SFS Architecture

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


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.


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.


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.

Awards & Publications

Merit Award for Excellence in Interior Architecture
American Institute of Architects - Central States Region

Citation Award for Excellence in Interior Architecture
American Institute of Architects - Kansas City Chapter

Developments of Distinction Award
Urban Land Institute Kansas City

MADA Gold Award - Government + Civic
International Interior Design Association - Mid-America Chapter

MADA City Center Award,
International Interior Design Association - Mid America Chapter

Capstone Award for Achievements in Real Estate - Architectural Design, Kansas City Business Journal

Keystone Award, Clay County Economic Development Corporation

MidCoast Design Record


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