News & Media
November 20, 2020
The design team at Convergence Design was in Clarksville, Tennessee, last week for the Groundbreaking ceremony for the Multi-Purpose Events Center. Turning over the soil, with shovels fashioned as Hockey sticks, marked the exciting beginning of a place built for entertainment opportunities that will bring the community together in the entire Montgomery County region.
The Nashville Predators’ mascot, Gnash, was there, joining the crowd with spirit and spunk.
The 250,000 square foot, arena facility, designed by Convergence Design in association with Rufus Johnson, is scheduled to open in the fall 2022.
Jimmie Settle, with the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle covers the story including dozens of photos. READ MORE HERE..
November 3, 2020
The Predators, a professional ice hockey team based in Nashville, Tennessee, has signed a contract to build an ice rink housed in the multipurpose event center in downtown Clarksville. Ground breaking for the multi-event center, designed by Convergence Design in association with Rufus Johnson, begins later this month. The arena is scheduled to open in 2022.
This is exciting news! Alexis Clark with the Clarksville Lead-Chronicle quotes Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett…
“Signing the management agreement this week brings us one step closer to making the multipurpose center a reality for the residents of Montgomery County,” Durrett said. “The opening of this facility in 2022 will be a game changer for our community.”
September 10, 2020
The Downtown Arena in Clarksville, designed by Convergence Design in association with Rufus Johnson Associates, is on schedule for the “mass excavation and installation of retaining walls to hold back the hillside dirt. Excavation will be a major step forward for the project which needs to make room for the MPEC’s five stories.”
August 27, 2020
By Jimmy Settle, TheLeafChronicle.com | April 21, 2020
COVID-19 has dealt some delays in the timetable for the Montgomery County government project to build a downtown Clarksville arena, but County Mayor Jim Durrett says it’s still a go.
Construction on the multipurpose events center (MPEC) is still slated to start sometime later this year, possibly the summer, near the corner of Second and College Streets.
August 24, 2020
By Jimmy Settle, TheLeafChronicle.com | March 10, 2020
“… The $130.7 million bond issue to design and build the MPEC was authorized weeks back by commissioners with the understanding that deals with Powers Management and APSU would be in place. Beal was concerned that action this week represents a reversal of that stipulation.
However, Gannon, who originally attached that stipulation to the bond issue agreement, told County Mayor Jim Durrett and fellow commissioners this week he is satisfied that it’s safe to move forward on the project. The reasoning was to avoid further construction delays and the potential for rising construction costs.”
Quincy Riverfront "Reimagined and revitalized"
July 30, 2020
“Residents share suggestions, vision for city’s riverfront”
By ETHAN COLBERT
QUINCY — Over the course of a 90-minute virtual town hall on Wednesday evening, nearly 100 area residents learned and discussed how the city’s riverfront could be reimagined and revitalized.
“We were definitely impressed by the folks who participated in the town hall. It is clear that people are really passionate about the riverfront and have given a lot of thought to how the riverfront could be used in the future,” Maggie Strong said. She is one of the consultants hired by the city of Quincy, Adams County and Quincy Park District to help facilitate the drafting of a master plan for the portion of the city that stretches from Kentucky Street north toward Bob Bangert Park and from Third Street east toward the river.
The ultimate goal of the riverfront consultants is provide the three government entities with a 10-year plan of feasible improvements for the riverfront, including events, that would make the city a more attractive place for people, especially young people, to live.
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David Greusel, an architect with Convergence Design, another company hired as a project consultant, said, “When it comes to redevelopment at the riverfront I think we are going to likely steer away from a fake sort of historic theme park with new buildings being made to look like ones in the 1800s. “What is likely to happen instead is that whatever improvements that are made at the riverfront, whether they are a fountain, carousel or some other new attraction will be built in the contemporary style, which would only further highlight the historic buildings.”
Read the entire article here Herald-Whig
"Skeleton Island" still Stands
May 29, 2020
Making a list of summer activities to do with the kids? If you live within the Kansas City metro you might like visiting Powell Gardens.
David Greusel, and his team at Convergence Design worked with Henderson Engineers to build a large-scale outdoor structure designed for the “Fairy Houses & Forts” contest of 2012.
Winding your way around the island to the fort, kids will find a large-scale pirate ship, gone aground. There’s a crow’s nest a full story above the ground, so you can survey the surroundings and spy marauders.
Powell Gardens, is a botanical garden located about 30 miles east of Kansas City, Mo. After eight years we are delighted to see that it continues to be a place for fun and imagination.
April 23, 2020
Convergence Design was launched ten years ago on the idea of bringing work, family and community commitments into a seamless whole–trying not to be different people at work than we are at home or out in our communities. That’s the “convergence” part of Convergence Design: trying to merge all our various selves into an integrated person.
