Our Firm

  • Confluence Omaha

    October 28, 2017

    We are excited to announce our firm is growing once again with a new office in Omaha, Nebraska. The office will be led by our newest Principal, Dolores Silkworth PLA, ASLA.

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    • Dolores has 30 years of experience providing landscape architecture, urban design, and master planning services to Clients throughout the Midwest – and she has a proven track record of successful design collaboration and implementation.

      Please join us in welcoming Dolores to the Confluence team!

  • Confluence Pocket Park

    September 20, 2017

    Great things happen when you get a great group of people together. Each of the 5 Confluence offices met up in Cedar Rapids to transform a parking ramp and an alley into a pedestrian friendly pocket park. 

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    • The goal of this project is to alter the public’s perception of alleys in downtown Cedar Rapids through the use of temporary interventions that transform an alley from a purely utilitarian space to an attractive, pedestrian-friendly public space.

      Historically, alleys in downtown Cedar Rapids have served as service drives and one-way vehicular connections. This has resulted in a network of desolate corridors that are not pedestrian friendly. While alleys serve a critical function for the many shops, restaurants and offices throughout downtown by providing a location for dumpsters and service vehicles; they can also function as a pedestrian spaces capable of housing amenities such as outdoor seating, art installations and pedestrian linkages.

      The intent of this installation is to recognize and celebrate the existing pedestrian’s use of these spaces throughout downtown by focusing on one alley in particular. Injecting simple pedestrian-oriented amenities such as color, art, plantings and seating will transform this space from a concrete valley into an urban park without negatively impacting any of the service functions of the alley.

      While this installation is designed to be temporary, it is our hope that this project sparks a recognition of the potential that alleys possess within downtown and leads to future, more permanent, alley improvements throughout downtown.


  • Beyond the Loop Study

    August 21, 2017

    A public open house will be held at 5-7pm on Tuesday, August 22nd at MARC’s offices to update the public on the “Beyond the Loop” study progress to date. This will include the unveiling of conceptual alternatives being explored to improve, modify, or remove the northern portion of Kansas City’s Downtown highway loop.

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    • As part of an integrated multi-disciplinary team, Confluence is leading the urban design and economic development efforts associated with consolidating and/or removing a portion of the highway to make way for additional development, increased community connectivity, and strengthening the physical relationship between the Downtown Central Business District, the Historic River Market District, and the Columbus Park Neighborhood.  The study effort also includes exploring alternatives for replacing the existing Buck O’Neil (Broadway) Bridge with a new Missouri River Bridge, including related connections to the Downtown Airport and the West Bottoms area.

      More information can be found here. After August 22nd, the project website will be updated to include materials shared with the public.

  • Crossroads Mixed-Use Project / Edina, Minnesota

    July 29, 2017

    Confluence is excited to be involved in the new Crossroads mixed-use project in Edina, Minnesota. One of the first of its kind in North America, the project includes two residential towers connected by a pedestrian and bicycle cable bridge that spans a busy intersection of the 6-lane France Avenue thoroughfare. If approved, this iconic feature will provide the missing link in the Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail.

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    • This bike and pedestrian friendly development proposed by EG Capital and designed by DJR Architects introduces mixed use, residential, office and retail development with the public realm and an integrated public pedestrian bridge connecting the Three Rivers Park district Nine Mile Creek Trail with the Edina Promenade. One of the first of its kind In North America, this pedestrian and bike cable bridge spans a busy intersection of France Avenue, a six lane thoroughfare, and is structurally part of the two towers and the internal public circulation. Confluence is proud to be a part of this creative and forward thinking team.

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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.

  • Welcome Interns!

    January 11, 2017

    Four 4th year ISU students join us as interns. We welcome John Aceto and Jake Spitz to Des Moines, and Zhuojia Lou and Casey Ludwig to Kansas City!

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    • John Aceto, is a 4th year landscape architecture student from Iowa State University and will be interning in the Des Moines office. John is a Des Moines native, born and raised in Urbandale. He loves to play guitar, draw, and travel. He is happy to be back in his homeland of Des Moines, and is excited to learn more about landscape architecture here at Confluence!

      Jake Spitz is from West Bend, WI and will be interning in our Des Moines office. If you ever need to find him, he is most likely on the water. Growing up with a lake for a backyard and spending every second he can outdoors is the driving force behind his passion for landscape architecture.

      Zhuojia Lou will be interning in our Kansas City office. She is from Kaifeng, Henan, a small city in China. She loves dance, and has performed Chinese dance at the Chinese Spring Festival hosted by Chinese Students and Scholars Association for 4 years at ISU. Zhuojia also likes hiking, playing with her puppy, Doubao, and making hand crafts. She also owns an online Etsy shop.

      From Ida Grove, IA, Casey Ludwig will be interning in the Kansas City office. Casey has a passion for the outdoors, and her hobbies include (but are not limited to) snapping a great photo, biking, camping, or taking a last minute trip to find a sweet hiking trail. These activities are some of the many things that have driven her to pursue a degree in landscape architecture in hopes that she can protect and enhance the world we live in!

      Welcome aboard, we are glad to have you!