Since 1959 Mr. Ragsdale has continuously provided architectural, planning, construction management and related services throughout the United States and foreign countries. Clients include Federal, State, County and City Governments, schools, commercial, industrial, institutional and religious clients.
In fifty five years of professional service, Mr. Ragsdale has been commissioned to design thousands of projects for public, university, and governmental, private, and religious clients. He has received design awards for design excellence from Architectural Associations, Religious and Governmental Agencies.
Mr. Ragsdale has been a licensed real estate broker since 1971, and owns a construction management company, which has been active in Oklahoma since the early 1970's. Mr. Ragsdale provides full service to his clients. As a developer, he has acquired land, designed, and built shopping centers, warehousing, offices buildings, churches, multi-family housing, sound studios, and television production company headquarters. He has developed Senior Citizen Housing, nursing homes, and hospitals. Leon believes that his construction experience makes him a better qualified architect and that his architectural training and experience makes him a more qualified builder. He also believes his real estate training and development experience aids him in dealing with governmental development requirements.
Leon Ragsdale was green before green was popular and long before the formation of LEED. His actions were absolute LEADERSHIP IN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT. Ragsdale designed projects have for nearly 50 years adopted these principles. Ragsdale was the designer of the first active solar system in Oklahoma in1958, writer of much of the energy codes for the City of Tulsa and Oklahoma and recipient of a grant from ERDA (Energy Research Development Administration) for retrofitting Native American affordable housing with active solar systems and for integration in design energy and resource conservation and use of energy management, heat reclamation and use of alternative energy. Ragsdale developed the first ground source Heat Pump in 1960. It was called “Earth Coil.” The Visionary leadership was represented by the SOLAR CITY in 1973 at the invitation of the INTERNATIONAL OIL EXPOSITION and the UNIVERSITY OF TULSA. The concept was for a city of 75,000 and was self-contained.
Served on the Board of Energy Curriculum Advisory Council for the Tulsa Public Schools.
Twenty (20) years served as a Science Fair Judge for the Tulsa Public Schools, was an International Science Fair Judge in 1990, and Science Fair Judging Committee.
Received Certificates of Merit for his services with the Tulsa Public Schools.
Past member of Oklahoma State Energy Association, and Solar Industries Association of Oklahoma.
Lectured and published articles on solar and alternative energy, including the Solar Engineering publication, professional publications.
LEON RAGSDALE has been active in the design of hundreds of School buildings over the past 56 years. Located in seventeen states. The projects include:
Deborah Brown Private School, Tulsa, OK. Fifty Acre Campus development that includes K – 12. Consists of classroom, recreation, outdoors and major indoor facilities including indoor pool, multi-purpose gym, administration and community service areas. Unique features are classes in aquaculture, aquaponics, greenhouse growing operations and even a small restaurant to teach food services and to use the produce grown in the urban farms. Housing for students from other cities. Some are for short term students that come for seminars and short courses. One of the features is a Waste to Energy facility for the school and neighborhood Currently in funding stage, cost $40 million. Project can be built in phases. Tulsa Technology Centers $70 Billion.- Designed the first vocational Technical School in Oklahoma ( Now known as Tulsa Technology Center) The Lemley Campus began in 1960 and the project was designed and built over 40 years.
NEW EDEN ARC – PANAMA. – SUSTAINBLE COMMUNITY - LIVING AND LEARNING FOR THE WHOLE WORLD. New Eden Arc Sustainable Community Sustainable Community in Panama. The concept is not primarily just for production and farming, but is for teaching the world about new technologies and advance food production techniques. It contains standard educational facilities for the workers in New Eden Arc but also the community's surrounding areas. Each work area is a teaching element. The focus is on food security and the use of alternative energy applications which will be used by the community. These include sun, wind, hydro power devices. Wind generators will pump water from wells for use in farm areas and energy generation. The solar collectors and photo-electrical conversion are included. The community will contain herbal farming and a health center that uses alternative healing using foods as health aids. . This is a fully functional community with housing, aquaculture, aquaponics, greenhouses, herbs and orchids using advanced farming techniques and technology. This community has produce processing and marketing operations. Current, $2 billion
TULSA TECHNOLOGY AVIONICS AND AIR POWER CAMPUS – TULSA, OK $7 million- The classrooms include the traditional subjects, such as English, math, science, chemistry, etc. but also includes shops and classrooms that are dedicated to the teaching of subjects related to the air/flight industry. Due to the nature of the class rooms extensive electrical and filtered air was required. Two giant clear span hangars provide spaces for several planes that are used in teaching. The 120’ clear span hangars are an important teaching space.