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


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.”

SBJ FILE PHOTO  Construction continues on Moon Town Crossing,


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.



SBJ Design Team of the Year finalist: National Place

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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.”



SBJ Design Team of the Year finalist: Boomer Town Studios



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.



SBJ: Mid-Missouri Bank to build new HQ, branch


Mid-Missouri Bank to build new HQ, branch


Posted online October 19, 2018 | 11:55 am

Mid-Missouri Bank isn’t going very far for its new combined headquarters and full-service branch — about 100 yards, in fact, a company spokesman says.

Director of Marketing Andrew Moore said the company is in the early design stages for new construction just in front of its current, longtime corporate offices at 1619 E. Independence St. 

“They’ve just widened James River (Freeway) there,” he said. “We felt like that was prime real estate.” 

Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective is designing the new office and branch that Moore said would decrease its operations space from a current 23,000 square feet. 

“We have a lot of unused space here,” Moore said, noting the company has operated at the building since it was built in 2002.

Mid-Missouri’s 42 current corporate employees, along with one more planned hire, would relocate to the new building, he said. Design features planned include the permeation of natural sunlight and an outdoor deck area on the roof. 

In tandem with the construction plans, Mid-Missouri listed its current buildingwith R.B. Murray Co. for sale at $3.1 million. 

With the new branch, Mid-Missouri would operate 14 banking locations. Noting the bank already owns the land where construction will take place, Moore was unsure when the building would be completed.



SBJ: Restaurant, brewery opening at Quarry Town

SBJ PHOTO BY ERIC OLSON  Commercial space is expected to be complete by month’s end for Green Circle Projects LLC’s Quarry Town in Galloway Village.


Commercial space is expected to be complete by month’s end for Green Circle Projects LLC’s Quarry Town in Galloway Village.

Restaurant, brewery opening at Quarry Town


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A new brewery and restaurant concept have signed on as anchor tenants for Green Circle Projects LLC’s Quarry Town development in Galloway Village.

The Rock is the latest restaurant idea from the owners of Bair’s Sports Grill, slated for a February 2019 opening, and Great Escape Beer Works is underway to launch next month, according to a Green Circle Projects news release.

Leases signed by two office tenants brings the preopening occupancy rate to 30 percent for the 20,000 square feet of commercial space currently in Quarry Town. Also underway is work to create 100 apartments at the $14 million development site, 4006 S. Lone Pine Ave.

Green Circle Projects spokesman Matt Wagner said the development’s commercial space is expected to be complete by month’s end. Quarry Town has 14,000 square feet of additional retail and office space the company is marketing. 

Tim and Jennifer Bair’s The Rock is inspired by landmarks such as Drury University’s Stone Chapel and St. John’s Episcopal Church, which used stone quarried from the Ozarks.

“Quarry Town is the perfect setting for our new venture,” Tim Bair said in the release of his new 2,900-square-foot restaurant and bar. “Having seen the success of Farmers Park, we knew it would be a place others would want to visit.” 

Great Escape owners Jake and Jen Duensing are finishing up their 3,000-square-foot space in Quarry Town to open next month. The Duensings’ two-floor taproom would join around 10 other breweries either operating or planned in Springfield. Sisters Carol and Susan McLeod recently announced they’re targeting a summer 2019 opening for their Hold Fast Brewing company at the former Fire Station No. 1, 235 N. Kimbrough Ave.

Prosperity Financial Group and Patterson’s Hospitality Agents are the two office tenants signed on for Quarry Town. Prosperity, a financial planning and wealth management firm, is moving its five employees from its current office at 1354 E. Kearney St. Patterson’s Hospitality Agents, a company that supplies and installs quartz, granite, shower and tub enclosures for the hospitality and multifamily industries, is joining Quarry Town as it ramps up to also cover purchasing and design services, according to the release.

Ross Construction Group LLC is expected to complete the apartments in February.



SBJ: New HQ positions Zimmerman companies for growth

A ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony for Zimmerman Properties LLC, Zimmerman Properties Construction LLC and Wilhoit Properties Inc. is scheduled for Friday.

A ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony for Zimmerman Properties LLC, Zimmerman Properties Construction LLC and Wilhoit Properties Inc. is scheduled for Friday.


