2012 Arkansas Construction Hall of Fame: Kenneth Allen Pettit, PE

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Apr. 30, 2012 12:00 am  

Kenneth Allen Pettit, PE

Kenneth Allen Pettit was born in Little Rock, on Oct. 31, 1925, to the late Ernest N. and Rosalee B. Pettit.

Pettit was educated in the Little Rock public school system and graduated from Wichita Falls, Texas, High School. He received a BSME degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1949.

After graduation, Kent (as he preferred to be known) returned to Little Rock and with his father opened their mechanical and electrical consulting engineering office in what was then the Wallace Building in downtown Little Rock.

Father and son worked side by side until Ernest Pettit died in 1968, at which time Kent continued as the firm’s sole owner until the early 1970s when he was joined by Kenneth R. Baldridge (now deceased) and Samuel D. Cummings, Jr. (currently president of the firm) as partners.

Pettit and his firm were instrumental in designing mechanical and electrical systems on buildings for various architectural firms and their direct owners. Two of those architects are fellow AGC Construction Hall of Fame honorees – Jack See and Joe Stanley.

Pettit & Pettit are the design engineers for buildings throughout the state, including health care facilities and higher educational campuses as well as the following projects:

• Blue Cross / Blue Shield corporate office building in Little Rock

• National Old Line Insurance building (currently occupied by Arkansas Building Authority) in Little Rock

• Various Buildings at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

• Various Buildings at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia

• Various Buildings at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville

• Additions/Renovations at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock



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