$500M development planned in south Springfield

Posted By Sapp Design – Jul 12 | 2018

BY: GEOFF PICKLE,  July 12, 2018

A 100-acre development estimated to be valued at more than $500 million when completed is in the planning stages for south Springfield.

Just south of The Library Center on Campbell Avenue, RW Developments is under contract to buy 94 acres of mostly vacant farmland from the Ward family. The acquisition of another 6 acres on the south end of The Library Center from the Springfield-Greene County Library District is in negotiations, Williams said, declining to disclose purchase prices. 

Plans call for 60 acres of commercial space for potential tenants including restaurants, hotels, offices, retail centers and lofts, as well as bike trails and natural elements to form a park-like environment. On the back 40 acres, RW Developments plans to open a senior living continuum-of-care community.

“We’ve got a substantial amount of interest on the front end from tenants. We have quite a bit of office space that people have already put a lot of interest in,” he said. “It’s exceeded all of our expectations.”

RW Developments is targeting 2021 for completion of the 60-acre commercial end of The Ridge. He declined to estimate an opening date for the senior-living center, which relies on state approval for a certificate of need.

A rendering for The Ridge shows a development that wraps around The Library Center going south past Weaver Road. The area is south of the Campbell Avenue and James River Freeway interchange. 

Sapp Design Associates Architects PC is the project architect for the development, with engineering work by Olsson Associates Inc. Williams said attorney Shawn Whitney of Spencer Fane LLP also has been instrumental in the front-end work.  


2nd First Watch Coming!

Posted By Sapp Design – Jun 1 | 2018

First Watch, the popular breakfast, and lunch Chain, that opened it’s first Springfield location in October 2017. Since that time the location has broke records and is a top 10 performer out of 310 locations!

The success of the first location lead developers Joseph Hulston and  James Tillman to open a second location on East Sunshine and Plaza. Not only will this new location serve morning cocktails, the Architects at Sapp Design have given the brand a new modern look, which is a departure from the brand’s typical urban farm stylings.  Our team could not be more pleased to work with this great group!

Springfield AIA Helps Joplin Plan

Posted By bsapp – Oct 19 | 2011

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) conducted a design charrette for the City of Joplin on Oct. 13-14.  The SDA team was excited for the opportunity to get involved and work with the AIA and CART for some hands-on design work to help develop project ideas for Joplin’s recovery. This was a significant event where design professionals from allover the region came together to work out ideas and develop the vision and goals set forth by the Citizens AdvisorySteve Telscher Recovery Team (CART).  This two-day event included members of the CART, the City of Joplin, Chamber of Commerce, FEMA, State resources, architects, engineers, planners, and many other volunteers. The event concluded with a “presentation of ideas” to the public in an Open House format on Friday, Oct. 14th. CART is preparing for the Nov. 7 Council Meeting and the AIA will be using the information to put together a booklet to document the process and outcome.


Freedom Bank | Willard, Mo

Posted By bsapp – May 11 | 2011

Freedom Bank is currently under design. The site is located at the intersection of Highway 160 and State Highway AB in Willard, Missouri. Freedom Bank is headquartered out of Cassville, Missouri and has another location in Seligman, Missouri. They currently have a small facility in Willard, but they are ready to expand and create more of a presence in the city.

The building is to be approximately 4,900 SF. The design is taking on the form of three gables with one large central gable, which contains the logo of the bank. The building structure will be wood frame and the roof structure will be primarily wood trusses. The materials used are stone, on the wainscot and columns, brick, heavy timber, and fiber cement panels. The timber will create a warm band around the entry, creating a horizontal extension of the tiered fascia.



New Allgeier, Martin & Associates Offices

Posted By bsapp – Apr 5 | 2011

Construction has recently been completed for the Allgeier, Martin & Associates project.  The new facility is located on a 5 acre site in the Joplin Business Park.  The site backs up to I-44 which allows for visibility from the interstate.  The facility is a 30,000 s.f. 1-story building, it includes a partial basement that houses storage, and the main level consists of Executive offices, Electrical & Civil Engineering workstations, Survey Department, & Print Shop.