The family of companies under the Zimmerman Corporate LLC umbrella are now operating in a new headquarters that’s “sized for future growth,” according to one of the companies’ top executives. 

Bob Davidson, chief financial officer and chief operating officer for Zimmerman Properties LLC, Zimmerman Properties Construction LLC and Wilhoit Properties Inc., said the relocation to 1329 E. Lark St. created a space with room to grow. City building permits put the approximate development cost at $4 million. 

“We sized the corporate office so we could probably comfortably hold 120-130 employees,” he said, noting no hiring plans are currently in the works. “It’s just more opportunistic as the company continues to grow. It goes with the economy and the opportunities that we find.” 

Davidson said the family of companies outgrew their leased space at Green Circle Projects LLC’s Southgate Shopping Center, 2144 E. Republic Road, about five years ago. Since “almost everything we do on our properties runs through our corporate office,” Davidson said the new campus’ flow and space — compared with tight working quarters inside Southgate — are more efficient for some 90 corporate employees. 

From the new headquarters, Zimmerman employees manage $50 million in annual revenue, mostly made through the apartment-building Zimmerman Properties Construction business, and assets in 17 states, Davidson said. The companies’ portfolio comprises around 15,000 rental units housing 40,000 residents. 

The Zimmerman companies moved into the Lark Street campus on July 13, said Office Manager Pamela Gertz. A ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony for the nearly 32,000-square-foot campus is scheduled Oct. 12.

Base Construction & Management LLC started building the new corporate offices in summer 2017, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting. Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective was the project architect.



SBJ From the Ground Up: Volt Credit Union


From the Ground Up: Volt Credit Union

2624 W. Republic Road


Posted online October 1, 2018 | 3:13 pm

Owner/developer: Volt Credit Union
General contractor: Federal Construction Inc.
Architect: Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective
Engineers: Lee Engineering and Associates LLC, civil; Miller Engineering PC, structural; and Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective, mechanical, electrical and plumbing
Size: 11,000 square feet
Estimated cost: $2 million, per city permit
Lender: None
Estimated completion: early January 2019
Project description: Formerly Community Financial Credit Union, the 80-year-old financial institution rebranded this summer, and officials say this new headquarters is central to the identity and cultural shift. The credit union currently operates one branch, on Tampa Street downtown, after leaving Walnut Lawn Street and National Avenue to make way for Kum & Go’s convenience store expansion. Volt Credit Union President and CEO Loretta Roney said a marketing campaign dubbed Revolt Against Banking as Usual coincides with the name change and new branch. “We’re really trying to take away the traditional bank environment,” she said. The lobby is designed with teller pods and dialogue towers for clients and staff to congregate around, she said, as well as a coffee station and tech area for videos, games and educational content. Roney said Frank & Maven agency is handling marketing and is under development by Hook Creative.



Green County Family Justice Center set to open Oct. 1

An interview room at the Family Justice Center located on the second floor of the Greene County Courthouse     (Photo: Nathan Papes/News-Leader)

An interview room at the Family Justice Center located on the second floor of the Greene County Courthouse

(Photo: Nathan Papes/News-Leader)

The new furniture has been delivered. The walls are painted. The staff — including victim advocates, law enforcement and prosecutors — have moved their desks into the cubicles.

The Greene County Family Justice Center will open on Oct. 1, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. The event will also serve as a kickoff for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson, Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams and a domestic violence survivor will speak at the ribbon cutting. There will be an open house at the center until noon.

The center is located in the second floor of the Greene County Courthouse, in a 3,000-square-foot space that was once home to the prosecutor's office.

The center's project coordinator, Jamie Willis, explained that the location is temporary. The center will probably be housed in the courthouse for one to three years.

"The county commissioners were super amazing in letting us use this space temporarily," she said. "Because without that, this would not have been able to happen as quickly."

Once the center is in operation, Willis said the steering committee will have a better idea of what a suitable permanent location would look like.

Described as a "one-stop-shop for victims of domestic violence," the center brings together law enforcement, nonprofit service providers like Harmony House and the Victim Center, legal services, children's division and the prosecutor's office all in one location.

Willis recently gave the News-Leader a tour.

