Construction Archive

Fayetteville Upgrading Infrastructure With 'Mayor's Box' Project Surrounding the City

by Marty Cook 2/17/2014 12:00 am

The city plans to break ground later this month on a one-mile stretch of Van Asche Drive that is a continuation of the “Mayor's Box” development.

Springhill Suites Hosts $4.5M Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 2/17/2014 12:00 am

The sale of a 78-room hotel in west Little Rock tipped the scales at $4.5 million. A 66,000-SF industrial facility in North Little Rock weighed in at $1.5 million. And an 8,320-SF Family Dollar Store in southwest Little Rock rang up a $1.2 million transaction.

Creating an Engaged Workforce (John Hendon Commentary)

by John Hendon 2/17/2014 12:00 am

Employee engagement is simply a combination of job satisfaction, ability and a willingness to perform for one's organization at a high level and over an extended time. This combination of satisfaction, ability and willingness is more critical today than ever before in business.

Scott Copas Moves Into New Role as Bob Shell Assumes Chairman's Seat at Baldwin & Shell (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/17/2014 12:00 am

Bob Shell is assuming the role of chairman of the board at Baldwin & Shell Construction Co. in Little Rock. Also promoted were Scott Copas, to president and CEO.

Meet the Finalists of the 26th Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/17/2014 12:00 am

Since 1988, Arkansas Business has honored the state's top executives, small businesses and nonprofits with the annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards. Readers make nominations and an independent panel of judges selects the winners.

Relocation of Historic Frank Lloyd Wright House to Crystal Bridges a First

by Jan Cottingham 2/10/2014 12:00 am

In a few weeks, a fully dismantled structure designed by Frank Lloyd Wright will be carefully loaded into vehicles provided by J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. and moved some 1,300 miles west to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. It will then be carefully unloaded, moved to its new home on the museum's 120 acres and reassembled, piece by numbered piece.

Arkansas Homebuilders Get Their Way on Energy Code

by Mark Friedman 2/10/2014 12:00 am

In the fight between the Arkansas Homebuilders Association and energy auditors over updating the Arkansas Energy Code, the first round went to the homebuilders.

Underground Tunnels Challenge Hot Springs Engineers from Past to Present

by Luke Jones 2/10/2014 12:00 am

The Hot Springs Creek Tunnel and other structures of its kind in Arkansas represent architectural accomplishments that carry their unique engineering challenges into the present, but often go unnoticed.

Private-Sector Housing in Fayetteville Chases UA Student Growth

by George Waldon 2/10/2014 12:00 am

Another round of private-sector student housing is in motion to tap the enrollment growth at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Leading the way is The Cardinal at West Center, a 471-bed project expected to open this summer at 831 W. Center St., one block south of campus.

UA Students at Fay Jones School of Architecture Getting 'The Wright Stuff'

by Jan Cottingham 2/10/2014 12:00 am

The move of the Bachman Wilson House to the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is presenting opportunities for students of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas.

Walton Encounter Leads Retailers to Harrison French & Associates of Bentonville

by Jan Cottingham 2/10/2014 12:00 am

Architect Harrison French didn't set out to attract national retailers as customers, but a happy encounter with some Walton friends led to what has evolved into a strong book of clients like Wal-Mart Stores, Sam's Club, Walgreens, 7-Eleven, Subway and Sonic.

Central Arkansas Office Space Vacancy Rate Slips

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/10/2014 12:00 am

The vacancy rate for commercial office space in central Arkansas fell to 11.5 percent in fourth-quarter 2013, compared with 11.9 percent in third-quarter 2013 and 11.8 percent in the year-earlier quarter. The national average in the fourth quarter was 15.6 percent, according to the Central Arkansas Commercial Data Exchange.

Fuel Storage Facility Attracts $5M Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 2/10/2014 12:00 am

The sale of a 21.6-acre fuel storage development in North Little Rock tipped the scales at $5 million. A convenience store just north of Maumelle rang up a $3.4 million sale-leaseback transaction. And a 32,426-SF building products facility in North Little Rock changed hands in a $1.5 million sale.

Fort Smith, Fayetteville Mayors See Need for Deeper Arkansas River

by Marty Cook 2/10/2014 12:00 am

Many mayors of Arkansas cities would like to see the Arkansas River's shipping channel deepened from 9 feet to 12 feet to facilitate more efficient barge traffic. Deeper water means heavier barges, and that means lower shipping costs, which means cheaper products for the rest of us.

Architect David Sargent on Heartbreaking Design Trends, Favorite Projects

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/10/2014 12:00 am

David Sargent joined WER in 1986 and was named CEO in 2006. Many of his projects have received awards, including a National AIA Design Award for the Clinton Presidential Center. In addition to leading the firm's overall design, Sargent mentors younger staff members and builds on client and industry relationships. Sargent is a member of the American Institute of Architects and has his LEED AP credential from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Developer Plans Outlet Mall at Gateway Town Center

by Lance Turner 2/6/2014 01:01 pm

New England Development Co. of Newton, Mass., is planning a 325,000-SF outlet mall called The Outlet at Little Rock near Bass Pro Shops at the Gateway Town Center in Little Rock.

Jobless Rates Down in 3 of 6 Arkansas Metros

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/5/2014 10:28 am

Unemployment rates were down or steady in four of six Arkansas metropolitan areas surveyed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, data released Wednesday by the agency revealed.

Engineering Program at Southern Arkansas University Gets State OK

by Mark Carter 2/3/2014 02:14 pm

Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia has been authorized by the state to establish a bachelor of science in engineering program, the school announced.

Walton Arts Center Must Use City's Selection Process for Contractor

by Marty Cook 2/3/2014 12:00 am

The Walton Arts Center will have to use the city of Fayetteville's selection process to hire a contractor for the center's $20 million renovation and expansion.

Helena Museum Undergoing Repairs

by Luke Jones 2/3/2014 12:00 am

The current work involves repairing windows on the portion of the museum that's housed in an 1891 building that once served as Helena's library, Director Shane Williams said.