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Salute To Springfield's Soul: Get To Know The Medical Arts Building

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Medical Arts Building 1930

Exciting announcement coming Spring of 2019 about this local landmark!

The Medical Arts Building was built in 1928-1930. The building was erected at the southeast corner of South Avenue and Pershing Street at a cost of $425,000. It soon was filled to capacity, mainly with doctors, dentists and other medical-related offices. It was conveniently located near St John's Hospital, Burge Hospital and Baptist Hospital. The eight-story building was owned by bondholders under the directorship of the Greene County Medical Arts Association.

In 1944 Springfield real estate dealer O.L. Burger purchased the building. The building was at 90 percent capacity at the time of the sale. The following year Arthur Eichholz purchased the building. He owned the building for 18 years along with General Properties, a family corporation including Eichholz’s son Richard and Maurice Bilyeu. During this time the building was consistently at nearly full capacity. It was renamed the Empire Building.

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“New ideas need old buildings.”

New life coming to the Medical Arts Building.

In 1963 Butler And Associates, an architectural firm, purchased the Empire from General Properties Inc. They paid over $300,000 for the building. Throughout the 1960s and through the 1970s the Empire fell on hard times. Park Plaza Development Company purchased the building in 1972. In April, 1974, each of the nine remaining tenants received letters asking them to vacate the building. Empire Bank had acquired the property through a foreclosure. Empire Bank had a second mortgage on the building and a first mortgage on its parking lot. Great Southern Savings had a first mortgage on the building. The Empire was vacated on May 1, 1974. In 1976 Diversified Land and Cattle Company acquired the building. Partners James Crawford and Darence Clenginger were the first occupants. In 1978 the Springfield City Directory listed the building’s name as Park Central Towers. In 1977 Burrell Behavorial Health moved into the building, where they stayed until 1984. By 1980 there were several tenants in Park Central Tower. The 1985 City Directory shows Great Southern Insurance occupying several floors, the Greene County Democratic Committee in the ground floor and miscellaneous other businesses in the building. From approximately 1990 to the present Great Southern Bank has occupied the entire building.

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SBJ Spring 2019 Architects & Engineers Project Report: Innovative Dental

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BY: CHRISTINE TEMPLE, FEATURES EDITORctemple@sbj.net

Posted online March 25, 2019 | 3:03 pm

Innovative Dental
3192 E. Farm Road 188

Innovative Dental plans to open its second office in early 2020 just south of the Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital on U.S. Highway 65. It’s designed as a two-story building with a modern steel frame, a glass lobby and exposed structural steel. Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective is the project architect and mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineer. Larry Snyder & Co. is the general contractor, and engineering work is from Anderson Engineering Inc., civil and landscape; and Miller Engineering PC, structural.

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SBJ Spring 2019 Architects & Engineers Project Report: The Cliffs at Long Creek, Phase III

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BY: CHRISTINE TEMPLE, FEATURES EDITORctemple@sbj.net

Posted online March 25, 2019 | 2:56 pm

The Cliffs at Long Creek, Phase III
915 Long Creek Road, Ridgedale

The six-story addition to The Cliffs at Long Creek vacation resort is on a cliff overlooking Table Rock Lake, just south of the Route 86 bridge. The 53-unit project is a joint venture between Bluegreen Vacations and Big Cedar Lodge. The design blends a rustic aesthetic with the surrounding landscape. Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective served as project architect and provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering work. Additional engineering was by Anderson Engineering Inc., civil; J&M Engineering LLC, structural; and SWT Design Inc. (St. Louis), landscape. The project is slated for completion in summer 2020.

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SBJ: Spring 2019 Architects & Engineers Project Report: Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective

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Spring 2019 Architects & Engineers Project Report: Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective

BY: CHRISTINE TEMPLE, FEATURES EDITORctemple@sbj.net

Posted online March 25, 2019 | 1:56 pm

Anderson Engineering offices
3213 S. West Bypass

Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective is the project architect and mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineer for Anderson Engineering Inc.’s new offices. The $2.5 million project, according to a city building permit, comprises a roughly 10,000-square-foot office building and 5,000-square-foot testing lab. The two buildings will be connected by an outdoor patio and covered walkway. The office area features private and open offices, a work room, conference rooms, large meeting space and break room. Base Construction & Management LLC serves as general contractor while engineering work is by Anderson Engineering, civil and landscape; and Miller Engineering PC, structural. The project, financed by Commerce Bank, is expected to be completed in December.