"It's a lot different atmosphere than it is out in the courthouse," she said, motioning around the front lobby to the freshly painted, pale blue walls.

Within the center, there are four "soft interview" rooms. Each room has a couch and living room-type furniture, rather than just a table and chairs common in traditional interview rooms.

Local interior designer Kris Evans, with Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective, donated her time to create the soft interview rooms.

"The courthouse is not really a friendly environment," Willis continued. "Especially for people in crisis. So when they come in, the atmosphere completely changes."

When victims come to the center, they will be checked in and screened. Then a navigator — a victim advocate from either Harmony House or the Victim Center — will explain what service providers are at the center. The victims decide who they want to talk to in the interview room.



Books and Buildings: Student housing developments not diminishing dorm occupancy

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Posted online September 17, 2018 | 3:48 pm

Books and Buildings: Student housing developments not diminishing dorm occupancy

Springfield is in the midst of a near decadelong student-housing boom. Since 2009, nearly $185 million has been spent to keep roofs over those seeking higher education. 

Following the development of Eko Park in August 2009, there have been at least 20 projects developed specifically for student housing in the Springfield area, and three more developments are set to open in the next two years, according to Springfield Business Journal research. SBJ search parameters comprised multitenant student housing complexes based on proximity to campuses and the target student demographic for developers.

Even with that growth, there is no concern about students filling up the dorms at Missouri State University.

“We’re pretty close to capacity,” said Gary Stewart, director of residence life, housing and dining services at MSU.

Since the student-housing boom began almost 10 years ago, MSU’s enrollment is up 4 percent to 21,309 students in fall 2018-19, according to MSU’s website.

All first-year students are required to live on campus unless they are over the age of 21 and students need 30 credit hours, said Stewart. Those stipulations are usually met at the completion of freshman year.

Ozarks Technical Community College benefits from the expansion of student housing since its campus lacks that ability.

OTC sits in between two student-housing complexes, the 85-unit Greenway Studios on East Webster Street and the 580-bed Aspen Springfield at 1028 St. Louis St. 

“The increased options for student housing give those students who are looking for a place to live when they move to Springfield more choices,” said Mark Miller, director of communications at OTC, via email. “Plus, the increased supply of student housing helps keep the cost affordable for OTC students, most of whom work part- or full-time while going to college.”

In the last decade, enrollment at OTC’s Springfield campus is down 12 percent to 7,447 students currently. In 2009, enrollment was 8,503, according to school officials.

Another local university echoed the sentiment that the housing boom isn’t affecting on-campus living.

“I don’t think we’re seeing a significant impact from that trend at this time,” said Mike Brothers, executive director of university relations at Drury University. “We are a traditional residential liberal arts college experience and part of that means living on campus.”

The 38,000-square-foot University Suites was added to the Drury campus in 2012 for its upperclassmen student population. It can house 72 students.

“It’s typically full. That’s the most desirable on campus,” said Brothers.

Drury has three residence halls, which Brothers said are 95 percent full, reserved for freshman and first-time college students. 

Drury has a residency requirement, and to live off campus, students have to be a junior or senior and over the age of 21. Brothers said there are some exceptions, like medical needs or living within 30 miles of campus with family. 

The demand to live off-campus at Evangel University is waning, according to school housing officials. 

“They actually have had less requests than in years past,” said Evangel spokesman Paul Logsdon.

In the six residence halls at Evangel, there are 1,030 occupied beds out of the 1,272 available for both male and female students, said Pam Smallwood, Evangel’s housing director.

Students at Evangel that take less than nine credit hours, live at home with family, are married, over the age of 23 or have a special circumstance are allowed to live off-campus, according to the school’s off-campus information criteria. 

More on the way
The developments are still coming. 

St. Louis-based Cornerstone Development Inc. is building a 348-bed complex at 430 E. Walnut St. slated to open in August 2019. 

The $23 million project dubbed Vue on Walnut is on schedule and leasing for the complex will begin in the next few weeks, said Cornerstone Development President Sam Chimento. 

Another current project in excess of $20 million is the new dormitory for MSU. At Holland Avenue and Madison Street, it’s scheduled to be completed by Bryan Properties LLC in fall 2020.

The dorm’s estimated cost is $24 million and it will have room for 400 students, according to MSU officials.

