Construction Archive

Greater Little Rock Home Builders Pick Nathan Cooper as President (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2015 12:00 am

Nathan Cooper of River Valley Builders has been named 2015 president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Little Rock. Cooper has been a member of the Home Builders Association since 2009 and has served on the board of directors. Justin Keener of Billy Hartness Construction will be vice president, and Tony Dillon of The Dillon Group will be secretary/treasurer.

AB Exec of '09 Joe Stanley On Building One Architecture Firm Out of Two

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2015 12:00 am

A graduate of the Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas, Joe Stanley started his architectural career in 1971 in Memphis. In 1977, he moved back to Arkansas to start Polk Stanley. In 2009, after a merger with The Wilcox Group, Stanley was named CEO.

EAST Initiative Unveils New West Little Rock Digs

by Mark Carter 2/12/2015 04:08 pm

EAST Initiative unveiled its new west Little Rock location on Thursday afternoon. The nonprofit partners with schools to provide project-based, service-oriented programs with a focus on high-end technology.

Michael Hocutt Selected To Head General Contractors Association (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/9/2015 12:00 am

Michael Hocutt, president of Clark Power Corp. of Little Rock, has been chosen to lead the Associated General Contractors of Arkansas as 2015 president. Hocutt represents the utility division and has 37 years of industry experience.

Bank of Rison Sees Assets Rising

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/9/2015 12:00 am

The Bank of Rison is no longer the smallest bank in Arkansas, and CEO Troy Duke is celebrating with two major developments: a new headquarters building on Main Street and the bank's first branch.

Title Granted to Magellan on Slim Piece of Pulaski Property

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/9/2015 12:00 am

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Alice Gray has signed an order of possession for a 0.17-acre piece of land in North Little Rock that was the subject of an eminent domain filing.

Labor Force Dropped in Central Arkansas Since 2007

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/9/2015 12:00 am

The labor force fell 1.9 percent in central Arkansas from 2007 to 2014, though the population grew 7.3 percent, according to planning agency Metroplan.

NWA Job Market Calling for Soft Skills

by Marty Cook 2/9/2015 12:00 am

Mike Harvey, the COO of the Northwest Arkansas Council, says job growth in the area is impressive but work has to be done to help today's students prepare for tomorrow's jobs. It's a sentiment echoed by other experts in the economic field.

Texarkana Directors Feel Misled on Land Deals Made by City Manager

by Sean Beherec 2/9/2015 12:00 am

In the wake of a state audit, a criminal probe, a whistleblower lawsuit and an investigation by private citizens, the former mayor of Texarkana has concluded that he and other city directors were rooked.

Blaylock Threet Engineers Merges with Harbor Environmental

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/3/2015 02:10 pm

Harbor Environmental and Safety of Little Rock has absorbed Blaylock Threet Engineers, the company announced Tuesday.

Museum Store at Crystal Bridges Wins National AIA Honor Award

by Jan Cottingham 2/2/2015 10:09 am

The retail store at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville has received a 2015 national Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects.

Public Meetings Scheduled for Plains & Eastern Clean Line

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/2/2015 09:45 am

The U.S. Department of Energy has scheduled a series of public meetings including six in Arkansas as part of an independent review of the proposed Plains & Eastern Clean Line.

UA Fay Jones School of Architecture Dean Peter MacKeith on the Context of Design

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/2/2015 12:00 am

Peter MacKeith, 55, became dean of the Jones School of Architecture on July 1, 2014. Before coming to Arkansas, MacKeith was a professor and assistant dean at Washington University in St. Louis. MacKeith spent nearly a decade as director of the Master of Architecture-International Program at what is now known as Aalto University in Finland.

Truckers Seek Higher Fuel Tax

by Marty Cook 2/2/2015 12:00 am

On Jan. 26, a coalition of AAA, the American Trucking Associations and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent a letter urging members of the 114th Congress to raise the federal fuel tax rate. Currently, and since 1993, the rate has been 18.4 cents a gallon for gas and 24.4 cents a gallon for diesel.

Mountain Pure Liquidates In $6 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 2/2/2015 12:00 am

The Arkansas assets of Mountain Pure Water changed hands in a $6 million foreclosure sale. Land for future expansion in North Little Rock weighed in at $1.22 million. And a 2,647-SF bank branch in midtown Little Rock tipped the scales at $1.18 million.

Fort Smith Office Park Getting Makeover

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/2/2015 12:00 am

Woodcrest Office Park changed hands recently and will undergo a much-needed renovation.

Flexibility Key To Cromwell Architects Engineers' 130-Year Survival

by Jan Cottingham 2/2/2015 12:00 am

After more than 30 years at Cromwell Architects Engineers Inc., CEO Charley Penix has the long view of the firm, on what has allowed it to survive 130 years to become the oldest architecture firm in Arkansas and one of the oldest in the United States.

Architecture Events Scheduled at Crystal Bridges in February

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/2/2015 12:00 am

Architecture critic Sarah Goldhagen, author of “Louis Kahn's Situated Modernism” and a contributor to The New York Times and other publications, will speak on Sunday, Feb. 8. On Feb. 23, the museum will reveal two portfolios of Wright's work in anticipation of the completion of the Bachman Wilson installation.

UA Architecture Dean Peter MacKeith To Speak in Little Rock

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/2/2015 12:00 am

Peter MacKeith, dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, will speak at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock on Feb. 10.

Fort Smith Confronts $480 Million Sewer Bill

by Marty Cook 2/2/2015 12:00 am

Since the federal government said Fort Smith's Clean Water Act violations since 2004 resulted in the discharge of more than 119 million gallons of untreated sewage into waterways, including the Arkansas River, the city has agreed to pay a $300,000 fine and spend $400,000 to help repair private sewer lines in low-income neighborhoods.