With the close of our 70th year we thank all of you for being a part of our firm’s success.  Working in 46 states and completing projects, ranging from commercial and educational to governmental and financial, we are grateful for the trust our clients have given us for these last seven decades.

We look forward to many more anniversaries to come and hope to celebrate with past, present and future clients in the years to come!

Therefore, we looked it up and found 70 different ways to say THANK YOU!



Esterly, Schneider celebrated its 70th anniversary this year and takes pride in our firm’s longevity in the Architecture Business. We want to mention how impressed we are with the 111th anniversary being celebrated in 2017 by one of our financial clients, Ozark Bank. Chartered in 1906, Ozark Bank is in its 110th year of service to the residents of Christian County and surrounding communities. The bank indicates they are the only remaining home owned bank in Christian County. Ozark Bank was founded by a group of local businessmen with a vision to improve Ozark and Christian County by providing banking services and loans that would help the community grow and prosper. They have done an excellent job doing just that.

Since 1979, Esterly, Schneider has worked with the bank to complete many projects. These include renovations and additions to existing facilities, as well as design of new facilities, which has helped them to grow to have four branches in Ozark and Nixa.

Visit our Financial Portfolio Page to see the work our firm has done with Ozark Bank. We are proud to have partnered with this great institution and wish them another 111 more prosperous years to come!

5,000 STORES

With 5000 stores nationwide and counting, O’Reilly Auto Parts has a footprint in almost every state and Esterly, Schneider & Associates is responsible for the design of over 2200 of their stores.

Stores for O’Reilly Auto Parts involve designs that integrate site analysis, municipal ordinance compliance with governing codes and regulations as well as their detailed construction.  With each store, Esterly, Schneider & Associates works to maintain a uniform corporate appearance while adapting design elements to correspond with each site location.  The standards of O’Reilly Auto Parts are consistently upheld during the design process to ensure effective site utilization and congruent structural elements.

To see some of the projects with which Esterly, Schneider has been involved, please visit our Commercial Portfolio Section.






22.2 FEET

On June 19, 2015 the James River crested at an all-time record high of 22.2 feet at the Springfield reporting station.  This surpassed the previous record of 22.0 feet set on July 1, 1909.  Why does this statistic matter to an architecture firm, you might ask?

Esterly, Schneider was commissioned to design the first building at the new Lake Springfield Park. The new community center provided Springfield and the surrounding area with greater access and enjoyment of Lake Springfield. The Visitor’s Center includes 1,200 S.F. of community room, retail space for canoe rentals and other lake activities. The building also includes public restrooms for use by park patrons. The Ozarks Greenways Trail has also been extended through the site as a part of the master plan.

When designing the building, great consideration was taken to ensure that the 100 year and 500 year flood line did not encroach into where the building sits at the edge of the Lake.  Esterly, Schneider determined it would be best to use the 500 year flood line as the point at which to construct this building and to also set the building two feet above the top of the dam, to allow water go over the dam before it could reach the building perimeter.  As you can see in the picture below, this design consideration worked!





The Springfield Little Theatre is now in full swing of their 83rd Season at the Lander’s Building in downtown Springfield.  The 83rd season features seven hilarious, heartfelt, and inspirational live productions and one unique, immersive special event.  Its variety offers something for everyone to enjoy and offers opportunities to get involved.

With a mission to be “a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization energized by the highest artistic ideals that strives to entertain, educate, and involve the community in live theatrical productions and in the preservation of the historic Landers Theatre” the organization truly inspires great performances and a platform for local talent to showcase them to all of us in the area.

It is not too late to purchase tickets for this season and to get involved with Springfield Little Theatre.  Check out their website at http://www.springfieldlittletheatre.org to find out more.

Esterly, Schneider is a proud supporter of the Springfield Little Theatre organization and the great contributions it provides to our area.   Get involved today and don’t miss a single event!


20,400,000 GALLONS

“Roaring River Hatchery, constructed in 1910, is one of the oldest trout hatcheries in the state. Operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation, the hatchery is located in Roaring River State Park, seven miles south of Cassville, on Highway 112. The hatchery is at the head of Roaring River, adjacent to scenic Roaring River Spring. The spring, Missouri’s 20th largest, produces an average of 20.4 million gallons of water per day.” 1

Esterly, Schneider has worked with the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources over the years on a number of projects. Most recently, the firm completed design work for the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) Lodge, located in Roaring River State Park. This renovation project involved the restoration of a three-story lodge built in the 1930’s.  This was originally designed as a building with community and dining rooms, and one level of rooms for rent.  The building had been previously renovated into offices and a park shop.  This project restored the historic building to its previous use for the rental of rooms, and creates 7 units for rent on two floors, with 14 beds total, with kitchenettes, living areas and dining areas in each unit.  The building also includes a community room with associated warming kitchen.  The historic nature of the building is preserved by the renovation work, and some historic elements of the building have been restored.