With the new developments near MSU, the company behind the Bear Line service has not considered adding additional lines.

“Most of the builders are building closer to campus instead of farther away,” said owner Howard Fisk of Fisk Transportation LLC. “It’s become a bigger campus community versus one spread out all over Springfield.” 

The last route added was a temporary one used for shuttling to Ellis Hall and Hill Hall two years ago.

“They tend to do experimental routes when things like this pop up,” Fisk said.

Fisk does not consider the housing boom a detriment to business, adding most Bear Line stops are within a few blocks of the new properties developed.  

How the boom happened
The project that kicked off the boom for student housing came in 2009 with the development of the $8.5 million Eko Park Apartments at Catalpa Street and Kansas Expressway, two miles southwest of MSU. 

Beacon Commons, University Suites, Deep Elm, The Jefferson and Beacon Park Apartments were the next developments to follow. 

In the summer of 2015, four new housing options came on the market. Near Hammons Student Center, the 40,000-square-foot The Qube opened at a cost of $7 million. The 32,000-square-foot, $4 million Greenway Studios went up at 934-940 E. Webster St., near OTC, and Pad Madison, the $2 million project at 405 E. Madison Ave. also opened that summer. The market also attracted Austin, Texas-based Aspen Heights Construction LLC to build the $40 million Aspen Springfield across from Hammons Field. That was the fourth property to open that summer.

Recently, the final phases of Bear Village were completed with the total cost of the project now at $48 million. 

800 South opened in August at 830 S. Robberson Ave. and already is at 99 percent capacity, according to past SBJ reporting.  

The newly developed Boomer Town Studios has a majority of students as tenants, said Brent Brown. 

“From what I’m seeing and hearing about the overall occupancy is we’re still filling these places up,” Brown said. 

Brown also owns Greenway Studios and said that property is about 60 percent students.

One of the largest development projects costing nearly $30 million was Park East by The Vecino Group. 

Sky Eleven and Cresco are the most recent additions. The Sky Eleven project was realized in 2015 after a $15.5 million renovation of the Woodruff building at 331 Park Central East. The 60,000 square-foot Cresco building, a $5.5 million project, was completed in August 2017.



Moon Town Crossing: Craftsman-style event space going up fast in north Springfield

PHOTO PROVIDED BY O’REILLY HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT LLC  Crews are working to bring Moon Town Crossing to fruition by year’s end.


Crews are working to bring Moon Town Crossing to fruition by year’s end.


O’Reilly Hospitality Management LLC is bringing an unconventional event space to the north side by year’s end.

The hotel development and management company is targeting an early December opening for the 5,000-square-foot venue dubbed Moon Town Crossing, said Alicia Cosgrove, area manager for O'Reilly Hospitality. She declined to disclose the project cost.

The development site is located between O’Reilly Hospitality’s Macadoodles store and its Holiday Inn Express & Suites underway at the northwest corner of Interstate 44 and Glenstone Avenue. Cosgrove said the hotel should open around the same time as Moon Town Crossing.

Moon Town Crossing features hand-carved wood infrastructure by Amish company Ozark Timber Frame LLC. With garage doors that create options for the venue to host open-air events, Cosgrove said the completed structure will resemble a barn.

“The O’Reilly family has used them for several different personal projects,” she said of Ozark Timber Frame. “They know the craftsmanship, which is kind of a lost art. They’re structurally sound and they last forever.” 

The wooden beams for the structure were made at Ozark Timber Frame’s Amish community in El Dorado Springs and shipped to the development site in Springfield. O'Reilly Hospitality hired Larry Snyder and Co. as general contractor and Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective as architect on the project, Cosgrove said.

The free-standing event venue between O'Reilly Hospitality’s other properties also will feature a courtyard with fire pits and seating. The goal, Cosgrove said, is to host concerts and festivals at Moon Town Crossing, as well as rent out the venue for private events. 

Cosgrove said O’Reilly Hospitality plans to add similar event venues to its lodging properties in Fort Worth, Texas, and Livingston, Montana. 

Less than two miles south of the new event venue in Springfield, O’Reilly Hospitality is building a convention center to connect its new Fairfield Inn and DoubleTree properties at Glenstone Avenue and Kearney Street.