Going for the LEED Gold

Posted By bsapp – Nov 22 | 2011

The AECI project was able to achieve LEED Gold. This is one the first office buildings of this scale to achieve LEED gold in this area. The following are the sustainable items that were part of the building’s design.

One of the most significant decisions made during the design of the new AECI building was the decision to design an HVAC system that utilizes geothermal energy from the ground. For this project, it is projected that operation of the building could achieve as much as 42% cost savings over a typical non geothermal forced air system.

  • Since a considerable amount of the energy consumed within a building is contributed to the lighting of the building, high efficient light fixtures were specified. Lighting controls and occupancy sensors will turn lights on and off as needed. Appliances were also specified with the ENERGY STAR label.
  • Cool roofing material was also specified to avoid the “heat up” of the building and eliminate the need to upsize and run the cooling equipment longer.
  • The building envelope was designed for a R-37 for the walls and a R-26 for the roof.
  • 95% of trash that was generated during construction away from the local landfills to alternative locations were segregated materials such as cardboard, wood, plastic, and glass could be recycled into other useful products for consumers
  • 20% of all materials was procured regionally or within 500 miles.

Opening Clever Performing Arts Center

Posted By bsapp – Nov 20 | 2011

The Clever R-V School District celebrated the opening of their new Performing Arts Center with messages from local representatives, music performances, and theater presentations.  The new Performing Arts Center is an addition to the existing high school, which was constructed in 2008.  The Performing Arts Center was part of the long range master plan for the site, and accommodations were made for the Center in the original design of the high school.  The new Performing Arts Center seats up to 551 patrons, and includes 510 fixed seats, with space for (2) additional rows of movable seating.  Also included in the addition was a new lobby area, ticket booth, and drama classroom. Currently, Clever’s band and vocal music departments share a single teaching space in the existing high school facility.  However, construction is ongoing for a new band room on the southwest side of the Performing Arts Center.  The band room addition will double as a FEMA 361 Tornado Safe Room, and will provide a safe and secure location for the high school students, faculty and staff, as well as the surrounding community, during high wind storms.

Opening Monett Elementary

Posted By bsapp – Nov 5 | 2011

This campus, first constructed in the 1960’s, was comprised of nine separate buildings, creating significant challenges in circulation, security, and school administration. The new design incorporates almost 63,000 s.f. of additions, including a Commons Area, Administration Suite, and three Classroom Wings, as well as over 28,000 s.f. of major renovations, to combine four of the existing buildings into one unified school building. The former Gymnasium has been renovated into a new Library. A new FEMA 361 Safe Room is in process through the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. This space functions as the new multi-purpose Gymnasium and will safeguard students, staff, and the surrounding residential community in the event of high-wind storms.

The new plan addresses improved energy efficiency, security, circulation and accessibility. Redesign of the campus site circulation creates a new Main Entrance and separates bus traffic from parent drop-off and service traffic, creating safer, more efficient site circulation.


Pam Haldiman Wins VESTA Award

Posted By bsapp – Nov 4 | 2011

This year at the 2011 Springfield Missouri Contractors Association Dinner, NAWAC (The National Association of Women in Construction ) Southwest Missouri Chapter presented Sapp Design Associates’s Pam Haldiman with this years VESTA Award.  VESTA is Greek and stands for one who rules with devotion and help.  To be eligible for this award you have to have more than 10 years in construction and Pam has over 30 years Experience.  Also many letters of recommendation must be submitted as well and reviewed by a group that is not associated with the construction industry. Here is just  a few snips  of what people had to say about Pam.

After the tornado in Joplin, Missouri that destroyed the Franklin Technology Center, The School District hired SDA Architects and Pam developed a close relationship with our staff and contractor. It was very apparent that she was respected throughout this project. Her previous experience in working with other Technology Centers enabled her to move fast and understand the complexities of a building such at the FTC. It is with very high regard, that I recommend Pam Haldiman.

Dave Rockers – Director Franklin Technology Center

Pam Halidiman is the best listener I have ever known and she then causes that listening to become buildings; building that are beautiful, functional, on budget, on time and that the children of this district love.

Richard L. Henson, Ed.D. – Superintendent of Clever R-V Schools

It is without hesitation that I recommend Mrs. Pam Haldiman, She has worked tirelessly to serve our district and our patrons. Each of the four construction projects Pam has assisted with in our district have turned out to be incredible assets to our school system with students in mind as she worked in partnership with our board, administration, and staff to create a learning environment that was appropriate for each group.

John E. Jungmann – Superintendent of Monett R-1 Schools

As a Project Superintendent for RE Smith Construction Co for the past twenty years I have worked with many Architects on construction project of various sizes and scope. As an architect I have found Pam to be a step above the rest, professional in every way. Her honesty and integrity is without question. Pam has a great vision for a project along with an ability to understand and work through problems that always arise during construction. Her leadership has helped me to complete many successful projects. In a word Pam has “Class”, something you don’t see a lot these days.

John Carr – Project Supt. RE Smith Construction