Heer’s Luxury Living in Springfield, Missouri had its Grand Opening and ribbon cutting on Tuesday August 11th 2015. Developer, Dalmark Group and General Contractor Straub Construction worked with Rosemann to design and construct 80 apartments in the upper floors of the building with two large commercial spaces at street level.
The building’s prominence in southwest Missouri led to the Ribbon Cutting’s wide spread media attention. Opening in 1915, the Heer’s Departments store was Southwest Missouri’s premiere shopping destination for most of the 20th century until the store closed in early 1995. After recounting her memories of visiting the Heer’s Department Store as a child, Springfield Director of Planning and Development Mary Lilly Smith stated “What was once known as the dominant store of the Ozark’s empire became a symbol of deterioration and the demise of downtown.”
Since the late ‘90s, the building has been continuously changing owners, architects, and plans until Dalmark was to bring their vision to life. The building’s amenities include a large game room, a theater, outdoor rooftop patio, and a pet grooming facility. One of the most unique aspects of Rosemann’s design was the development or five two-story penthouse apartments, complete with private rooftop patios overlooking the city’s central public square. Rosemann also restored the historic terra-cotta façade and iconic rooftop lighting, both were damaged or removed during the installation of a modern curtain façade in the late 1960s.
The ceremony was attended by numerous state and local officials along with hundreds of business leaders and residents. Rosemann team members in attendance were Scott Rosemann, Jarrett Cooper, Kathy Sorkin, Ryan Montana, and former staff member Craig Hoolihan. The Dalmark Group's delegate was led by Jim Nichols, David Gladback, and Zak Nichols; representing Straub Construction was Ernie Straub, Parker Young, Michael Strick, Casey Leif, and Kip Gibler. For more information and photos, see the Springfield News-Leader’s coverage here.
“It has been a great pleasure having the opportunity to take part in the resurrection of the iconic Heers Building. The Heers Building has meant so many things to so many people of the Ozark region for generations past. The repurposing of the building will most definitely serve as a corner stone in the revitalization of downtown Springfield for generations to come. I am proud of what the ownership team and Rosemann and Associates have accomplished during this difficult
design and construction process.
Examples of great vision, collaboration, and hard work are evident in the project’s result, and undoubtedly reflect similar quality characteristics of the city that the Heers Building has
called home for over 100 years.”