AIA Merit Award: Garland Center

PROJECT: Garland Center  
FIRM: Amirmoez Foster Hailey Johnson
CONTRACTOR: Baldwin & Shell Construction Co.
LOCATION: Fayetteville

Garland Center is a mixed-use gateway to the University of Arkansas, consistent with UA planning guidance for this campus sector. It includes a 1,500-car, six-level parking garage along with retail tenant space and the University Bookstore. The garage is required to be efficient, intuitive in use and enticing for the patron.

Retail lease space along Garland Avenue should add shopping convenience and visual interest at pedestrian level. A two-level bookstore plus coffee shop and store-within-a-store brands add a “wow” factor.

Consistent with university goals, Garland Center is designed and built to sustainable criteria equivalent to LEED Silver. Budget and challenging schedule requirements had to be met.

Garland Center met sustainability goals, construction cost limits and dates to be open.

Owner/Client: Board of Trustees, University of Arkansas
Project Team: Jim Foster, FAIA; Bill Browner; John Krug, AIA; Phil Hadfield, AIA; Kirk V. Blunck; Khalid Khan; Brent Jackson; Kerry Weig; Mark Schmid
Consultants: Walker Parking Consultants, Henderson Engineers, Inc., Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc., Martin Roberts Design (formerly Grid2)
Photographer: Timothy Hursley