5700 Hours Later!

Posted By bsapp – Aug 7 | 2017

At this milestone occasion, we are pleased to announce that Devon Burke has achieved licensure as an Architect in the State of Missouri. Our team is extremely proud of Devon and her dedication to her professional path and the strengths she brings to our now team of 12 licensed architects!

What people might not know is the journey to becoming an Architect is not an easy one. It begins with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from a five-year accredited program, which deprives students of nearly four years of sleep. (Devon surpassed this requirement with a Masters degree from Drury University.) Then come the thousands of hours of architectural experience under an already licensed architect that are required by the Architectural Experience Program (AXP). During this time, you are basically doing what an architect does, but you can’t call yourself an architect. (You can’t even call yourself an architectural intern anymore!) And finally, a candidate must pass the grueling Architect Registration Exam (ARE), a series of exams that test your competence as an architect.

Transform Kansas City

Posted By bsapp – Sep 3 | 2013


Transform KC is a joint effort between the Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance and the American Institute of Architects Kansas City Young Architects Forum. Together they have created a Calls to Ideas in which anyone was able to submit an idea for what they feel the future of rail should be in Kansas City. SDA’s very own Benjamin Hall has submitted his own idea, focusing more on a holistic approach to the transportation needs of Kansas City, and the 21st century American City in general. Benjamin’s approach was to create network of innovative modes of transportation while remaining both economically and environmentally sustainable. Below is an excerpt from Benjamin’s proposal…

The City Problem

“Cities happen to be problems in organized complexity, like the life sciences… The variables are many, but they are not helter-skelter; they are “interrelated into an organic whole.”

Jane Jacobs, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities”

In an effort to decrease traffic congestion, and improve the lives of city dwellers, a multi-modal transit plan must be implemented that combines public policy with good design. All modes of transportation should seek to be unsubsidized, and entirely self-sufficient.  As with any sustainable trend users of such modes of transportation should not have to feel as though they are making sacrifices, but rather gaining from it. Public policy should focus on the densification of urban environments rather than attempt to master plan them. Densification is the key to the success of any mass transit system, to include cyclist and pedestrians.  A diversity of businesses mixed with residential, and public institutions must be inseparable to assure activity at all times of day and prevent desolate public spaces where criminal activity thrives.  Cities must be thought of as problems of organized complexity where the only solution is a coordinated effort among many disciplines that first seeks to thoroughly discover the issues at hand, and solve them with the combination of appropriate policy and GOOD design.

We Have New Team Members

Posted By bsapp – Jul 29 | 2013

Sapp Design Associates Architects is growing and is pleased to announce the hiring of 4 new members to the team! SDA is committed to bringing together smart, talented people from a diversity of backgrounds!


Brad Mckenzie | AIA 

Brad has over 17 years of experience in all phases of architecture from due diligence through construction administration. He has worked on various project types including retail, churches, offices, and multiple medical and dental projects. Brad is also a skilled leader; before returning to his true passion of architecture he spent three years as Vice President of engineering at a national manufacturing company.

Ben Hall | Architectural Intern 

Benjamin is a native to Springfield and attended Drury University’s Hammon School of Architecture. While there, he studied at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Denmark. Benjamin has served 7 years in the United States Air Force Reserve as a Staff Sergeant, and graduated at the top of his class. [bra_border_divider]

Devon Swatzell | Architectural Intern 

Devon recently earned a Master of Architecture and minors in Business Administration and Global Studies from Drury University. Her college honors include the Deans Scholarship and Deans list each semester along with membership in Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society and Mortar Board National Honor Society.

Nick Beishir | Architectural Intern 

Nick recently earned his Masters of Architecture degree  from Drury University.  His College honors include the Librarium Award for Excellence in Design of the spring of 2011 -2012. He is involved with many phases of the design process and is currently member of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators.

Bonnie Crawford now AIA

Posted By bsapp – Nov 25 | 2012

We very pleased to announce that Bonnie Crawford has recently completed and passed her registration exams and officially received a Missouri Architectural License. Bonnie joined SDA Architects in June 2005 and is a graduate of Drury University. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Her many responsibilities include programming, client relations, project management, and construction administration.  Her areas of professional expertise include project disciplines in recreation, education, religious and civic.

Ryan Stewart is now AIA

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Sapp Design Associates Architects, P.C. is very pleased to announce that Ryan Stewart has recently passed his registration exams and has officially received a Missouri Architectural License.   Ryan Stewart joined SDA Architects in May 2006 and is a graduate of Drury University.  He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Rayn has served on the design team for many of the firm’s significant projects including Nixa Public Schools, Cherokee Middle School for Springfield Public Schools, James River Assembly (Main Campus), and Joplin Elementary.   His areas of expertise include programming, project management and construction administration services.  Areas of professional focus include project disciplines in educational, municipal, religious, and commercial facilities.

Project Management Training

Posted By bsapp – Jun 12 | 2012

It has been a very busy last couple of months and it is time to recognize some great achievements and anniversaries made by the SDA Team!

In April Kristi Beattie, Eric Street and John McNabb traveled to Chicago for Project Management Training. training was critical in educating them about the many aspect of effective project management and how to coordinate a project for success. It included topics such as Business Development, project planning & schedule, Development of a successful project Financial plan, personal productivity, and wrapping up a project.


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


Appointed to Springfield AIA

Posted By bsapp – Oct 25 | 2011

Congratulations to John McNabb who has been appointed to serve as a director on the Springfield AIA board.  His term will run through 2014.  John McNabb joined Sapp Design Associates in 2004 and received his architecture license in 2009.



Kristi L. Beattie – AIA

Posted By bsapp – Sep 1 | 2011

Sapp Design Associates Architects, P.C. is very pleased to announce that Kristi Beattie has recently completed and passed her registration exams and received a Missouri Architectural License. Ms. Beattie joined SDA Architects in May 2004 and is a past graduate of Drury University. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional. Ms. Beattie has served on the design team for many of the firm’s significant projects including Ozark Recreation Center, Nixa City Hall, and Carl Junction Community Center. Her main responsibilities include programming, client relations, project management and construction administration. Her areas of professional expertise include project disciplines in recreation, education, religious and civic

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