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Petco Enters Springfield Plaza

Petco’s new location at 3840 W. Washita St. is the first business to move into the Springfield Plaza development on East Sunshine Street.

Petco’s new location at 3840 W. Washita St. is the first business to move into the Springfield Plaza development on East Sunshine Street.

photos by WES HAMILTON

Petco Animal Supplies, Inc., a national retailer of pet food, supplies and services, opened yesterday at 3840 W. Washita.

The first business to open in the new Springfield Plaza, the store offers pet food, toys and apparel as well as a salon, adoption center, dog training area and in-store Vetco clinic, according to a press release. Additionally, a wellness event will be held Aug. 5 and 6 in which customers will receive a voucher for a free vaccination package.

Springfield Plaza is a $78.5 million, 90-acre development being constructed off East Sunshine near West Bypass by Grace One LLC and Rankin Development LLC. Additional tenants to open in the future are Burlington Coat Factory, Ross Dress For Less, and Shoe Show Inc.’s Shoe Dept. Encore, according to Springfield  Business Journal archives.

Petco

The store offers pet toys, food and apparel as well as a salon, dog training area, clinic and adoption center.

There are 1,500 Petcos in the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico including ones in Branson, Osage Beach, and three in northern Arkansas. Other pet-supply competitors in Springfield include Petsway Inc., PetSmart Inc., All About Dogs & Cats LLC and All Pet Supplies & Equine Center.

Petco, which was founded in 1965, also will open stores this July in Hammond, Louisiana, and East Windsor, New Jersey. The company's adoption centers find homes for about 400,000 animals every year, according to its website.

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Zimmerman Properties building $4M headquarters

The multistory building will provide office space for Zimmerman Properties LLC, Zimmerman Properties Construction LLC and Wilhoit Properties Inc. photo courtesy of BUXTON KUBIK DODD CREATIVE

The multistory building will provide office space for Zimmerman Properties LLC, Zimmerman Properties Construction LLC and Wilhoit Properties Inc.

photo courtesy of BUXTON KUBIK DODD CREATIVE

Springfield Business Journal

Kathryn Hardison, Editorial Intern
7/25/2017 10:32 AM

Construction has begun for a new headquarters for the Zimmerman family of companies off of East Republic Road and South Fremont Avenue.

The 32,000-square-foot, multistory building at 1329 E. Lark St. will provide office space for Zimmerman Properties LLC, Zimmerman Properties Construction LLC and Wilhoit Properties Inc., said Jon Dodd of Buxton Kubik Dodd Creative, the project architect. On nearly 2 acres owned by Zimmerman Corporate LLC, it’s an estimated $4 million project, according to a city building permit.

Zimmerman Properties Senior Vice President of Construction Matthew Zimmerman could not be reached before deadline.

The Zimmerman office building is predominately displayed on general contractor Base Construction Management’s website, but officials there also were unavailable.  http://base-cm.com/project/zimmerman-wilhoit/ Completion is targeted for Jan. 1, 2018. 

Zimmerman Properties and Wilhoit Properties currently operate at 1730 E. Republic Road in the Southgate Center, which is less than a mile from the developing headquarters. 

Travis Miller of Miller Engineering PC, the structural engineer on the project, said he believed the company ran out of office space. Other engineers are Kaw Valley Engineering Inc., handling the civil work, and Pellham Phillips Architectural Engineering, doing the mechanical, electrical and plumbing.

The Zimmerman family of companies manages over 150 affordable-living properties in 13 states throughout the south and Midwest. Properties include mid-rise senior communities, garden-style apartments, townhomes and single-family homes.

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417 DESIGN AWARDS 2017

Dining Room Winner

Designed by Joyce Buxton, Buxton Kubik Dodd Creative

Residence: Phil and Joyce Buxton

 

