About Us

Our collaborative process guides and informs everyone involved from project conception past completion. At Paragon Architecture, we strive not only to enrich every community with quality design, but to do so through innovative thinking and focused expertise. That’s the Paragon Approach™.

We apply focused expertise and a collaborative team design process to co-create enhanced spaces for users. “Focused Expertise” means that we have invested our time and energy into specific markets and industries and partner with others to bring world class knowledge to our clients. “Collaborative Team Design” is just as much a part of our product as our finished design. We believe that the best product for our client requires their knowledge and experience combined with our own.

The Paragon Approach™ is our culture. We not only focus on delivering a great design, but ensuring that the process we utilize to reach our final product is focused on quality and exceeds our clients’ needs. With The Paragon Approach™, we bring all of the stakeholders to the table, along with the best information and technologies, to create a product that works best for the client, their users and the community.

Making a Difference

It is our privilege to work, live, and play in the Springfield, Joplin, and St. Louis areas. Paragon supports our staff’s commitment to make a positive impact in the communities we serve by encouraging community outreach, philanthropy, and involvement in organizations that are important to them.

  • American Institute of Architects
  • Community Partnership of the Ozarks Board of Directors
  • The Salvation Army Joplin Advisory Board
  • The Salvation Army Day of Hope
  • Partnership for Sustainability Executive Committee
  • The Network for Young Professionals – Members
  • Springfield Strategic Planning (update to Vision 20/20) Growth Monument & Land-use Committee
  • The Network Advisory Committee – Past Chairman, 2 Committee Members
  • The Network/City of Springfield Next Cities Task Force
  • P20 Committee – Former and Current Members
  • Metropolitan National Bank – NEXT Advisory Committee
  • Springfield Regional Economic Partnership Advisory Board
  • Voices of Business Committee
  • Society for Marketing Professional Services – Members
  • Leadership Springfield
  • Leadership Joplin Class of 2014
  • Young Professionals Network (YPN)
  • Community Focus Report Card Sub-Business and Economic Conditions Subcommittee
  • AIA Springfield MO Board of Directors
  • AIA Springfield MO Architectural Registration Examination Seminar – Chairman
  • AIA Springfield MO Young Architects Forum Steering Committee
  • Springfield Contractors Association – Generation Next
  • NorthPoint Church – Impact Volunteer
  • Wellspring Church
  • Design Build Institute of America – Springfield Steering Committee
  • Springfield Business Development Council
  • United States Green Building Council
  • Convoy of Hope
  • United Way Day of Caring
  • Friends of Abilities First – Former Board President
  • Art Inspired
  • Inspired Boutique
  • Abilities First – Greene County Developmental Disability Board – Treasurer
  • Abilities First Committees: Executive Committee, Five Year Strategic Planning Committee, Name Change and Logo Committee, Public Education Task Force
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters – Taste of the Ozarks Volunteer and Marathon Ambassador
  • Alzheimer’s Association Auction Committee for the Annual Wine Auction and Gala
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association – MDA Festival of Hope, MDA Telethon, MDA Lock-Up
  • Rock N’ Ribs – Volunteers
  • Lead & Enhance the Accounting Profession (LEAP)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Missouri Society of CPAs
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Betty & Bobby Allison Ozarks Counseling Center
  • Young Architect’s Forum (YAF) – Member
  • ACE Mentor Program of the Ozarks – Board President
  • SPS Advisory Board Member – Technology & Design Career Pathway
  • ICA (International CPTED Association) – Member
  • Downtown Joplin Alliance – Former Board Member
  • Missouri Society for Healthcare Engineering MOSHE

Services

  • Programming

    We develop solutions based on the unique goals and objectives of each client. There is no one-size-fits-all scenario and we believe in a collaborative approach that will deliver the most effective and innovative solutions for our partners.
  • Interior Design

    We believe that successful interior settings are flexible, adaptable and durable–but also beautiful and appealing. You should see your brand reflected throughout the design of your business.
  • Strategic Master Planning

    Considering the resources available and the growth goals set by each client, we use our expertise to develop plans that will complement their long-term goals and objectives.
  • Project Management

    We have the internal resources to ensure your project stays on task and on budget during the entire process through keeping communication channels open with regular reviews, updated reports and design scheduling.
  • Workplace

    We strive to fully understand a company’s culture so we can design a workspace that will both inspire and enhance productivity while meeting their functional and physical needs.
  • Branding

    We work with our clients to create a connection between their space and brand. The two should be intertwined and we believe your space should be a showcase of your brand in the physical form.
  • Modern Learning Environments

    Our K-12 and higher education projects promote achievement through the thoughtful integration of furnishings and educational technology to provide adaptable, student-centered settings.
  • Adaptive Reuse

    Breathing life back into unused or dated buildings is a welcomed project for our team that poses many exciting challenges. While renovating the space to meet new requirements, we preserve the integrity of the original space within the design.
  • Sustainable Design

    Sustainability is at the forefront of all we do. Utilizing resources that will enhance energy efficiency not only results in improving the bottom line for our clients but also reduces their carbon footprint.

What Our Clients Are Saying

  • “Purchasing and renovating a property is not something we are experienced with but having Paragon take the lead a project manager has helped alleviate stress and make the overall process positive… I love working with your team…”

    Janet Dankert
    Community Partnership of the Ozarks
  • “We asked Paragon to deliver on a challenging and unusual project to satisfy an important tenant with high expectations. You (Paragon Architecture) deliver above my expectations and I will continue to recommend Paragon in the future. Thanks!”

