Liberty Branch Library

Posted By Sapp Design – Jul 15 | 2019

The new Liberty Branch Library will be about 18,000 square feet, around 1,000 square feet larger than the current building at 1000 Kent St. Construction is slated to begin at the end of the year and be completed in late 2020.

One of the design goals of the Liberty Branch is to create a natural feel to the building using natural color schemes and even a natural moss wall made from nonliving moss sourced from the United States in North, South Carolina, and Florida will be the centerpiece as you enter the new building. Large windows will allow natural light to flood the space and large covered seating areas allow patrons to read outside. 

In an effort to make the children’s area more interactive, one wall will be a board with different sized pegs children can place and remove, Another unique feature is the area’s acoustic cloud-lined ceiling, providing for optimal sound manipulation.

The library will have all LED lighting, high-efficiency mechanical systems, dual flow water, low-flow toilet fixtures, and water bottle-filling fountain installations.

“We are creating a better space,” Community Relations and Planning Director Jim Staley said. “One that people want to spend time in.” 

Design work for the Library’s Capital Plan is being completed by Sapp Design Architects and Helix Architecture + Design with JE Dunn assuming responsibility for construction contractor management

Sapp Design Opens KC, Office

Posted By Sapp Design – Jul 11 | 2019

Sapp Design Architects has officially expanded into the KC Market! Senior Project Manager Brad McKenzie from Springfield, Mo is leading the company’s new office located in downtown Kansas City’s Crossroads district. McKenzie will be leading the firms recruitment, business development and project management of several projects that are already underway in the greater metro area. The move for Sapp Design was one that had been driven by the firm’s past and present diverse workload in the Kansas City market and desire to expand our connection to the region.

The firm is currently working on 36 Public Libraries for Mid-Continent Public Libraries as part of a $113M bond issue, a new Library in Tonganoxie, Kansas, and planning a new 60 acre Municipal Complex for the City of Grain-Valley that includes a  proposed City Hall, Police Station, Public Library and Recreation Center with Indoor/Outdoor Aquatics

https://sbj.net/stories/sapp-design-expands-into-kc,64600

PRESENTING ON SCHOOL SAFETY

Posted By Sapp Design – Jul 10 | 2019

The Sapp Design team was asked to present on school safety and our work on securing new and existing facilities at the MSBA’s 2019 Center for Education Safety. Our presentation focused on the challenges districts face in today’s world of protecting our kids and minimizing opportunities for an intruder to gain easy access into buildings. Our presentation will review different options to improve the safety and security of schools during school hours from unwanted intrusion without building a fortress. Key strategies and simple retrofits to existing buildings and smart design for new facilities that help keep our kids safe.

About the Center for Education Safety

Ensuring our public schools remain among the safest places for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors is a top priority for every school district. A safe and secure learning environment is essential for student success. However, our schools continue to face numerous safety and security issues for which they must be prepared so effective teaching and learning can take place.

The Missouri School Boards’ Association’s Center for Education Safety (CES) is the only statewide school safety organization in Missouri and is supported and operated solely by MSBA. The CES is dedicated to enhancing various aspects of emergency planning, preparedness, and safety and security in schools throughout Missouri. CES not only provides professional expertise through its staff on specific topics, it also serves as a clearinghouse for reliable school safety information and resources.

Public Schools Remain Safest Places

Posted By Sapp Design – Jun 19 | 2019

By Stephen Kleinsmith, Ed.D

Recent shootings on school campuses and other public venues have renewed the discussion on what is the best way for schools to protect their students and staff. Every day parents send their children to school, trusting that they will return home at the end of the school day safe and sound. Safety and security measures at school must always be something that is discussed, addressed, and acted upon in a comprehensive fashion. Community schools believe all children have the right to a safe and secure learning environment.

Research suggests that learning is enhanced when students feel safe and secure in their learning environment. This includes access to healthy foods, opportunities for physical activity, clean air to breathe, and access to nurses services, including emotional/mental health assistance from school counselors. Although schools play a critical role in helping students and families feel comfortable and safe, these issues and others are matters that must be addressed by our community working together, in a comprehensive approach to solve them and prevent future violence. Knee-jerk reactions disguised as quick fixes to the problem should be avoided.

We cannot solve this problem alone. State and federal action may be necessary to provide resources to enhance school safety, and plenty can be done with commonsense gun safety legislation without changing our current understanding of the Second Amendment.