The look of Phil and Joyce Buxton’s 25-year-old home was dictated by its traditional architecture, which posed a challenge for the couple as they sought to update its interior. “Over the course of two-and-a-half decades, my tastes have changed and evolved more toward a modern bent,” says Joyce, who trained her keen design eye on the house. “I didn’t want there to be a disconnect between the exterior and the interior, but I did want to more accurately reflect where I had moved as a designer.” That meant finding strategic ways to transform the dining room while leaving certain features, like antique furniture pieces and aubergine walls that Joyce hand-painted, intact. “A lot of the time what I ask myself when I start a project is ‘What still works?’” Joyce says. “There were lots of things in this space that were not broken.” As for new features, beveled mirrors now cover one wall, and on either side of them are sleek, eye-catching new sconces. New hardwood floors and a stylish chevron-patterned area rug replaced old wall-to-wall carpet. Joyce had the original dining room chairs reupholstered with playful polka-dot fabric and selected a new credenza with a textured front and ivory color. Together, those and other design decisions bring the room a sense of lightness and uniquely balance modernity and timelessness. “I like it to have a curated, collected look,” Joyce says. “I’ve purposefully tried to make some kind of bold design decisions.”
 

Dining Room Resources

Furniture: Resource Room

Light Fixtures: The Light House Gallery

Carpet: The Carpet Shoppe

Wood Floors: B&B Hardwood Floors Inc.

Custom Woodwork: Trademark Renovations LLC, 417-848-9245

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417 Design Awards 2017

Home Office Winner

Designed by Joyce Buxton, Buxton Kubik Dodd Creative

Residence: Phil and Joyce Buxton

 

Phil and Joyce Buxton loved their home—its location, the yard, their neighbors and its many happy memories—but they realized that they weren’t using the floor plan efficiently. “Ironically, as big as our house was, we were living in the kitchen and hearth room, so all of our functions were crowded into one little space when we had miles of other space that were underutilized,” says Joyce, who designed the space. 

One such underutilized room was the first-floor library, which Joyce realized could become an office. To make that shift, Joyce ordered a custom-designed desk armoire with doors that can be closed as needed, a useful feature given the room’s proximity to the home’s entry area. She also had additional lighting—a bold new fixture creatively concealing a ceiling fan—installed, which required running wiring through the floor of an upstairs room. 

Additional furniture came from other parts of the house, including a round breakfast table, allowing the space to also be used as an informal dining area, and a 30-year-old sectional that was reupholstered with a rich eggplant boucle fabric. The latter piece now forms a nearly wall-to-wall banquette above which hangs an eye-catching oil painting by Allie Shackelford Abella, the daughter of a close family friend. 

One of the most impactful changes—painting the existing wood paneling and moldings with a taupe high-gloss enamel paint—was nerve-wracking for Joyce but paid big design dividends and gave the room new life. “It’s kind of a no-turning-back decision, and I’m really happy that I did it,” she says.
 

Home Office Resources

Desk: Alpine Wood Products

Light Fixture: The Light House Gallery

Paint: Sherwin-Williams

Window Treatments: Linda's Professional Drapery & Upholstery, 417-833-2292

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417 DESIGN AWARDS 2017

BY STEPHANIE TOWNE BENOIT AND ROSE MARTHIS

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Whole House Winner

Designed by Joyce Buxton, Buxton Kubik Dodd Creative

Residence: Anonymous


Designer Joyce Buxton gave this room a look of its own by juxtaposing elements like the existing, rustic wood beams with contemporary features like the pendant lights. 

When a local couple was seeking a new home, they considered building a house from the ground up. But one day, the mother of one of the homeowners came across this residence and, as a real estate agent, she recognized its potential. “They felt like they could make it close enough to what they were hoping to do,” says designer Joyce Buxton, who worked with contractor Rex Winslow of Construct on this top-to-bottom remodel. The floorplan and layout were suitable, but the aesthetics required editing and streamlining to match the homeowners’ clean, contemporary tastes. “I would say it was using an eraser more than a pen,” says Buxton of the design process, which included stripping away the home’s existing ornate flourishes and murals in lieu of a modern color palette, fewer materials and stylish simplicity. Such efforts made room for bold new features, like the cluster of pendant light fixtures installed in the living room. That room affords a stunning view of the wooded surroundings, which Buxton accented by having custom new draperies installed. The living room flows into the kitchen, which received an extensive face-lift, including new cabinets, appliances, flooring and more. “It was a clean slate,” Buxton says. That clean slate allowed for the installation of more dramatic lighting, including a dark drum fixture above the breakfast table and a sparkling chrome and glass pendant nearby. “We felt like the kitchen deserved a show-stopping piece,” Buxton says. Another show-stopping piece—a beloved painting—can be found in the dining room. That piece of artwork inspired the dining room’s design, which includes custom-upholstered chairs, a floor-to-ceiling mirror, a cornice above the window to elevate the room’s proportions and other sleek features. The room’s elegance and clean lines make its original over-the-top aesthetics a distant memory. “It just goes to show how you can take something that is not you and make it right for you,” Buxton says. 