    Brian Weiler
    Springfield Branson Airport
  • “The firm (Paragon Architecture) is an exceptional firm and I have truly enjoyed working with many members of the firm that I have had the pleasure to work with”

    Bob Harrington
    MSSU Physical Plant Director
  • “It was the expertise and knowledge of Paragon that guided our School District through the grant process, the submittal, the awarding of the grant, the design phase, and then the construction phase with the result being a wonderful community safe room which has enhanced our school facility. I have absolutely no doubt that without Paragon that the Diamond School System would not have been able to secure the FEMA funds and our project would have fizzled.”

    Eddie Jones
    Diamond R-IV Schools
  • “I would put the design and construction coordination of the Paragon team up against any firm. However, it is the intangibles that set Paragon apart. Having worked with several architects over the years, it was such a blessing to make acquaintance with Brad and his team. It is Brad’s personal touch, desire to accomplish the best solution, and personal investment in our college that separates Paragon from others.”

    Jim Cummins – EdD, CPA
    Crowder College
  • “Completion of Fire Station #2 in Joplin occurred ahead of schedule and under budget. I directly attribute this to the professional manner which both Jessica Struckhoff and Brad Erwin displayed during the construction process. This station stands as a model for future construction and design of our continued recovery from the 2011 tornado.”

    Mitchell D. Randles
    Joplin, MO
  • “We have worked with Paragon Architecture and are very pleased with our relationship. The staff of Paragon have been professional, creative and conscious with our needs and fiscal options. The quality of work and communication is exceptional. We have been very impressed with their ability to meet our scheduled goals and project targets.”

    Richard L. Asbill
    Cassville R-IV School District
  • Our project was not perfect .  As expected, there were issues to resolve.  However, several years later, Brad Erwin still calls to check on things, and that’s unheard of in my experience.  As one of its first clients, I am happy to recommend Paragon Architecture.

     

    Tom Houston
    Webster Electric Cooperative
  • I can’t think of a professional service provider we have been more pleased with in my 24 years at Crowder. Paragon Architecture will be the most creative AND practical group you can envision and they will hit all timelines and budget markers routinely and accurately. I can’t think of anyone I could recommend more highly than Paragon Architecture.

    Dr. Alan Marble
    Crowder College

Awards & Recognition

Small Business of the Year 2017
Joplin Chamber of Commerce
Inc 5000 2017
INC. Magazine
Inc 5000 2016
INC. Magazine
2015 Most Influential Women – Crystal Reynolds
SPRINGFIELD BUSINESS JOURNAL
2015 Entrepreneur of The Year - Economic Impact Awards - Brad E. Erwin
SPRINGFIELD BUSINESS JOURNAL
2015 Dynamic Dozen
SPRINGFIELD BUSINESS JOURNAL
2015 Outstanding Project
LEARNING BY DESIGN
2014 W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award
SPRINGFIELD AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
2014 Forty Under Forty - Crystal Reynolds
SPRINGFIELD BUSINESS JOURNAL
2014 Economic Impact Award
SPRINGFIELD BUSINESS JOURNAL
2014 Top 20 Under 40 - Brad E. Erwin
ENR MIDWEST
2014 Men of the Year -Brad E. Erwin
SPRINGFIELD BUSINESS JOURNAL
2013 Outstanding Design
AMERICAN SCHOOL & UNIVERSITY
2013 Notable Training Facility
STATION STYLE DESIGN AWARDS
2013 10 Most Beautiful Women - Crystal Reynolds
417 MAGAZINE
2012 Project of the Year Excellence in Design
AMERICAN BUILDING COMPANY
2011 Forty Under Forty Brad E. Erwin
SPRINGFIELD BUSINESS JOURNAL
Small Business of the Year 2017
Joplin Chamber of Commerce
Inc 5000 2017
INC. Magazine
Inc 5000 2016
INC. Magazine
2015 Most Influential Women – Crystal Reynolds
SPRINGFIELD BUSINESS JOURNAL
2015 Entrepreneur of The Year - Economic Impact Awards - Brad E. Erwin
SPRINGFIELD BUSINESS JOURNAL
2015 Dynamic Dozen
SPRINGFIELD BUSINESS JOURNAL
2015 Outstanding Project
LEARNING BY DESIGN
2014 W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award
SPRINGFIELD AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
2014 Forty Under Forty - Crystal Reynolds
SPRINGFIELD BUSINESS JOURNAL
2014 Economic Impact Award
SPRINGFIELD BUSINESS JOURNAL
2014 Top 20 Under 40 - Brad E. Erwin
ENR MIDWEST
2014 Men of the Year -Brad E. Erwin
SPRINGFIELD BUSINESS JOURNAL
2013 Outstanding Design
AMERICAN SCHOOL & UNIVERSITY
2013 Notable Training Facility
STATION STYLE DESIGN AWARDS
2013 10 Most Beautiful Women - Crystal Reynolds
417 MAGAZINE
2012 Project of the Year Excellence in Design
AMERICAN BUILDING COMPANY
2011 Forty Under Forty Brad E. Erwin
SPRINGFIELD BUSINESS JOURNAL