UAMS Residence Hall Construction Gets Under Way

A $14 million construction project that will provide on-campus housing for students at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock is under way.

The new residence hall, which is part of an onslaught of new projects UAMS has in the works as part of a more than $200 million campus expansion initiative, is expected to be completed by fall 2006 and will replace the existing student housing facility. That 45-year-old dormitory is slated to be demolished in late 2005 or early 2006 to make way for subsequent hospital expansion projects.

"Our new residence hall will provide more up-to-date and improved accommodations to meet the changing needs of students and medical residents," said I. Dodd Wilson, UAMS chancellor, in a press release. "It is another element in our expansion program that will transform the UAMS campus and increase our ability to meet the future needs of our educational, patient care and research missions."

The new student housing project includes 177 rooms that are a mix of traditional dorm-style spaces with semi-private baths, one-bedroom apartments and efficiency apartments. Each room will have computer network access, and the apartments will also include washers and dryers.

The 92,000-SF residence hall is being constructed on Markham Street just north of the Arkansas State Hospital and will also feature a central administration building.

Baldwin & Shell Construction Co. of Little Rock is the contractor, and Polk Stanley Rowland Curzon Porter Architects of Little Rock offered the design.