The living room flows into the kitchen area, which Buxton gave a clean, contemporary aesthetic. The space was completely gutted and updated with brand-new cabinets, appliances, flooring, lighting  and other features.

The living room flows into the kitchen area, which Buxton gave a clean, contemporary aesthetic. The space was completely gutted and updated with brand-new cabinets, appliances, flooring, lighting  and other features.

The kitchen is home to stunning features, including beautiful new lighting in the form of the dramatic chrome and glass island pendant, which is contrasted by the dark drum fixture hanging above the breakfast table.  

The kitchen is home to stunning features, including beautiful new lighting in the form of the dramatic chrome and glass island pendant, which is contrasted by the dark drum fixture hanging above the breakfast table.  

Buxton designed the formal dining room around one of the homeowners’ favorite pieces of artwork, which serves as the focal point of the space.

Buxton designed the formal dining room around one of the homeowners’ favorite pieces of artwork, which serves as the focal point of the space.

Given the homeowners’ busy, active lifestyle, Buxton wanted to create a restful oasis for the couple.  Buxton was able to repurpose much of their original furniture, which fit seamlessly in the space.  

Given the homeowners’ busy, active lifestyle, Buxton wanted to create a restful oasis for the couple.  Buxton was able to repurpose much of their original furniture, which fit seamlessly in the space.  

Featuring elevated counters, varied sources of light, functional cabinetry and a white-on-white palette, the master bathroom is a crisp, clean space with a classic, yet contemporary aesthetic.

Featuring elevated counters, varied sources of light, functional cabinetry and a white-on-white palette, the master bathroom is a crisp, clean space with a classic, yet contemporary aesthetic.

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Because this basement family room is so large, coffered beams were added, which broke up and gave depth to the ceiling. The space also features a built-in entertainment zone.

Because this basement family room is so large, coffered beams were added, which broke up and gave depth to the ceiling. The space also features a built-in entertainment zone.


 

Whole House Resources

Contractor: Construct

Furniture: Resource Room

Light Fixtures: The Light House Gallery

Kitchen Cabinets: Cabinet Concepts by Design

Bath Cabinets: Cabinet Concepts by Design

Bath Countertops: Unique Tile

Carpet: The Carpet Shoppe

Stone/Tile: Unique Tile

Wood Floors: The Carpet Shoppe

Area Rugs: Elements

Window Treatments: Linda's Professional Drapery & Upholstery, 417-833-2292

Custom Woodwork: Cabinet Concepts by Design

Home Theater Equipment: Southwest Audio-Visual Inc.

Audio/Visual: Southwest Audio-Visual Inc.

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From The Architect: Creative Office Space

“Office design can change for the better.  As Architects, it’s important to challenge our clients with designs that inspire their employees with unique work environments.   I once worked in a sea of cubicles, and know how important it is to have a place to feel good about coming to work to every day.  Creative office design promotes employee happiness, retention, and ultimately productivity.  Office design is a small passion of ours and we would like to share a series of office spaces we’ve designed over the past several years that strived to do just this.  We hope you like them!  Contact us at Buxton Kubik Dodd Creative if you are interested in making some changes at your office!” 

-Jon Dodd, AIA NCARB   Director of Architecture

 

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From the Ground Up: AIDS Project of the Ozarks

Eric Olson, Editor 5/1/2017 3:51 PM

Eric Olson, Editor
5/1/2017 3:51 PM

 

Owner/developer: 1636 Glenstone LLC


General contractor: O’Reilly Build LLC


Architect: Buxton Kubik Dodd Creative


Engineers: Anderson Engineering Inc., civil; Miller Engineering PC, structural; Pellham Phillips Architectural Engineering, mechanical, electrical and plumbing


Size: 14,336 square feet


Estimated cost: $2.5 million, per city permit


Lender: Guaranty Bank

 
Estimated completion: August


Project description: Through 1636 Glenstone LLC, commercial real estate agent and developer Mike Fusek is building a medical office building for tenant AIDS Project of the Ozarks. Paula Howell, office manager for APO, said the nonprofit plans to move operations in September from 1901 E. Bennett St., Ste. D, and sublease about 1,300 square feet to Grove Pharmacy. She said all clinic, case management, prevention, testing and administrative services would relocate in September. With 44 employees, APO serves over 600 clients with HIV/AIDS and their families across 29 counties, according to its website. APO’s weekend office downtown would remain, Howell said. The building is one of O’Reilly Build LLC’s first projects since the merger of O’Reilly Development Co. and Build LLC.

