Excelsior Springs Community Center was recognized for Design Excellence in Interior Architecture in recent AIA design awards programs. The project was honored with a Merit Award from AIA Central States Region and a Citation Award from AIA Kansas City.
The interior architecture is derived from a pivotal decision by the design team to leverage the steeply, undulating site (rather than flatten it) to create a dynamic, multi-level center. By placing programmatic elements down the hillside, a ramped circulation ‘spine’ was created connecting all spaces within the center and acting as an extended exercise path. This path provides visual connection to all activity areas free of obstructions and barriers. Additionally, the circulation ramp provides spatial organization – dividing the project into four different quadrants: The East being the public side – with restrooms, community rooms, kitchen and child watch; the South housing the natatorium, party rooms and locker rooms; the West housing a side entry, aerobics, racquetball court and