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Construction in the Ozarks: Winter 2016

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From the first-of-its-kind concept hotel Vib to the roughly 9,000-square-foot Cherokee Firearms gun range on the west side and the $18.8 million senior living project The Castlewood going up in Nixa, construction crews are going to work across the Ozarks.

— Emily Letterman, Features Editor



Ellis Hall at Missouri State University
907 S. National Ave.

Missouri State University is renovating this 1959-built building to create a state-of-the-art learning facility for the music department. The $11.9 million project includes a renovated recital hall, new music practice rooms, studios and classrooms. The exterior curtain wall system on the 45,897-square-foot project will be replaced with an energy-efficient, acoustic curtain wall. General contractor Carson-Mitchell Inc. is working with St. Louis architect Patterhn Ives LLC. Engineers are Seattle-based Magnusson Klemencic Associates, structural, and McClure Engineering Co., mechanical, electrical and plumbing. Chicago-based Kirkegaard Associates is handling acoustic and audiovisual systems with help from fellow Windy City theater designer Schuler Shook for music and lighting. The project is expected to be complete in July 2017.


Cherokee Firearms
1500 W. College St.

Owner Nick Newman bought and razed the old Hawkins Mill property in 2015 with plans to relocate his gun store on the 1-acre site and add an indoor shooting range. Joey Crum, project manager for Jack Ball Architects PC, said the $2 million, 9,000-square-foot structure would include a retail store, a classroom for conceal and carry training and a gunsmith. With a portion of the building underground, extensive dirt work currently is underway to build a retaining wall. General contractor Nabholz Construction Corp. is working with engineers Olsson Associates, civil; J&M Engineering LLC, structural; and Interpres Building Solutions LLC, mechanical, electrical and plumbing. The project is expected to be complete this summer.


Lost Signal Brewing Co.
610 W. College St.

Queen City native Tyler Hoke returns to Springfield with plans for a brewing company and restaurant. Michael Nesbitt, vice president of general contractor Nesbitt Construction, said crews have gutted the former longtime home of the KICK radio station for the 3,700-square-foot project that includes a kitchen addition, all new plumbing for brewing, overhead doors and patio seating. Architect Arkifex Studio LLC worked with engineers J&M Engineering LLC, structural, and Interpres Building Solutions LLC, mechanical, electrical and plumbing. Work is expected to wrap before Christmas. City building permits list the work at $150,000.


The Castlewood Senior Living
1530 N. Old Castle Road, Nixa

General contractor Build LLC and architect H Design Group LLC are working on an $18.8 million senior living project for O’Reilly Development Co. LLC. The Castlewood in August 2017 will bring another 104 units to Christian County through a continuum-of-care community. The project calls for three buildings: a three-story, 51-unit independent living home; a two-story, 40-unit assisted living facility; and a single-story, 13-unit memory care center. Engineers on the 113,060-square-foot project are Olsson Associates Inc., civil; J&M Engineering LLC, structural; and CJD Engineering LLC, mechanical electrical and plumbing.


Old Town Shopping Centre
2550 S. Campbell Ave.

Williams Construction Co. is working on a new facade for Old Town Shopping Centre strip mall owner Scott Tillmann. Project manager Matt Pietruszynski said Phase I will modernize less than half of the decades-old structure in an effort to appeal to potential leasees. A timeline is not yet in place for Phase II. Chamberlain Architects PC worked with structural engineer Miller Engineering PC. Pietruszynski expects the work to wrap up prior to the holiday shopping season. City building permits list the work at $225,000.


Kum & Go
1211 W. Sunshine St.

West Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go LCis working with general contractor Henning Construction Co. Inc. and Merriam, Kansas-based architect BRR Architecture Inc. on the Queen City’s third marketplace store. District Supervisor Barry Green said due to an aging building and limited square footage, the chain is relocating and replacing a nearby smaller store with the 6,200-square-foot design for an undisclosed cost. It will offer six gas dispensers and is designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards. Engineers are Olsson Associates Inc., civil; Kansas City-based Johnston Burkholder Associates, structural; and Lenexa, Kansas-based Henderson Engineers Inc., mechanical, electrical and plumbing. The store is expected to be complete in February 2017.


Mid-Missouri Bank
5419 S. Campbell Ave.

Marshall-Waters-Woody and Associates Inc. designed a 5,200-square-foot banking center for Mid-Missouri Bank on the former site of Bair’s Grocery. General contractor DeWitt & Associates Inc. is doing demolition work with the majority of materials being recycled. Engineers on the roughly $1.7 million project are JS Smith Consulting Engineers PC, structural; Smith-Goth Engineers Inc., mechanical, electrical and plumbing; and Wilson Surveying Co. Inc., stormwater. The bank is expected to be complete around May 2017.


Vib hotel
1845 E. Sunshine St.

Elliott Lodging Ltd. is bringing a new Best Western International concept to the Ozarks. Owner Gordon Elliott said the six-story hotel is designed for millennials. Elliott’s company will serve as general contractor for the project designed by Larry Burns. The 40,000-square-foot hotel sits on 1.2 acres, which previously housed Elliott’s San Francisco Oven. Engineers are Wilson Surveying Co. Inc., civil; Horner & Shifrin Inc., structural; and CJD Engineering LLC, mechanical, electrical and plumbing. Springfield Building Development Services Director Chris Straw said the estimated cost of the project is $4.8 million. It should be complete next fall.


Everything Kitchens Inc.
6820 W. Kings St., Brookline

General contractor Rich Kramer Construction Inc. is building a 48,600-square-foot distribution facility and warehouse for kitchenware and small appliances seller Everything Kitchens Inc. The $2.65 million project financed by Guaranty Bank and designed by Derington Architects LLC includes two-story offices and room to expand. Project engineers are Richard Stalzer Jr., civil, and Schober Engineering LLC, mechanical, electrical and plumbing. Buxton Kubik Dodd Creative is handling interior design on the project expected to wrap in February 2017.


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