, Landscape Architect-in-Training

      Tyler found his passion for landscape architecture at the intersection of his primary interests: design, science, and the great outdoors. From growing up in northern Iowa, to studying abroad while a student in Iowa State University’s Landscape Architecture program and eventually kicking off his professional career in southern California, Tyler has learned many diverse ways to successfully approach landscape design. It is these unique vantage points combined with an engrained Midwest work ethic that make Tyler a valuable member of the Confluence design team.

      When away from the office, Tyler enjoys supporting his Minnesota sports teams, staying active outdoors, and becoming the next best self-proclaimed web developer.

      Yanyi Li, Landscape Architect-in-Training

      Building on her Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Art Design, Yanyi received her Master of Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University. Before joining the Des Moines office of Confluence, she spent five years in Fort Lauderdale, Florida working on various projects across the globe, ranging from the landscape design of residential courtyards to master plan thousand acre developments. Yanyi always aims on delivering innovative, cost efficient, yet impactful design solutions.

      Yanyi is settling down in the woods of Ames with her husband and son. In her leisure time, she should be designing and working on the landscape of her new home with her family.

      Everett Eide, Landscape Architect-in-Training   (AWAITING PHOTO)

      Everett is a recent graduate of North Dakota State University, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in Minnetonka, Minnesota, Everett became interested in Landscape Architecture through his love of nature and interest in creating sustainable, walkable and vibrant places. Everett is excited to bring his enthusiasm and drive to Confluence’s Sioux Falls office and further his knowledge and skill set as a Landscape Architect-in- Training.

      Out of the office, Everett enjoys playing guitar, listening to music, weight lifting, biking, and playing PC games.

  • Welcome Back!

    June 3, 2016

    Former interns Tyler Landry, Andrew Holzum and Jim Dunn are returning as entry level landscape architects-in-training in our Sioux Falls and Kansas City offices.

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    • Tyler, a recent graduate of North Dakota State University will be working in our Sioux Falls office while Jim Dunn and Andrew Holzum both join our Kansas City office. Check out their bios under the ‘firm’ tab to learn more about them.

  • Welcome Katie Maki

    May 20, 2016

    Join us in welcoming Katie Maki, an intern in our DSM office!

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    • Originally from a Minneapolis suburb, Katie now calls Ankeny, Iowa home. She is a 4th year student in Iowa State University’s Community & Regional Planning program and when not studying or working, loves art, string-quartets, travel, and spending time outdoors with her big black lab. Studying planning, she was drawn to the way design impacts communities and the lives of residents within them. She aims to engage in positively impacting the people and places around her and hopes to apply her passion for aesthetics and sustainability toward her work as a planner in the future.

  • Transformational Work

    April 22, 2016

    KSU’s Seaton Hall Revitalization & Expansion was recently awarded a Merit Award by the Central States Conference of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

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    • Each year, the ASLA Central States Awards program honors the best in landscape architecture from the Central States region. The awards gala was held on Friday, April 15th 2016 at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.

      The $75 million Seaton Hall renovation and expansion project will demolish, renovate, expand and preserve portions of the east wing of Seaton Hall, Seaton Court, and Mechanics Hall. The new Seaton Hall site improvements are anticipated to include a variety of spaces providing flexible programming to accommodate College of Architecture, Planning and Design needs. These improvements will create a new iconic entry, provide additional University gathering spaces for students utilizing this portion of the campus. The site design is intended to compliment the architectural character of the new Seaton Hall addition while also reflecting the aesthetic charm and character of the existing campus landscape surrounding the site.

      The site is configured to allow for multiple levels of spaces, which maximizes opportunities for daylight to reach the lower levels of the building. The primary courtyard spaces will provide barrier-free student and faculty access either from adjacent areas of the site and/or through the adjacent buildings. These exterior spaces are intended to provide a variety of areas that can be programmed to accommodate student gatherings, outdoor classroom/presentations space, space for outdoor student work/project fabrication and exhibiting student work, quiet contemplation spaces, and flexible spaces in support of ongoing alumni and recruiting outreach activities.

  • We’re Hiring!

    April 12, 2016

    Our Des Moines and Kansas City offices are looking for experienced, creative and dynamic professionals to join our vibrant and collaborative team!

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    • Position: Landscape Architect

      Experience: 3 to 5 years


      Confluence, an award winning firm with offices throughout the Midwest, is seeking an experienced Landscape Architect with 3-5 years of experience to join our Des Moines, IA office and become a part of a vibrant and collaborative team. Our projects include urban design, mixed-use development, community planning, streetscapes, corporate campuses, and university campus planning and design. We offer a flexible and creative environment that allows employees to work on projects of various scales throughout all of our offices. The ideal candidate should be able to work independently, provide guidance to younger staff, and thrive in a small-medium office environment.