The building has an open floor plan which allows for a flexible layout of the various work stations.  The two engineering departments work stations are located in the center and the executive offices are grouped around the perimeter.  This allows the managers to have more direct contact with their various teams.

The exterior of the building is a combination of brick and metal panels, gives the building a sleek hi-tech contemporary look.  There are large windows on all sides of the building which allows for natural light to illuminate the building during the daytime and minimize the amount of artificial light required.

Even though this project was not submitted for LEED certification, there are several green elements that were incorporated into the design to maximize its efficiency and promote sustainable design.  The building’s envelope was designed with a high R-value for the walls and roof and the windows have a superior glass which enhances its thermal qualities.  Indoor air quality was protected by making sure the ductwork was not contaminated during construction and most of the materials selected for the projected were low VOC’s to minimize the off-gasing during and after construction.

Sapp Design Associates – Architects – Springfield, Missouri

New Associated Electric Cooperative Corporate Offices

Posted By bsapp – Mar 24 | 2011

Associated Electric Cooperative has recently completed a new office building tower to its existing campus to accommodate current and future needs.  This 50,000 s.f. 3-story facility includes a basement and will house Executive offices, Training rooms, Board of Directors Meeting Room, and Engineers workstations for Power Marketing and Power Production.  A variety of Conference rooms and meeting rooms are strategically placed on each floor to accommodate multiple departments.

Sustainable Design alternatives have been incorporated in order to obtain a USGBC LEEDGold Certification.  This will include a Geo-thermal mechanical system, high efficiency lighting, recycled building materials, locally manufactured materials, and a high thermal efficient rated building envelope.

The Geo-thermal mechanical system was one of the most significant decisions made during the design of the new AECI.  This HVAC system, also called ground source heat pumps, is among the most energy efficient systems available.   For this project, it is projected that operations of the building could achieve as much as 42% savings over a typical non geo-thermal forced air system.

So much of the energy consumed within a building is contributed to the lighting of thebuilding.  For this project, high efficient light fixtures were specified.  Appliances were specified with the ENERGY STAR label.    Cool roofing material was specified.  These light colored building materials reflect rather than absorb solar heat, thus avoiding the “heat up” of the building and eliminating the need to run the cooling equipment for as long.

The same approach was taken in choosing pavement.  Light colored concrete was used rather than asphalt to eliminate the “heat island effect”.  Dark asphalt pavements reflect heat into the atmosphere adjacent to building and can significantly increase the ambient temperature.  This puts greater demand on the building’s cooling systems driving the cost of energy consumption up.

One of the most effective ways to reduce the consumption of energy is to construction a building with outstanding thermal resistance.  This is called the R-value and SDA designed the roof and wall systems of the AECI building to maximize the r-value.  R-value for wall, by code, has to be R-13.  AECI exterior walls are R-37.  For the roof assembly, the code requires R-15 and we designed a system that is R-26.  Insulation is one of the cheapest ways to enhance thermal resistance.  Low-E and reflective coatings were used on the glass to maximize the window’s thermal performance.

Water conservation is an important element of “green” building.  To achieve a 20% reduction in water usage, high efficiency plumbing fixtures were specified.

The goal for this project was to divert 75% of trash that is generated to sources that will recycle the materials for other uses.  Trash was segregated on the job site and construction waste contracts arranged for their responsible removal.

The AECI building addition endeavored to specify as many building materials as possible that are regional (within 500 miles of the project), which decreased transportation costs and helped support the local economy.  The goal for the AECI project was to procure 20% of the building materials regionally.

To achieve a healthy work environment, the air quality must be maintained.  During construction, special care has been taken to assure ductwork is not contaminated while construction activities are going on.  Many materials give off harmful gases called volatile organic compounds, or VOC’s.  This is known to contribute to a “sick building syndrome”.  SDA specified the maximum amount of VOC’s allowed for items such as paints, sealants, adhesives, and carpets to insure healthy indoor air quality.