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"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. It is there that the pirate fort, designed by Convergence Design with Henderson Engineers, a large-scale outdoor structure designed for the “Fairy Houses and Forts” contest of 2012, will be waiting for visitors–as soon as it is safe to do so! 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. Read more here. Before visiting, check the latest updates for when Powell Gardens fully reopens to the public.
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.