Schools remain the safest places for children, and, according to the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), today’s schools are considerably safer than they were 25 years ago. Over the last decade, the number of schools reporting an incident of violent crime fell by more than 20 percent. A recent AASA poll found that 84 percent of parents believe their child is safe in school. Yet, outside of schools each year, 3,000 children and teens are killed in violent acts involving guns and 15,000 are injured.

Schools Should Have:

  • Policies and safety plans in place that assist us in addressing the various safety needs in our schools(i.e. fire and tornado drills, intruder drills, lock-down procedures, etc.)
  • An active safety team comprised of area professionals that, among other activities, conducts safety audits to evaluate and analyze the effectiveness of school security plans.
  • Communication plans in place to inform parents and the community about crisis situations.
  • Regular training (i.e.Strategos) for faculty and staff as well as tabletop discussions for the district’s school emergency management team, including practicing for the many “new” FEMA shelters.
  • Developed helpful partnerships with local law enforcement and appropriate community agencies (such as mental health) to assist each other during difficult times of crisis.

We do not want our schools to look or feel like armed fortresses. Even with the adding of additional School Resource Officers (SROs) we realize our schools, like others throughout the country, are large buildings. It is unreasonable to assume that SROs can be everywhere all the time.

The time to address safety is now, but to do so in a well-thought-out manner resulting in a comprehensive plan of action that will weather the test of time.

Dr. Kleinsmith Joins the Team

Posted By Sapp Design – Jun 1 | 2019

Dr. Kleinsmith recently retired from 18 highly successful years as superintendent of Nixa Public Schools. During his career in Nixa, he lead many highly successful bond issues by pioneering advanced communication strategies to keep a community engaged and informed at all times.

Dr. Kleinsmith joined Sapp Design as an educational consultant to apply a uniquely passionate and insightful perspective to the Sapp Design team. His focus is to keep the team informed and up to speed with the trends and issues currently effecting education and how that might translate into the built environment. Dr. Kleinsmith’s experience also applies districts who may need help formulating campaign and community engagement strategies that foster long term community buy-in and trust.

Welcoming Jacob Mclain

Posted By Sapp Design – May 20 | 2019

Jacob Mclain joins Sapp Design Architects full-time after graduating from Drury University with a Masters in Architecture. Jacob has worked part-time for the firm during his senior year and has become a vital team member working on some of the firms most complex projects.

Jacob wanted to become an architect to physically impact people’s daily life through my design. For Jacob, Architecture has always been about the experience and drive to have others feel the influence a building can have on the individuals using the space. 

At Sapp Design his focus area of interest includes mostly public and commercial work but has  particular  interest in mixed-use architecture, combining live-work-play into one. The more lives he can positively influence with design, the better. Architecture presents opportunities for designers such as himself to use creative ways to be environmentally conscience and sustainable, something that is on the forefront of everyone’s mind nowadays. If we can lead by example through sustainable building design, then that starts to set a precedent for everyone to follow in their daily lives.

East Lee’s Summit Library Groundbreaking

Posted By Sapp Design – May 10 | 2019

Friday, May 10, 2019, our team broke ground on a new library in East Lee’s Summit. Located at SE Battery Drive and SE Blue Parkway in Lee’s Summit, MO. The New Branch will be completed in late 2020.  The branch will be a new 18,500 square-foot library with many new amenities and technology.

Mid-Continent Public Library currently has two other branches in Lee’s Summit—off Oldham Parkway and Colbern Road—and collectively the two circulated more than one million items during the last fiscal year (putting them at #1 and #3 in terms of circulation out of MCPL’s 31 branches). Additionally, they had more than 330,000 visitors in their buildings last year. The new East Lee’s Summit branch will help the Library better meet the needs of this growing community.

Serving more than 800,000 people in Jackson, Clay, and Platte Counties, Mid Continent Public Library (MCPL) is the largest library system in the Kansas City Metro Area and one of the largest in the country. Over the last year, the design team of Sapp Design Architects and Helix Architecture + Design has been working with MCPL to prepare for the official launch of their capital program, which kicked off in May.

Funded by the overwhelming passage of Proposition L in 2016, MCPL is investing $113 million dollars into enhancing all 31 existing branches and constructing two new locations. Of the 31 existing branches, MCPL will be replacing four with new buildings, expanding three with substantial building additions and renovating all 24 others. While the upgrades at each branch vary based on individual community needs and the building’s current condition, the improvements will help ensure that branches serve the needs of modern library users.