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Architecture Intern Opportunity

 

Buxton Kubik Dodd Creative, a fast-paced and energetic interior design, architecture + engineering firm with an extensive portfolio of multi-family, residential, medical and hotels, is looking for an architectural intern to join our dynamic, creative team. We are looking for an ambitious, talented student or recent graduate who will work with our architects by aiding in the creation of digital models and renders, as well as the completion of construction documents.

Qualifications:

-    Completion of fourth or fifth year of architecture degree, seeking full time employment for the Summer of 2017, with potential for additional career opportunities

-    Applicants must supply a resume and portfolio, documenting experience and skills within the educational and/or professional workplace

Key Traits:

-    High proficiency in the following programs: SketchUp, AutoCAD, Photoshop, V-Ray, Revit

-    Ability to communicate ideas through both verbal and visual means

-    Collaborative skills to work as part of a creative team

-    Ability to learn how to read construction documents and understand components within

-    Flexible design skills that can cater to a wide range of stylistic and programmatic needs

-    Excellent organization and time management skills

-    Ability to problem-solve and resolve conflicts internally and externally

Responsibilities:

-    Works in tandem with junior and senior level designers

-    Create digital models and renders to represent architectural ideas or progress the design

-    Aids in the creation of construction documents, drawing details and building elements

-    Prioritize tasks given while coordinating with senior architects

 

Send resumes and portfolios to Brian Kubik:

e: bkubik@bk-dc.com

p: 417.890.5543

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Buxton Kubik Dodd signs on as National Place anchor tenant

Buxton Kubik Dodd Creative designed Mike Fusek’s National Place and now is one of its anchor tenants. SBJ photo by WES HAMILTON

Buxton Kubik Dodd Creative designed Mike Fusek’s National Place and now is one of its anchor tenants.

SBJ photo by WES HAMILTON

 

Geoff Pickle, Web Producer
4/17/2017 12:01 PM

Buxton Kubik Dodd Creative signed a lease to occupy a new development the firm designed along the Medical Mile. 

The Springfield architecture firm plans to relocate in December to the entire third floor of National Place, a development underway by real estate agent Mike Fusek, said company president Brian Kubik. Buxton Kubik Dodd also is the architect of record for the three-story office building at 3150 S. National Ave. 

With the move from 1435 E. Bradford Parkway, Ste. 100, the 21-employee Buxton Kubik Dodd Creative will increase its square footage to 6,200 from 4,500. 

“We did the building for one thing, and Mike Fusek is one of our really good clients,” Kubik said. “We’re growing still. We wanted to make the next step. It’s a little more high profile.” 

Fusek recently told Springfield Business Journal half of the second floor also is leased, as well as a fourth of the development’s existing, separate smaller building. A law firm also is looking at half of a floor, he said, declining to name the other tenants. 

“We don’t even have the roof on National Place yet and we’ve leased the third floor to Buxton Kubik Dodd Creative,” Fusek said. “It’s because of the location. There are 40,000 cars a day driving by your front door.” 

Kubik declined to disclose lease terms with Fusek or with Bradford Parkway building owner Bob McBridge. He also declined to disclose company revenues. 

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BKDC bringing thrills to the hills at SDC / Springfield Business Journal:

NO PEEKING?: A sign teases patrons of Silver Dollar City. Behind the fencing, the makings of a new ride are visible.

NO PEEKING?: A sign teases patrons of Silver Dollar City. Behind the fencing, the makings of a new ride are visible.



Photo provided by SILVER DOLLAR CITY

Sydni Moore, Reporter
4/3/2017 12:44 PM

Two new Branson attractions are on development tracks this year.

Construction of a second mountain coaster, The Branson Coaster, is expected to be finished this summer, with a grand opening soon after, Collin Wheeler, marketing coordinator for Face Amusement.  

