An emphasis on stakeholder engagement.
In 2013, the team of Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, SFS Architecture, Water Technology, Inc. and Confluence prepared a feasibility study for a new community center in Blue Springs, Missouri. The project consisted of preparing a needs analysis via a series of public meetings, a statistically-valid community survey, and meetings with a 12-member steering committee. The team also solicited opinions from the local high school. Based on the input gathered, the team developed a preliminary program of 85,000 s.f. and an overall capital budget of $35 million.
With a positive result from the citizen survey, the team evaluated two potential sites and determined the one that was best suited for the facility. The team then prepared a conceptual site plan and building design, which takes advantage of a sloping site, with parking set to the north and east of the entry. The facility is designed with an upper-level entry, affording views down into the activity spaces as well as distant views over the golf course. The facility features a large gymnasium with a walk/jog track, leisure pool with unique recreational features, lap lanes, spa, therapy pool, weights and fitness area, group exercise and spinning studios, community room meeting space with a stage, a teen room, indoor playground, and child watch facility.
The project was put before voters in November 2013 and was defeated by a narrow margin. The City of Blue Springs is currently evaluating the option of reducing the project's scale and asking voters to reconsider funding the new facility.