Alone, a building's elements are nothing. Formative hands are needed to bring forth use and beauty. Brick, glass and steel may comprise the substance, but Marshall-Waters-Woody turns that substance into something unique. Building backdrops for life, Marshall-Waters-Woody awakens the spirit in a solid structure.

The design philosophy of Marshall-Waters-Woody is to create structures as unique as the occupants. Every project is a representation of and adaptation to the personality and lifestyle of the individual client. From budget limitations to site conditions and organization goals, the firm's programmers and designers satisfy client needs with functional designs that please aesthetic concerns as well.


Marshall-Waters-Woody Associates, Inc. was founded in 1962 as Marshall-Waters Architects. The firm later changed its name to Marshall-Waters Associates, Inc. In 1979, the partnership of Bill Woody brought about the current name and resulted in a firm with almost 100 years of combined partner experience. Robert Marshall retired from practice in 1988.

Edwin Waters, Principal and co-founder, has created architecture for since 1955, designing with Marshall-Waters-Woody since 1962. As current project manager for all Army and Air Force Exchange Service projects, he serves as chief specification writer and construction inspector, and within the firm, he is charged with client contact and new-business acquisition. In 2003 Mr. Waters was selected as the first "Architect of the Year" as recognized by the Springfield Contractors Association.

Bill Woody, president and Principal since 1979, designs and coordinates consultant work and production of contract documents. As principal designer and project manager, he has developed a variety of projects here in the Ozarks and beyond.


The associates of Marshall-Waters-Woody have a diversified background of specialties. Staff architects' talents range from architectural design, computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting to cost estimating, specification writing and contract administration. With both classroom training and CAD experience, the firm's architects use individual skill in wielding the tools of technology to create superior architectural design. The entire office attends Continuing Education Seminars with emphasis on LEEDS materials and practices.

Awards and Honors

The act of being recognized by one's own industry is a great measure of success. In their years of service, Marshall-Waters-Woody has garnered many local and regional awards:

Gillenwaters Tennis & Park Complex
Springfield Park Board, Springfield, Missouri

Receiving The United States Tennis Association's Award of Achievement, the design of the Gillenwaters Tennis Park Complex was awarded honors as an outstanding public tennis facility. Intended for city, state and national tennis competitions, the site's low-lying features and natural drainage patterns were award-winning features.

Design of 30th Anniversary Store
McDonald's Corporation, St. Louis Region

The unique design of McDonald's 30th anniversary store was one of eight selected nationwide for inclusion in a commemorative publication distributed to stores in all regions.

New Dry Cleaner Plant
Vogue Cleaners, Springfield, Missouri

The facility of Vogue Cleaners in Springfield, Missouri received top honors for outstanding design efficiency from the American Dry Cleaner's 26th nationwide, plant design award program.

Shoji Tabuchi Theater
Branson, Missouri

Baldknobbers Theater
Branson, Missouri

Both theaters have been included in a publication by a major pre-engineered building manufacturer. The two projects represent a fast-track approach to construction.

Abou Ben Adhem Temple
Springfield, Missouri

The Shrine Mosque in Springfield was chosen for inclusion in several interior suppliers' worldwide publications as an example of interior renovation.

McDonald's Restaurant
Lighting Award
Seville Square, Kansas City, Missouri

The Kansas City Chapter of the Illuminating Engineers Society presented Marshall-Waters-Woody Associates an "Excellence of Design" award for the lighting in the Seville Square McDonald's. The firm's direct/indirect lighting use was an innovation in food-service facilities.

MCI Call Center
Springfield, Missouri

The MCI Call Center in Springfield was selected as the winner of the 1997 Star Master Builder of the Year Award. This award is Star Manufacturing's highest honor for design excellence among its 900+ member builders.

New Elementary School
Springfield R-12 School District
Springfield, Missouri

The design of Wanda Gray Elementary School, a joint project, was published in the November 1986 issue of American Schools and Universities. The facility's prototype Learning Resource Center continues to be added to elementary schools throughout the R-12 School District.

Christ Episcopal Church
Springfield, Missouri

The Parrish Hall and Cloister addition to this historical church was awarded "Project of the Year" by the Springfield Contractors Association in 2007.

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