      Position Requirements:

      • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture or comparable field from an accredited university.

      • Professional licensure or progress toward obtaining licensure.

      • Evidence of commitment to design excellence and establishing lasting client relationships.

      • Strong organizational skills.

      • Construction documentation experience including grading and construction detailing.

      • Planting design proficiency and knowledge of Midwest planting materials and techniques.

      • Excellent graphics, writing, and oral communication skills.

      • Must be proficient in AutoCAD and Adobe Suite, SketchUp experience is highly desirable, Revit and Civil 3D experience a plus.

      • Ability to adjust to dynamic project needs on multiple project types and scales.

      • Strong collaborator.


      Confluence offers full benefits including health, dental, and 410K. Competitive salaries commensurate with experience.

      Please send resume and representative work samples to: Colete Root, croot@thinkconfluence.com


  • Krause Gateway Center Plan Revealed

    April 8, 2016

    Site plans for the Krause Gateway Center, a collaboration by Confluence, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, OPN Architects and Ryan Companies have been submitted for City review.

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    • Confluence was retained by Kum & Go to assist with the relocation of their new corporate headquarters from a nearby suburb to downtown Des Moines. Confluence led executives through a visioning and goal setting exercise to ensure the new facility reflects the company’s new corporate culture and brand. Confluence then led Kum & Go through the design team selection process by which the Design Architect, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, and the Local Architect of Record, OPN Architects were both selected.

      Renzo Piano Building Workshop and OPN retained Confluence to lead the site design for the new facility. The building, anticipated to stand five stories tall and measure approximately 160,000 square feet, will feature a rooftop garden, outdoor meeting space, underground parking, indoor training space, a game room, and public art galleries. The building form is influenced by the neighboring Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

      The site is intended to be viewed, and function, as an extension of the adjacent Pappajohn Sculpture Park. The site will feature amenities not currently provided by the existing park including shade, lush plantings and intimate seating areas.

      An “Urban Forest” overlays the site. The northern slope features a dramatic grade change, and paths which meander through woodland shrubs in the shade of White Birch. A simple grove of London Planetrees defines the “West Park” where a variety of seating options are screened from the adjacent street by native plants indicative of the Iowa landscape.

      The proposed green roof is designed to utilize an extensive native vegetative mat. All storm water runoff from the building will be collected and a system for reuse as an irrigation source is proposed. Confluence is collaborating with the lighting designer on the site lighting strategy. Ambient light from the building will be the primary source of site lighting with indirect lighting sources provided throughout the site as needed.

  • Patrick O’Keeffe joins CR

    February 23, 2016

    With degrees in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design from NDSU, Patrick is the newest member of our Cedar Rapids office.

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    • Patrick O’Keeffe is a recent graduate of North Dakota State University where he earned Bachelor degrees in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design. A native of Wisconsin who later moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, Patrick was attracted to landscape architecture as a result of his love for the outdoors and interest in sustainable design, ecology and a desire to create vibrant public spaces.

      Patrick is enthusiastic about working collaboratively on projects and looks forward to being able to contribute positively to the community in which he lives through the design of places that engage the user and improve the overall quality of life. When not at work, Patrick enjoys photography, snowboarding, biking, kayaking, rock climbing, and travel.

  • New Year-New Interns!

    January 19, 2016

    Four 4th year ISU students join us as interns. We welcome Drew Miller (CR), Jake Stodola (KC), Nick Dentamaro and Bri Holden (DSM)!

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    • From Jefferson, IA, Drew Miller will be working in our Cedar Rapids office. His hobbies include photography; traveling to experience new places, cultures, and foods; and playing a variety of sports. His love for people and nature led him to landscape architecture where, through his work, he hopes to improve the quality of life for people as well as preserve the integrity of the awesome natural world around us.

      Jake Stodola hails from Shellsburg, IA and will be interning in our KC office. Jake enjoys sports, biking, camping, and fishing. His love of the outdoors has driven his passion for landscape architecture and sustainability. He aims to design experiences and spaces that benefit not only the user, but the environment and habitat around them.

      Our Des Moines office welcomes interns Nick Dentamaro and Brianna Holden!, Nick is from a Chicago suburb and enjoys photography, fishing and hiking. Bri is from northern Iowa (Manley, to be exact). She likes kayaking and fishing in Canada with her family where she once caught a 22-lb salmon!

      Welcome aboard!