The renovation of the long-vacant Larrison Hall brings back online a mid-century building in the heart of UAPB’s campus. The renovation provides ADA accessibility, with a new elevator and raised entrance with a ramp. 12 new flexible laboratories combined with faculty offices, graduate student support spaces, and large multi-purpose room allow the students to perform their research in a state-of-the-art, collaborative environment.
The project consists of the construction of a new Student Engagement Center containing a performing arts center, food concepts, wellness center, student health services, and large multi-purpose space.
The project consists of renovations to the campus bookstore, printshop, and mail room, as well as the offices of various student organizations on campus.
The ASC Creative Construction Zone is a renovation project for The Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas at their main facility at 701 S. Main Street within their larger ASC ARTx3 campus. Overview from The Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas: The Creative Construction Zone is ASC’s space for kids in grades kindergarten through second, where they are encouraged to explore, learn, and tinker. Young visitors can build their creativity with the Imagination Big Blue Blocks. They can explore the interactive kid-friendly features by artist Jonathan Wright, and use puzzles, games, and toys. Kids can get cozy in the Eugenia Cook Library nook with a book from a collection of fun and educational arts and science books. A landscape mural by John Kushmaul, abstractly depicting the Port of Pine Bluff and railroad yard at the Arkansas River, adorns the space. This large, vibrant space is also perfect for hosting events and engaging our community through different programming. The room includes a large kitchen, ideal for cooking classes, receptions, and event rentals. Kitchen amenities include double ovens, plenty of refrigerator and freezer space, a dishwasher, and a sleek five-burner stove. The space also extends outdoors with a convenient patio, which includes picnic seating, retractable canopy shades, verdant landscaping, and a large, colorful guitar-shaped sculpture Rhythm created by University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff faculty and students. A large, roll-up garage-style door blurs the line between indoors and out.
The UAPB Kountz-Kyle Phase 3 Renovation continues the efforts of the University, with significant contributions by Title III, to modernize the Biology departments facilities with renovated classrooms and laboratories, and a newly-constructed greenhouse. This is the first major full-scale renovation to the 39,000 square foot facility since its inception in the 1970’s. Every aspect of the building is getting an upgrade from mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems to interior finishes, A/V, and laboratory equipment.
The Excel Center® at Goodwill is the first adult high school in Arkansas. It provides students ages 19 and over a second chance to earn a high school diploma. AMR worked with Goodwill Industries of Arkansas to design the expansion of the school from 125 students to 300 students by finishing out a portion of their existing building. The space includes classrooms, a drop-in center for childcare, offices, multi-purpose space, and a student break out space in the center of the school.
There is a growing trend in collegiate athletics that extends the competition from the field on game days to recruiting battles off the field. The design for ATU-Indoor Multi-Sports Complex began with the idea of making an impact on competition both on and off field by making this new facility a part of the in-game experience. The new left field wall takes cues from the famous Big Green Monster at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass. while also serving as the southern wall for the locker room and coach's office. Careful consideration was required to meet the budget along with a construction schedule to minimize disruption of the 2017 season. The project was completed in March 2018.
Renovations to Tucker Coliseum include court floor replacement and design, spectator seating replacement, and concourse and restroom improvements.
AMR Architects, in collaboration with Design Group of Columbus, OH, leads the design team to transform the outdated historic Wilson Hall building into a modern, state of the art medical school. Along with the many complex program requirements of a medical school building, the program also requires intense IT and AV coordination to facilitate the two way learning environment necessary for the two institution partnership. This new innovative model extends beyond the institutions by also collaborating with the local health care community. NYIT is a private, non-profit university and is bringing its medical school program (NYITCOM) to the campus of a public university (A-State) to meet the challenge of creating more physicians where they are needed.
