SFS Architecture

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  • Excelsior Springs Community Center

    Excelsior Springs, MO

    Design of a multi-generational community center with community spaces, recreation and fitness amenities, indoor aquatics and administrative and support spaces

    Challenge

    Develop a business plan, facility program and design for a community center that is affordable to develop, operate and maintain and that offers programming for users of all ages and abilities.

    Process

    A community-based planning process was used to study the feasibility of developing a multi-purpose community recreation center and to develop programming, a business plan and conceptual facility design. A variety of tools were utilized to engage the public in the process, including MindMixer - an online public engagement forum. Data developed during the study was used to educate the public about the project in advance of a referendum to finance construction of the facility. Following voter approval for a one-cent sales tax increase to fund the project, the SFS+BRS team executed the design of the facility.

    Solution

    Design of an approximately 50,000 SF building, including a community events hall and catering kitchen, child watch area, racquetball courts, aerobics/dance studio, gymnasium with elevated walking track, weights and fitness area, party rooms and indoor aquatics. In addition, a future outdoor aquatic center has been planned adjacent to the new indoor aquatic facility.