Excelsior Springs Community Center

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Excelsior Springs Community Center

Excelsior Springs, MO 2018

Project Description

Community effort  

The Excelsior Springs Community Center was designed to serve the 12,000 residents of the Kansas City suburb and neighboring communities. A public forum of citizens confirmed the priorities of the new center during focus groups and playing an interactive card game. The center was designed to be a facility that would bring families together, provide youth with a variety of choices to encourage them to stay in town, give seniors a place to go, and build unity and pride in the community.


Connection to nature

Founded near natural mineral springs, the city has a rich history and connection to nature and health. This connection was emphasized in the design through the use of natural colors and materials throughout the building. Blues and greens mix with natural wood, polished concrete and exposed metal structure; and all are washed in natural daylight through the purposeful placement of glass openings.


Steep slope

From the beginning, the steep slope of the site was the largest obstacle facing the project. Instead of allocating a significant portion of the budget to leveling the site, the design team turned the topography to its advantage. Program areas were organized to step down the hillside to minimize excavation and construction costs while creating a natural path through the building to maximize visibility and access.

Project Details

Architect: SFS Architecture
Construction Cost: $4.57 million
Square Feet: 10,748
Occupancy: July 2016

Basketball Hoop: Spectrum Aquatics

Chemical Control Systems - : BECS Technology, Inc.

Circulation Pumps/Pumps: Pentair Commercial Aquatics

Circulation Pumps/Pumps: Sta-Rite

Circulation Pumps/Pumps: Stenner

Cleaners/Vacuums - : Ultramax

Deck/Basin Surface: SGM Diamond Brite

Deck/Basin Surface - : Dal-Tile Corp.

Dehumidifiers - : PoolPak International

Filtration Systems - : Neptune Benson Inc.

Gutters: Lawson Aquatics Inc.

Gutters: Dal-Tile Corp.

Gutters - : Neptune Benson Inc.

Heaters - : Well-McClain

Ladders/Grab Bars - : Spectrum Aquatics

Lane Markers - : Competitor Swim

Sanitization Systems - : Neptune Benson Inc.

Water Play Features - : Vortex Aquatic Structures Int'l Inc.

Waterslide(s): Avalanche Water Slides

Architect Of Record

SFS Architecture
Kansas City, MO

Design Architect

Barker Rinker Seacat
Denver, CO

Aquatic Engineer

Water Technology Inc.
Beaver Dam, WI

Landscape Architect

Kansas City, MO

Civil Engineering

SK Design Group
Overland Park, KS

MEP Engineering

Henderson Engineers
Lenexa, KS