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Columbia Missourian

72K-sq.-foot home under construction in southwest Missouri

By The Associated Press
July 18, 2011 | 9:46 a.m. CDT

HIGHLANDVILLE — A 72,000-sq.-foot private home being built in southwest Missouri will be one of the largest in the United States when it's completed.

The Springfield News-Leader reported that the home is being built by Steven Huff, who has family ties in Missouri and is chairman of Wisconsin-based TF Concrete Forming Systems.

Not surprisingly, it will be built out of the insulated concrete, manufactured and distributed by Huff's company. Michigan-based Helix also is partnering in the project, providing the steel reinforcement product that will be used.

Luke Pinkerton, founder of Helix, said the idea was to create a home that uses very low energy, as well as having strong resistance to tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, fire, flood and insect damage.

"What we're able to do is develop a home that has very, very good insulating properties for heating and cooling," he said. "It's very robust and strong."

Called Pensmore, the home includes two elevators, 13 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, a billiard room, a home theater, a music room and a 1,600-sq.-foot library. Blueprints submitted in 2007 show the main level and second story span 44,641 sq. feet. There are another 23,020-sq. feet in the basement, and the garage is 4,000 sq. feet.

A building permit shows the cost of materials to be about $6.89 million.

Pensmore, which sits on 500 acres, has been in some stage of construction since 2007, said Todd Wiesehan, planning and zoning administrator for Christian County. He estimates it's another year or two away from completion.

"It's got to the point where it's capturing national attention," he said.