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 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.
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.
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.
Renovations to Tucker Coliseum include court floor replacement and design, spectator seating replacement, and concourse and restroom improvements.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
The new Student Services building provides a light filled and welcoming concourse for students to gather, study and work. The office suite occupies half of the building and includes reception, faculty offices, a file/safe room and conference room. The conference area is a large meeting space that can divide into two rooms with attached storage and kitchen support areas.
Rothwell Hall gives the east entrance to Arkansas Tech University a dramatic urban feel. An oversized sky-lighted front porch is a gathering space for students before touring campus. Inside the main lobby, glass walls allow continuous views of the academic advising center and trading room. The ticker tape in the trading room passes through the glass wall and continues into the lobby. On each floor the elevators open onto a lounge where students can study, charge their laptops and watch keep tabs on who is coming and going. The building houses some of the most advanced technology on campus while using the established exterior material palette in new and innovative ways.
The project consists of a new five-story residence hall on the Arkansas Tech University campus. The housing component consist of 232 beds with shared recreational and study spaces facility is set up with two double occupancy dormitory rooms sharing a common bathroom. Baswell is a modern alternative to residential suites. The university wanted one project to accommodate several objectives. The first and primary objective was to substantially increase availability of on campus student housing and to energize the south end of campus. The sports component’s primary goal was to modernize the stadium’s support facilities and satisfy spectator needs by including new stadium restrooms, concessions and ticketing facilities. The university needed to transform the existing exposed steel stadium into a campus asset and bring facilities up to a level of competition with conference peers. The mixed-use addition elevated both the stadium and collegiate events on field and in the adjacent Memorial Plaza project. Embracing both the individual and the collective student body, Baswell energizes the campus experience for students and visitors alike.
Dating back to the early 1920s, the building had reached the end of its effective usefulness. The fine art department had expanded its programmatic needs throughout the years and Arkansas Tech University recognized the opportunity for a new facility. This would allow the program to further develop and enrich the heart of campus. The design takes inspiration from the campus vernacular and boasts generous light-filled art studios with high, open spaces. By combining vernacular with traditional materials, expressive architectural elements are recognized and appreciated by everyday occupants. The building’s design uses the accepted vernacular as a guiding principal in employing the language and spirit of modernism. The structural steel frame is exposed to view throughout the building, modernizing an architectural concept as understated and appreciable as the arch. The warmth and consistent wood tone of MDF panels installed throughout the public spaces contrast with the coolness of the exposed concrete floors. Building systems are partially concealed in public areas and are revealed within the studios, providing a raw industrial aesthetic. An architecture of utility with subtle layers of textures is communicated to achieve a universal understanding of the basic architectural principles.
The highly visible new facility at UAFS houses various health and science departments including Nursing, Radiology, Surgical Tech, EMT, OBGYN and Dental Hygiene. Previously scattered throughout campus, the new building joins all of these programs together under one roof. The design promotes interaction between all by using centralized study alcoves, transparent classrooms and space planning that encourages collaboration. Warm materials and an open light-filled atrium provide a central hub that fosters energy and welcomes students, visitors and faculty.
Nutt Hall houses 339 residents and is designed from input of several campus groups. Six students, one from each dorm on campus, assisted in the design process by brainstorming in the initial sessions. Students were asked of their experiences living on campus as well as what their impressions, ideas, preferences and dislikes were. All comments and ideas were written down and repeated in the next sessions to insure responses were accurate. Besides written notes, layouts were designed to represent the different ideas students put forward (i.e., smaller common living room areas with refrigerators and microwaves for wings of the dorm, bathroom configurations, shorter hallways instead of long hallways). As a result of this process, Nutt Hall is one of the most popular residence halls at Arkansas Tech University.