Gray, Tennessee-based Face Amusement is constructing The Branson Coaster at 2115 W. Country Blvd., where Cool Off Water Chute once stood, said Wheeler. The property is just down the road from Ride The Ducks and the Andy Williams theater. The company’s investment in the project is undisclosed.

“North America’s original double alpine coaster – that’s the tagline,” Wheeler said. “It’s essentially like getting two rides in one.”

This coaster is coming to Branson following the August opening of the $5 million Branson Mountain Adventure Park’s The Runaway.

To make way for the latest coaster, demolition of the old water slides began in January. Opened in 1974, the water chute operated for over 40 years, according to the business Facebook page.

Face Amusement purchased Cool Off Water Chute in 2016 for an undisclosed amount, Wheeler said. 

The mountain coaster work coincides with buzz at Silver Dollar City about a new ride that’s underway.

Nothing but a “tease sign” hangs on a fence inside Silver Dollar City to let customers know something big is in the works.

“Don’t look over this fence!” the sign says. Underneath, a web link is displayed and those curious enough to follow it find a web page that reads, “You looked over the fence, didn’t you?” Visitors can subscribe to receive updates regarding the new ride.

Lisa Rau, director of public relations and publicity for Silver Dollar City, said park patrons are welcome to come see the construction from different vantage points and take pictures, too. But whatever the construction may be, it won’t be officially announced until August. No one can even be sure it’s a coaster, but that hasn’t stopped coaster gurus and theme park fanatics from speculating. Websites, such as Screamscape, and various Facebook pages have regularly updated content regarding Silver Dollar City’s plans. On Jan. 20, Screamscape reported Silver Dollar City owners Herschend Family Entertainment filed a trademark to use the name, The Time Traveler.

ROLLING ALONG: Construction for what seems to be a roller coaster can be spotted from vantage points near Silver Dollar City’s Thunderation. Photo by Dean Groover

ROLLING ALONG: Construction for what seems to be a roller coaster can be spotted from vantage points near Silver Dollar City’s Thunderation.

Photo by Dean Groover



Silver Dollar City concept art shared with Springfield Business Journal by John Warner, a main administrator for the CoasterNerds Facebook page, displays ideas for three rides.

Rau confirmed the legitimacy of the concepts. 

“These concepts were part of a slate of several more that have been tested over the last couple of years,” she said.

The ideas include a rodeo theme inviting cowboys and cowgirls to take on the biggest and meanest broncos. Another invites explorers to travel through the rumored “silver caves” of the Ozarks. Finally, a third concept encourages riders to, yes, time travel.

“Herschend Family Entertainment is built on guest response,” Rau said. 

“We often do online and in-person focus groups on concepts as much as two to three years before we begin the process of development.”

Warner, from Columbus, Ohio, is a roller coaster fanatic. Visiting up to 25 theme parks a year, he said Cedar Point and King’s Island, both in Ohio, are his favorites. Through March, Warner already had visited six theme parks this year. 

As for Silver Dollar City, “I have physically never been there,” Warner said. But he’s planning a trip for later this year, despite the fact the new attraction won’t be completed until 2018.

“I can’t wait for the official announcement,” he said, adding he understands the new ride will be produced by international manufacturer Mack Rides. “They’re really solid, so I think it will be a solid addition to the park.”

Rau declined to disclose if Mack Rides is the manufacturer. 

When Warner arrives at the park later this year, he plans to join in on the speculation and check out the construction for himself. 

“I’ll peek around and get a good look,” Warner said. “I will be bringing my selfie stick.”

Developers of The Branson Coaster say they won’t consider Silver Dollar City’s latest ride as competition.

“They’re a theme park and we’re a stand-alone attraction,” Wheeler said. “It’s apples to oranges.”

The Branson Coaster is Face Amusement’s first project in the Ozarks. 

Beyond the coaster, the company also plans to open a maze, arcade and shooting game at Branson Landing. 

Face Amusement co-founder Rusty Mabe started the company in 2013 with his brother Bucky, and now has operations in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee, as well as Orlando, Florida. The Mabes are not connected with the Mabe family known for the long-running “Baldknobbers” show.

“We’ve always wanted to come to Branson. It’s a lot like Pigeon Forge,” Rusty Mabe said. “It’s a small town, but it’s a family environment. 

“We’re excited about bringing those family experiences to Branson.”

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