In any community the challenges of Parks and Recreation Departments are numerous and generally include the following factors and issues:
- The increase in population and hence, the increase in potential users of any facility.
- Changing demographics, i.e. larger component of elderly/retired users.
- Cultural factors, i.e. diverse minority groups with their own specific needs.
- Delivery of leisure services is often insufficient in larger cities.
- Availability and means of access to any facility.
- Availability and cost of energy.
- Status of the economy, i.e. how much people can spend on recreation.
- Social changes, i.e. family patterns, loss of primary group contact, increase in rate of crime, etc.
- Changing nature of jobs and occupations, both qualitative and quantitative.
- Need for new programming concepts in parks and recreation resources.
- Increasing public awareness of our environment.
- Finding innovative means of financing parks and recreation projects.
For over three decades PWA has worked with state and local agencies to address these issues and has provided design solutions that work to:
- Preserve both our natural and cultural heritage.
- Educate our communities about our environment and how to preserve it.
- Provide innovative avenues for recreation.
While each project is unique, the knowledge and experience gained from our previous projects allows us to accommodate and even anticipate the needs of our clients.
Civic/Government, Principal: Erik Miller, Industrial, Project Architect: Dylan Powell, Parks & Recreation
PWA worked with the City of Columbia to design a new Fleet Operations Maintenance Building that would accommodate six to eight vehicles and be fully CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) compliant)
Principal: Brad Wright, Principal: Erik Miller, Photographer: Dawn L. Andres, Parks & Recreation, Sustainable Design
PWA teamed with the City of St. Joseph, the Missouri Department of Conservation and engineering and landscape design consultants to design the $4.5 million nature center that is the “crown jewel” of St. Joseph’s riverfront development.
Principal: Brad Wright, Principal: Erik Miller, Project Manager: Eric Roselle, Office, Parks & Recreation, Sustainable Design
The Conservation Campus Nature Center, located within the forests and park lands of the 189-acre Cape Girardeau County Park North and adjacent to the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Regional Headquarters, is the sixth such facility in the State of Missouri.
During the warm summer months, Thousand Hills State Parks is a favorite recreation sport for locals and visitors alike. The expansive lake offers plenty of space for swimming, boating and fishing. Materials for the construction of the each project were chosen to harmonize with the natural settings and other buildings located within the park.