AFP Small Business of the Year 2019

SOA is proud to have been selected as Columbia’s National Philanthropy Day SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR for 2019!

Architecture 101 for Not Profit Organizations

Do you know a Non-Profit Organization dreaming of a new building? SOA has some tips to help non-profits as they start a project!

6 Reasons Your Architects’ Drawings Aren’t Perfect

One of the most frustrating realizations most first-time clients experience is that architects’ designs and drawings aren’t perfect.  Should they be? 

A Culture of Excellence

“Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it.  Autograph yours with excellence.”  Author Unknown

Tools of the Trade II

This blog is a continuation of a discussion about an architect’s “tools of the trade,” specifically our communication tools between different parties in the design and construction field. 

What do Architects Charge and Why?

If only there were a simple answer! Understanding the cost of a product is usually pretty straightforward.  But architects provide a wide range of services. Even the drawings they produce are technically called “instruments of service.”  In simple terms an architect’s “cost of services” could be calculated as: (value of an architect per hour) x

So Watt’s New at SOA? …..Our recent Solar Lunch & Learn and new SolaTubes!

What is a SolaTube? It is also known as a TDD or Tubular Daylighting Device. A TDD captures the sun’s rays and uses them to illuminate the interiors of buildings.

Experimenting with Feng Shui

A large part of architecture is arranging: arranging buildings on a site, circulation in a building, equipment and activities within a room, etc.

Simple Solutions for Construction Waste

An estimated 40% of landfill waste comes from construction sites.  However, that statistic can be reduced, at least in part, by some fairly simple practices. When Boone County Government decided to renovate their main building and create an Annex from an existing nearby structure, they set a goal to recycle 50% of the project’s construction

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Green Roofed Restroom: Small and Sustainable

The mission of Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG), which operates Shaw Nature Reserve southwest of St. Louis, is “To discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.” Because environmental stewardship education is central to their work, it was important to MBG that even a small restroom facility be

Sustainable Design | Simon Oswald Architecture

Missouri Hall: Certified LEED Silver

What was once a 1920’s dormitory is now a ‘one-stop-shop’ for admissions and student services at Columbia College. For the renovation of Missouri Hall, SOA and Columbia College set a target of achieving LEED Silver Certification, but without adding to the construction cost. The concept of retaining a historic structure, but adapting it for efficient 21st

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Picking the Right Pavement

The design for the North Quad at Columbia College presented a unique challenge: How to improve fire lane access without an excessive amount of concrete? After working with the City and the Fire Department, it was determined that ‘Cougar Drive’ should extend further into the heart of campus, and also include a T-shaped turn around

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