We have, over the years, had many of what we like to call Convergence Moments: moments where, because of emergencies, deadlines, illness, or happenstance, our work and family lives intersect in more obvious and dramatic ways. Like the time one of our employees had to pick up their daughter from day care and bring her to the office for a few hours while she worked on a big deadline. Or the time child care plans fell through and another employee had to bring three kids to the office for a day. We not only don’t mind those Convergence Moments, we celebrate them.
When I saw Today Show host Savannah Guthrie get zoombombed by her own son on live TV this morning, the realization hit me that we are all living in a Convergence Moment right now. Everyone has their work, family and community commitments “in a muddle,” as C.S. Lewis might say, and we’re all figuring this thing out on the fly. We’ve had kids crawl into laps in our (what used to be called) “business meetings” on Zoom in the past few weeks, and it’s starting to seem almost normal. Oddly, this is what Convergence Design has been about from the start. Only now we’re seeing it everywhere, every day.
We’re not talking about working from home, necessarily. We still see tremendous value in the kind of team collaboration that can only happen when you’re working shoulder to shoulder on a project. Although with spatial distancing, “shoulder to shoulder” may be more metaphorical than actual for several months. But stay-at-home orders, Zoom meetings, and people having to deal with their whole families all day long instead of just mornings and evenings has brought all of us, ready or not, into a place of Convergence. The question is whether we will embrace it, or just pray that it ends soon so we can go back to being the separated selves we were before.
It is my sincere hope that we will learn to enjoy the converged lives that have been forced upon us by the novel coronavirus. Not, as I say, that we should all want to work from home from now on. But that we are no longer startled when young kids (or aging parents, or pets, or calls from the blood center) crawl into our laps, so to speak, at inopportune times. The pandemic has given us an unexpected gift: the gift of no longer having to pretend that we don’t have families, don’t have friends, don’t have other commitments outside of work. We should embrace that gift and bring our whole selves, with all those jangly, dangling accessories, to the office whenever we are able to return.
The New Ball Game
March 24, 2020
Our team at Convergence Design, like many, are grieving the cancellations of spring activities like baseball’s Opening Day. Covid-19 has taken us all by surprise and we are doing what we can to minimize its impact and flatten the curve.
As of this week, we have been ordered to work remotely. Our physical office is closed, but we remain open for business as we work from home.
We will conduct business (mostly) as usual. Web conferencing, email and phone calls will allow us to meet regularly as a team and continue working on current projects. We look forward to teaming with you on future endeavors.
Stay healthy, and remain hopeful.
We’ll see you soon, at the old ball game!
Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd…
March 13, 2020
Talks resumed regarding much needed upgrades to Titans’ Nissan Stadium before hosting the World Cup. Venue Solutions Group in Brentwood, along with Convergence Design, conducted a study in 2017, which provided a thorough recommendation of improvements needed for the stadium to be ready by 2026. Read more…
By Jimmy Settle, TheLeafChronicle.com | February 24, 2020
The Montgomery County Commission is expected to review and vote on, in March, finalized facility management and lease agreements for the downtown Clarksville Multipurpose Events Center.
The MPEC is shaping up to be a 250,000-square-foot arena facility with seating capacity for up to 6,000 people, depending on, for example, whether basketball or ice hockey events are happening.
The project management team that has been assembled for the MPEC includes, in addition to Montgomery County; Commonwealth Development Group Inc. as project manager; Convergence Design, working in cooperation with the local Rufus Johnson Associates architectural firm, as lead architect; and construction manager Skanska USA. Read more…
January 20, 2020
Summary: Convergence Design is part of a team engaged to develop a new master plan for the riverfront in Quincy, Illinois. The team gathered with a local steering committee for the first time on January 16 to begin the planning process, which is expected to take most of 2020 to complete.
Bonnie Roy points to a view of the Quincy riverfront during a Quincy Riverfront Master Planning meeting at the Oakley-Lindsay Center on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane
By Ethan Colbert Herald-Whig | Posted: Jan. 17, 2020 12:01 am
QUINCY — In the first of many meetings to come, the Quincy Riverfront Development Steering Committee met Thursday and outlined the yearlong process of developing a comprehensive development strategy for the city’s riverfront.“I think it was a good back-and-forth on expectations and what we wanted this process to look like. This was honestly the most dialogue in a committee meeting that I have had in some time,” Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore said after the meeting. The committee consists of members of the Quincy City Council, Quincy Park District Commission, Adams County Board and members of the public. Read more…
November 25, 2019
A team led by Convergence Design has completed schematic designs for a new arena in downtown Clarksville, Tennessee. The arena will be used for basketball, hockey, and concerts, and will also include a second ice sheet for practice and public skating.
At an estimated construction cost currently at $105 million, and with bonds approved to cover all costs — both expected and, perhaps, unanticipated — at $130.7 million, the design currently calls for a multi-level, multi-purpose events center (or MPEC) encompassing a grand total of about 320,000 square feet, it’s now projected. Read more…
Updated artist rendering of the planned downtown Clarksville multi-purpose events center.