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SBJ: Spring 2019 Architects & Engineers Project Report: Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective

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Spring 2019 Architects & Engineers Project Report: Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective

BY: CHRISTINE TEMPLE, FEATURES EDITORctemple@sbj.net

Posted online March 25, 2019 | 1:51 pm

Mid-Missouri Bank Operations & Retail Center
1619 E. Independence St.

Mid-Missouri Bank has plans for a new three-story bank and operations building, comprised mostly of metal panels and glass, to replace its current headquarters just 100 yards to the north. Planned design features include the permeation of natural sunlight and an outdoor deck area on the roof. Project architect Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective also is providing mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering work. DeWitt & Associates Inc. is the general contractor and additional civil and structural engineering work is handled by Toth & Associates Inc. The project is expected to wrap up by June 2020.

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From the Ground Up: BluCurrent Credit Union

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BY: ERIC OLSON, EDITOReolson@sbj.net

Posted online February 25, 2019 | 6:19 pm

Owner/developer: BluCurrent Credit Union


General contractor: Nesbitt Construction Inc

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Architect: Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective


Engineers: Lee Engineering and Associates LLC, civil; J&M Engineering LLC, structural; and Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective, mechanical, electrical and plumbing.


Size: 2,500 square feet


Estimated cost: $765,000


Lender: None


Estimated completion: June


Project description: After working with Base Construction & Management LLC in the preliminary design phase, BluCurrent spokeswoman Jacqueline Post said Nesbitt Construction was hired for the construction. Project completion was pushed back a few months to early summer due to re-engineering, she said. Officials had set a first-quarter opening for the branch, the cost for which has increased about 20 percent due to materials pricing. Post said it’s designed with a technology bar, interactive kids’ area, a mixed media wall and member conference areas. The new branch, which would be BluCurrent’s fourth, represents a return to Glenstone Avenue. The credit union sold a location near Glenstone and Seminole Street over five years ago. BluCurrent President and CEO Craig Tabor has said the credit union plans to open another branch or two in the next few years, and it owns property at the northeast corner of Campbell Avenue and Weaver Road slated for a new operations center and possible branch.

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Anderson Engineering to break ground on new HQ

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BY: SBJ STAFFsbj@sbj.net

Posted online February 19, 2019 

Anderson Engineering Inc. plans to break ground on its new headquarters this month after receiving a needed annexation and rezoning from Springfield City Council for the relocation in the fall.

The engineering firm scheduled a 10 a.m. Feb. 28 groundbreaking ceremony at 3213 S. West Bypass, according to a news release.

Officials plan to move into a 10,000-square-foot office from their current space at 2045 W. Woodland St.

“As we continue to expand, this facility will fit our existing needs and allow us to continue that growth,” Anderson Engineering CEO Neil Brady said in the release. “The new space will provide our employees with collaborative workspaces, training facilities and additional amenities and resources to help us better serve our clients across the country.”

With architecture work from Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective, Base Construction & Management LLC is the general contractor for the project that includes a separate 5,000-square-foot materials testing lab with a loading dock. Commerce Bank is financing the project, the cost of which was not included in the release. An Anderson Engineering official could not be reached for the figure by deadline, and a city building permit does not display the estimated cost for the project.

Anderson Engineering representatives went to council in September 2018 to have the 9-acre property annexed into the city. The purchase of the land from Donald Williams was contingent on the annexation and a rezoning to highway commercial from suburban residential, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.

Council approved the annexation and rezoning during its Sept. 24 meeting.

Anderson Engineering expects to relocate its 40 corporate employees to the new headquarters in December, according to the release.

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New north-side hotel, event center open

Holiday Inn Express & Suites spans nearly 63,000 square feet. PHOTO PROVIDED BY KEVIN ALGEO

Holiday Inn Express & Suites spans nearly 63,000 square feet. PHOTO PROVIDED BY KEVIN ALGEO

BY: GEOFF PICKLE, WEB PRODUCERgpickle@sbj.net

O’Reilly Hospitality Management LLC opened its new Holiday Inn Express & Suites and adjacent Moon Town Crossing event center in north Springfield.

Kevin Algeo, general manager for the 111-room hotel at 3050 N. Kentwood Ave., said the lodging facility opened to customers Feb. 1 after the completion of the $13 million, nearly 63,000-square-foot project he said started about a year ago. Moon Town Crossing, located at 3070 N. Kentwood Ave., held its first event — a monthly open house — on Jan. 13 as construction continues at the craftsman-style event space, said Cassidy Palmer, the venue’s sales and operations manager.