Sapp and Helix are working collaboratively to bring the firms’ combined expertise with 21st-century libraries, architecture and interior design to each branch. As technology has increasingly become our conduit to knowledge, public libraries are evolving into community centers and cultural hubs that offer a wide variety of services and programs. MCPL and design team members from Helix and Sapp held a series of 29 public meetings to gather input from library users. These meetings helped inform the programs, spaces, and technologies that will be most impactful for each branch and the community it serves.

MCPL and the Sapp | Helix design team worked closely with Construction Manager, JE Dunn Construction to develop a phased approach to construction. Phase I projects, which kicked off in June, include the Blue Springs South Branch, Excelsior Springs Branch, Antioch Branch and Midwest Genealogy Center. Additional Phase I projects will kick-off this summer, including the Oak Grove, Weston, and Platte City branches. During the renovations, customers will be directed to alternate locations to conduct their Library business.

Build My Futures

Posted By Sapp Design – Apr 17 | 2019

Educating the next generation about the AEC industry is something our team is proud to be a part of! This year at the 2019 Build My Futures event Sapp Design gave area High School students the chance to test drive the latest technology tools used in our industry.

Our team shared how we have been using Virtual Reality to communicate design and scale to achieve better input from clients.

Build My Future began as a side conversation between MoDOT and staff at the Ozark Region Workforce Development Board after a Construction Roundtable Discussion. MoDOT mentioned there was an event in another area that focused on high school students and offered hands experiences. The Construction and Trades Industry has struggled to find ways to allow youth to “test drive” careers as they can with many other industries.

Welcoming Jennifer Fick

Posted By Sapp Design – Mar 4 | 2019

Jennifer Fick, is the second interior designer to join the Sapp Design team. She is graduate of Missouri State’s Interior Design and Construction Management program and has been working in the industry for the last 3 years. Her past experience has been in the residential market working with homeowners and builders designing detailed casework. She now ready to grow those skills in the commercial design markets.

Jennifer is excited to combine her many talents and interest in a creative and innovative ways by identifying the purpose of the space integrated with the thought-process of how people interact. She believes the cognitive ergonomics is a fascinating design element that she enjoys integrating into space planning, furniture selection, and finish selection.

Re-opening The Blue Springs South Branch Library

Posted By Sapp Design – Jan 11 | 2019

Today Mid-Continent Public Library is re-opening The Blue Springs South Branch Library! The Blue Springs South Branch underwent significant changes during renovation, including the following:

  • New entry location and signage
  • New community room (cap. 140)
  • New collaboration rooms
  • New teen area
  • New furniture additions
  • New children’s area
  • New reading lounge
  • New and updated public computers
  • New printer for public use
  • Updated children’s computers (AWEs)
  • New and improved Wi-Fi coverage and access
  • Landscape enhancements

Serving more than 800,000 people in Jackson, Clay, and Platte Counties, Mid Continent Public Library (MCPL) is the largest library system in the Kansas City Metro Area and one of the largest in the country. Over the last year, the design team of Sapp Design Architects and Helix Architecture + Design has been working with MCPL to prepare for the official launch of their capital program, which kicked off in May.

Funded by the overwhelming passage of Proposition L in 2016, MCPL is investing $113 million dollars into enhancing all 31 existing branches and constructing two new locations. Of the 31 existing branches, MCPL will be replacing four with new buildings, expanding three with substantial building additions and renovating all 24 others. While the upgrades at each branch vary based on individual community needs and the building’s current condition, the improvements will help ensure that branches serve the needs of modern library users.

Sapp and Helix are working collaboratively to bring the firms’ combined expertise with 21st-century libraries, architecture and interior design to each branch. As technology has increasingly become our conduit to knowledge, public libraries are evolving into community centers and cultural hubs that offer a wide variety of services and programs. MCPL and design team members from Helix and Sapp held a series of 29 public meetings to gather input from library users. These meetings helped inform the programs, spaces, and technologies that will be most impactful for each branch and the community it serves.

MCPL and the Sapp | Helix design team worked closely with Construction Manager, JE Dunn Construction to develop a phased approach to construction. Phase I projects, which kicked off in June, include the Blue Springs South Branch, Excelsior Springs Branch, Antioch Branch and Midwest Genealogy Center. Additional Phase I projects will kick-off this summer, including the Oak Grove, Weston, and Platte City branches. During the renovations, customers will be directed to alternate locations to conduct their Library business.

Phase II is anticipated to kick off in Fall of 2018 and Phases III and IV in 2019. The library is targeting completion of all upgrades by 2022. The latest updates on projects can be found at www.mymcpl.org/community