Earth Day 2016

Posted By bsapp – Apr 25 | 2016

Earth Day 2016

For Earth Day 2016 the Sapp Design Team celebrated in two ways to promote and raise awareness to environmental issues.  To start off the the day we opened Springfield’s new Clean Water Operations Center! This new 12,000 sf center promotes environmentally friendly building practices with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Level of LEED Silver. The the highlights of this facility are its 2,900 gallon cistern, rain gardens and lot of natural light on the buildings interior.

Later in the day, we were off to do some trash clean up around Springfield Lake and below the dam along the river. Our team had a great time and even got to see some of our local wildlife…..Snakes!

2015 Solar Decathlon

Posted By bsapp – Aug 3 | 2015

This past weekend, Sapp Design Architects decided to put our muscle where our mouth is regarding energy efficiency and cutting-edge, high-tech design. The firm volunteered to help out on the Crowder College and Drury University’s Design-Build Solar Decathlon House. Our own summer intern, Jonas Gassmann, a Drury University Architecture student, leads the volunteer efforts and is also one of the Designers of this amazing project.  Once completed, the house will be deconstructed and shipped to Irvine, California. Once in California the house will be reconstructed and monitored for its energy efficiency under real-world conditions. The Crowder/Drury team will then be judged against other teams from across the U.S.

A full look at the project can be seen here and here.

About the Competition:

This national competition by the  U.S. Department of Energy challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

Bonnie Crawford Wins Rosebud Award!

Posted By bsapp – Nov 8 | 2013


This year at the 2013 Springfield Missouri Contractors Association Dinner, NAWIC  (The National Association of Women in Construction ) Southwest Missouri Chapter presented SDA’s Bonnie Crawford, AIA , LEED AP with this year’s Rosebud Award. NAWIC’s prestigious Rosebud award celebrates outstanding woman in construction who have 10 years or less experience in the field of construction. To win this prestigious award many letters of recommendation must be submitted and is reviewed by a group not associated with the construction industry.

Bonnie Joined SDA in 2005 after graduating from Drury University’s Hammons School of Architecture.  Since that time Bonnie has completed her Architectural Registration exams and is now a Licensed Architect and has participated in several landmark projects in our community. Bonnie excels at each challenge and responsibility she is given with a positive “let’s get it done” attitude and always with a meticulous eye for detail.  Bonnie is not only a valuable member of our Team, but also to the Design and Construction Industry as a whole by investing her time and energy into educating students at various career activities and through the Springfield Contractors Association Scholarship Committee.

Client Quotes,

“Bonnie Crawford is the best listener I have ever known and she then causes that listening to become buildings; buildings that are beautiful, functional, and that the children of this district love.”

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

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.

Greening Nixa Schools

Posted By bsapp – May 17 | 2011

This is the fourth presentation this year for Nixa’s schools Adopt-a-class program that SDA has been participating in throughout the year.  Each class presentation consists of educating the students on different types of sustainable/green principles in building construction.  This fourth session is final installment where the children use what they have learned from the previous presentations to design their own green dream home.  The children will design their own floor plan and then they call out all of the different green elements that they have incorporated into their dream home.  Then next week we will return and the children will present their dream home designs to the rest of the class.



Nixa Adopt-a-Class: Climate

Posted By bsapp – Feb 9 | 2011

Nixa Adopt-a-Class:  Climate
On Thursday, February 10th, Eric Street and Bonnie Crawford met with Ms. Fairchild’s 6th grade class at Summit Elementary School in Nixa to instruct on the topic of “Climate.”  They discussed the temperate climate of southwest Missouri and how residents can use the natural light, native plantings, and cool breezes to passively light, heat, cool, and ventilate the built environment.  This was part of an ongoing lesson plan to improve students’ understanding of what it means to be “Green.”

A Review of Green Topics with 6th Graders

Posted By bsapp – Mar 1 | 2010

This classroom collaboration was initiated by Michael Sapp of Sapp Design Associates Architects at the beginning of the school year. He asked the District if they could visit a classroom each month and enhance their science curriculum with lessons on environmental design. The goal was to assist students in becoming knowledgeable about environmental issues and to teach simple actions that all citizens can take to protect our natural resources for future generations.
This spring, SDA staff continues to visit with Julie Karlson’s sixth grade science class at Inman Elementary School in Nixa, MO to review “Green Topics”. In the first three lessons, we discussed “green” terminology, the meaning of sustainability, solar and climate information, as well as the basic building elements and the role they play in providing shelter from harsh climate while also utilizing good climate. With all of this information, the last two lessons will be focused on pulling together a simple house plan and applying what they have learned about climate and environmental forces to the design.
At our fourth session last week, students were given a class assignment to design their dream “green” home. This session was presented by Steve Telscher and John McNabb. The kids are terrific and quite knowledgeable about environmental issues. They are having a great time designing like an architect. Next month, their house designs will be displayed and each student will discuss the “green” elements if their design