Clements & Associates' Designs Revitalize Past, Embrace Future (Advertisement)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, May. 10, 2010 12:00 am  

Gary Clements, President, Clements & Associates/Architecture, Inc.

Clements & Associates Architecture, Inc.
507 Main St.
North Little Rock, Ark.   72114
(501) 375-3380
(501) 375-8231 (fax)

Number of Employees: 7
Top Executives: Gary Clements, AIA, President
Product or Service: Architectural services/planning
Year Founded: 1997

Stand with architect Gary Clements outside his firm’s office on Main Street in North Little Rock’s historic Argenta district, and you’ll get a history lesson. Up and down the revitalized neighborhood’s main artery are projects Clements & Associates helped restore to their former glory.

The full-service design firm’s own offices, in fact, are in the Barth-Hempfling House at 507 Main Street, “the oldest house in North Little Rock,” Clements notes. When Clements’ firm designed other restored space for its former tenants, the historic structure became available and Clements & Associates moved in.

Past Is Prologue

Clements has a passion for historic preservation work – he’s served on the North Little Rock Historic District Commission for 17 years – and his firm boasts a long list of impressive projects in that specialty. But by no means is that Clements & Associates’ sole niche.

“We specialize in historic preservation, but that’s a very limited field in a market our size,” Clements said. “So we are much more broad-based.”

Visible proof is the new Student Village at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, two new residential halls that encompass 12 four-story houses. It includes 92 private and semi-private suites, housing more than 350 students. The firm also designed First Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Fla., and ecclesiastical work has become a specialty for Clements & Associates.

“Our firm is licensed to do work in eight other states besides Arkansas,” Clements said. “We don’t pursue work out of state, but we do follow clients who go other places.”

Better Not Bigger

Closer to home, the firm’s design skills are on display at a variety of well-known public places.

“We have been working at the State Capitol Building, on one thing or another, continuously since 1985,” Clements said. “Right now we’re working for the Secretary of State and House of Representatives. We’re working in the north gallery, where the infrastructure was last redone in the 1960s.”



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