Situated at the entrance of Arkansas Tech University, Brown Hall greets prospective students and visitors in a four-story facility housing Admissions, Student Support Services, 10 classrooms, and other major departments. Adjacent to the main entry and lobby, the reception area to Admissions welcomes students with colorful and contemporary furnishings and fixtures that compliment and reinforce the ATU culture. A custom wall graphic with logo anchors the area and Official University Ambassador, Jerry the Bulldog sits nearby behind a gate enclosure for students to visit with. New students gather for orientation in a uniquely shaped wood panel clad room to watch a special video presentation before touring campus. Innovation and technology are present throughout with design features to maximize flexibility for new teaching methodologies and collaborative learning styles. Warm, comfortable niche areas with various seating types encourage student and faculty interaction and are ideal for individual or small group work, study or lounging. All spaces include power sources for charging personal devices and wireless access is available for all.
The 117,000 square foot facility houses over 40 classrooms, labs, seminar rooms, and approximately 140 faculty offices. The building features a large atrium space that acts not only as a featured gathering space, but also as an orientation device to aid in navigating the large floor plan. Located in the heart of the Arkansas State University campus, the building's design is intended to recall and compliment the rich history of the campus architecture and strengthen major pedestrian axes.
M Street Dorm is a five-story student residence hall at Arkansas Tech University that sleeps 290 residents. Each floor has a central common space with lounge furniture and an entertainment area. Additional communal space and laundry facility are located in the basement. These spaces provide a vibrant and friendly atmosphere for residents while also encouraging student interaction. The colorful nature of the lounges continues down each wing of the building with playful accent tones displayed on each dorm room door. These accents provide warm relief to the polished concrete floors and ceilings, and light Baltic birch wood millwork throughout. M Street Dorm also encompasses a large back yard that unifies four adjacent resident halls and further reinforces the importance and value of community on campus.
Chambers Cafeteria is the primary dining facility for Arkansas Tech University. In 2013, Chambers Cafeteria was at the end of its effective service, serving more than three times the number of students than it was previously designed to accommodate. New construction was considered but maintaining the primary dining facility in the center of the campus was important to the university, therefore the solution was to renovate. The goals were to create an exciting dining experience with decentralized flow to avoid long, crowded lines and replace and modernize the existing systems infrastructure. The design solution created one continuous open dining area by removing the traditional back-of-house kitchen and joining the east and west dining rooms. The new 2,400 SF east glass addition set a new roof elevation higher than the original that created a warm, naturally lit area. The project doubled the seating capacity and was completed on a five-month timetable and within budget.
The Alvin F Vest Student Union took an underutilized, bare room and transformed it into a hub for students that combined a computer lab, library, bookstore, food service and living room. This bright, fun and welcoming space was designed to encourage students to linger and interact. The entrances to the building were also updated to begin to form a consistent aesthetic throughout the small campus.
The university was eager to provide a place exclusively for students to meet, dine and socialize; a place where students could develop connections with other students and faculty and result in increased retention rates. To accomplish this the building was deliberately placed in the center of campus with its northeast façade fronting the busiest axis on campus. This captures and concentrates the energy of this pedestrian intersection and unifies a once spread out, automobile-oriented campus. Floor to ceiling glass on three sides allows for a visual in all directions for students to see and be seen. The wood overhang and brick incorporate elements that are well established as part of ATU's palette allowing the building to comfortably integrate into the campus. The space consists of a food court comprised of four venders, coffee bar and a 3,000 SF, two-story seating area for social gathering and dining on the ground floor. The second floor consists of three multi-purpose rooms and an additional gathering area that overlooks the floor below.
The project consists of a new 10,400 SF single-story academic science building at Arkansas Tech University. McEver Hall is an addition to the existing building and originally conceived by the owner to be a mirror image expansion. The program of the addition didn’t lend itself to the original scheme and a contemporary addition was constructed to compliment the existing building. The building includes wet biology research and teaching labs, computer lab, offices and support spaces. The teaching lab spaces have exposed wood trusses and roof decking that open up to northern facing clerestories.