Visit the Governmental Portfolio Project Page to see photos of the renovation and to see other governmental projects Esterly, Schneider has completed.

1 https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/roaring-river-fish-hatchery

1,860,264 WORKERS

Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, an average of 1,860,264 full-time workers missed work each year due to illness during the period between 2005 and 2015.1

Esterly, Schneider is proud to have helped Digital Monitoring Products (DMP) design their interior space to add the Springfield Preventative Medical Clinic, an on-site health clinic, to their facility in Springfield.  This concept is part of a larger trend for corporations to provide medical facilities for their employees at their own workplace, to help prevent illness and to help keep their employees healthy and more productive at work.  This clinic includes its own waiting area, a physician’s office, two exam rooms and a small lab area.

Visit our Medical Portfolio Project Page to see project photos of the Springfield Preventative Medical Clinic, as well as the other medical projects our firm has completed.

1 https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/illness-related-work-absences-in-january-2015-little-different-from-a-year-earlier.htm


2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the Springfield Public Schools.  They are Missouri’s largest school district and have a long tradition of providing an excellent educational experience to our local students.  Esterly, Schneider has been an active part of the Springfield Public School system as well as the Ozark R-VI School System, providing for each district services to ensure the buildings in which our students learn are suitable and conducive to learning.

Visit our Education Portfolio Page to see what projects we have completed in elementary and secondary education.  You can also see how our firm continues to support education in our higher education institutions as well!


Esterly, Schneider was commissioned to design two floors, for a total of twelve lofts, including one, two and three bedroom units for The Wheeler’s Lofts Development, located at 401 South Street in downtown Springfield.

With an elegant and luxurious feel, this 100 year-old building has become a place to call home in the urban setting of downtown Springfield. The units were designed with a number of individualized options, each loft retaining the original character of brick walls, 12’ ceilings and pine wood floors throughout.  This historic site, previously known as Wheeler’s Furniture, was completely renovated with unique amenities such as:

  • Underground parking
  • New insulated, noise-reduction windows with original trim preserved
  • Oversized eight-foot designer loft entry doors, with specialty glass inserts & keypad access
  • Fiber-optic phone/internet wiring and conduit within walls for cable TV
  • High-efficiency electric furnace and water heaters
  • Laundry hook-ups in every unit

Visit our Housing Portfolio Page to view more photos of this project and see the other projects Esterly, Schneider has completed in our area.



On Saturday, September 30, Springfield will have two opportunities for you to enjoy a “Night at the Museum.”

You can join the Discovery Center of Springfield for their 2nd Annual Night at the Museum event which will allow you to “Be a mad scientist for the night as (you) celebrate science with food, fun, and discovery while supporting the Discovery Center’s work in providing STEM education to Southwest Missouri.” This event starts at 6pm and tickets may be purchased by going to

https://www.discoverycenter.org/pages/night_at_the_museum/ or calling 417-862-9910.

Esterly, Schneider & Associates is also proud to be the Presenting Sponsor for the Springfield Art Museum’s 99x: Gilded Coast Glamour.  You can join the fun “for the annual 99x (Times) Party, as we recreate glamorous Newport, Rhode Island, the seaside playground of the Vanderbilts, the Astors, and the Rockefellers.

This year’s event will raise funds to restore the glow to noted Luminist painter John Frederick Kensett’s Shore Landscape, Newport which was acquired by the Museum in 1949. Kensett was an influential member of the Hudson River School and a founder of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

99x: Gilded Coast Glamour is a costumed evening adorned and aglow with contemporary style and fashions inspired by Gilded Age Newport. As guests eat, drink, and dance the night away, they will encounter illuminated coastal murals and enter living art tableaus featuring modern takes on the historic interiors of Newport’s radiant mansions, as envisioned by the hottest local artists, tastemakers, and trendsetters.

Creative, lustrous cocktail attire encouraged. Join the revelry and help us bring this important painting back to life by bringing it “back to light.” #GiltGlam.

This event starts at 7pm.  You can receive more information and purchase tickets by visiting http://www.sgfmuseum.org/206/99x-Gilded-Coast-Glamour or by calling 417-837-5700.

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