“As we get closer to the finish line, we’re going to start doing bigger and bigger events,” Palmer said, noting Moon Town’s construction is expected to be fully complete by early April. “The patio area is done. The inside of the building is almost completely done, except for the flooring.”

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Construction continues on Moon Town Crossing,

For Moon Town, wooden beams for the barn-like structure were made at Ozark Timber Frame’s Amish community in El Dorado Springs and shipped to the development site in Springfield, according to past reporting.

O’Reilly Hospitality CEO Tim O’Reilly’s Glen44 Investments LLC owns both properties. They’re managed by O’Reilly Hospitality.

A city building permit put the estimated cost of Moon Town Crossing at $334,764, Springfield Business Journal previously reported. Larry Snyder and Co. served as general contractor with Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective as architect for both projects.

At Holiday Inn, Algeo said six rooms were booked Friday after the hotel opened at 3:30 p.m. Four rooms were booked Saturday, with a couple others on Sunday, he said.

“We weren’t in the system until we went live,” Algeo said, noting with reservations now available, he expects bookings to increase.

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SBJ Design Team of the Year finalist: National Place

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BY: CHRISTINE TEMPLE, FEATURES EDITORctemple@sbj.net

Posted online November 5, 2018 | 3:07 pm

Owner/developer: National Place LLC
General contractor: BP Builders LLC
Architect: Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective
Engineers: Lee Engineering and Associates LLC and Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective 
Interior designer: Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective
Size: 30,000 square feet
Cost: $3 million
Project completed: November 2017

Most people might have missed the potential of the narrow lot at the corner of National Avenue and Montclair Street. That’s not the case for Jon Dodd, principal and director of architecture at Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective. 

“Many people thought this site was not capable of being developed the way that it was,” he said. “Most just saw this site as a narrow piece of ground for another one-story, monotonous strip center development. Until this team came along.” 

One hurdle early on was zoning requirements that caused height limitations. 

“Pockets were designed into the wood truss floor and roof structure to accommodate overhead mechanical equipment allowing the floor-to-floor heights to be lower,” Dodd said. 

The 32,000-square-foot office and medical building located in the middle of the Medical Mile houses seven tenants, including Buxton Kubik Dodd, Missouri Trust & Investment Co. and Family Back & Neck Care Centre, as well as PrimeLending in an adjacent freestanding building. 

Dodd points to design highlights as the three-story lobby, with an open glass element, and a covered rooftop terrace.

“There are a lot of amazing things about this building, from its striking modern design [to] how it glows at night,” he said. “We were able to preserve and renovate the existing 1960s-era office building on the site, bringing the once-vacant eyesore up to par with the newer modern building design.”

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SBJ Design Team of the Year finalist: Boomer Town Studios

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BY: CHRISTINE TEMPLE, FEATURES EDITORctemple@sbj.net

Posted online November 5, 2018 | 3:06 pm

Owner/developer: Boomertown Lofts LLC
General contractor: Larry Snyder and Co.
Architect: Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective
Engineers: Lee Engineering and Associates LLC, Miller Engineering PC and Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective 
Interior designer: Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective
Size: 41,381 square feet
Cost: $4.5 million
Project completed: August 2018

Boomer Town Studios was developed with the convenience of on-campus dorms – due to its close proximity to Missouri State University – and coupled with the design and feel of solo apartment living.

The 70 single-occupancy, fully furnished 391-square-foot studios are situated in a four-story walk-up just 200 feet from MSU across National Avenue, said Brian Kubik, principal, architect and president of Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective.

The studio complex is designed to house two commercial tenants within the bottom floor, he said, and Travellers House Coffee opened Sept. 24 in one of the spaces.

Kubik said construction crews were on a tight timeline to finish by the start of MSU’s fall semester. 

“Once the project got going, it went fairly smooth,” he said. “If there were any issues at all they were simply making efforts to be good neighbors with the Rountree Neighborhood Association and scheduling construction deliveries to a limited accessible site.”

The site required public utility upgrades, he said, including a greater electrical capacity and a new water main on National.

Kubik called the project a “tremendous upgrade from the former single-family dilapidated residence structures between Page and Madison streets.”

He said his favorite design element is the development’s contemporary look with clean lines.

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