Arkansas Business Weekly Edition

April 20, 2015

Slideshow: Inside Robinson Center's $68 Million Renovation Project

Slideshow: Inside Robinson Center's $68 Million Renovation Project
Karen E. Segrave

The Little Rock auditorium is undergoing a $68 million renovation led by the design team of Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock and Ennead Architects of New York. CDI Contractors of Little Rock has partnered with Hunt Construction Group of Dallas as general contractors and construction managers. read more >

Eminent Domain Rights Dusted Off as Pipelines Trace Path Across Arkansas

Several energy projects in various phases of completion are in the works across Arkansas, drawing increased attention to the process of eminent domain used to obtain access to land, as well as some of the difficulties companies face in building their projects. read more >

Safety Directors Keep Eye On Construction Sites

Contractors, builders and construction executives say accident prevention keeps costs and accidents down at work sites. Having a safety director on a job site could help prevent worker injuries, said Richard Hedgecock, the executive vice president of the Associated General Contractors Arkansas, the state's largest commercial construction trade association. read more >

Whispers

Arkansas Heart Foundation Pumps Lance Armstrong Fundraiser

Arkansas Heart Foundation Pumps Lance Armstrong Fundraiser

The foundation is holding a fundraising event, the Cardiac Classic bike ride, on Saturday, April 25. On the preceding night, Friday, April 24, the foundation is holding “An Evening With Lance Armstrong.” read more >

This Week's List

Contractors See Construction Business Pick Up in 2014

Contractors See Construction Business Pick Up in 2014

In general, 2014 was a year of increase among the biggest general contractors in Arkansas. Eighteen out of 32 firms that reported updated revenue figures for the largest commercial contractors list recorded year-over-year gains. read more >


Rank Name 2014 Revenue President/CEO
1 VCC 687,000,000 Alley, Sam
2 Nabholz Construction Corp. 414,284,163 Hannah, Bill
3 CDI Contractors LLC 207,930,000 Garrison, Lloyd
4 Baldwin & Shell Construction Co. 137,055,400 Shell, Bob
5 C.R. Crawford Construction LLC 65,000,000 Crawford, Cody

Executive Q&A

Matt Crafton of Crafton Tull on Why Construction Clients Shouldn't 'Coast' Along

Matt Crafton of Crafton Tull on Why Construction Clients Shouldn't 'Coast' Along

Matt Crafton, 47, is the CEO of Crafton Tull, the civil engineering and landscape architecture firm that his father, Bob, co-founded with Lem Tull in 1963. Crafton Tull is the state's fifth-largest engineering firm, with offices in Arkansas and Oklahoma. read more >

Spotlight: Construction

Widespread Growth Seen in Northwest Arkansas

Widespread Growth Seen in Northwest Arkansas

When Sam Walton opened in 1950 the dime store in Bentonville, to say the area was sparsely populated would be an understatement. Today, these environs have grown so much that they comprise their own metropolitan statistical area. read more >

Foam Home Advocates Tout Energy Efficiency, Strength, Fire Resistance

Foam Home Advocates Tout Energy Efficiency, Strength, Fire Resistance

Foam homes have their believers. Now those believers are doing their best to convince others of the virtues of foam homes. The technique uses the foam — EPS — in combination with a steel frame that advocates say make a home airtight, flame-resistant and termite-free. read more >

New Owners Reviving Batesville's Melba Movie Theater

New Owners Reviving Batesville's Melba Movie Theater

Janelle Shell said the curtain will rise again for the Melba Theater in Batesville. But before the doors open to the historic one-screen theater on the city's Main Street, a long list of repairs has to be made. read more >

Matt Crafton of Crafton Tull on Why Construction Clients Shouldn't 'Coast' Along

Matt Crafton of Crafton Tull on Why Construction Clients Shouldn't 'Coast' Along

Matt Crafton, 47, is the CEO of Crafton Tull, the civil engineering and landscape architecture firm that his father, Bob, co-founded with Lem Tull in 1963. Crafton Tull is the state's fifth-largest engineering firm, with offices in Arkansas and Oklahoma. read more >

Contractors See Construction Business Pick Up in 2014

Contractors See Construction Business Pick Up in 2014

In general, 2014 was a year of increase among the biggest general contractors in Arkansas. Eighteen out of 32 firms that reported updated revenue figures for the largest commercial contractors list recorded year-over-year gains. read more >

Slideshow: Inside Robinson Center's $68 Million Renovation Project

Slideshow: Inside Robinson Center's $68 Million Renovation Project

The Little Rock auditorium is undergoing a $68 million renovation led by the design team of Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock and Ennead Architects of New York. CDI Contractors of Little Rock has partnered with Hunt Construction Group of Dallas as general contractors and construction managers. read more >

Baldwin & Shell Promotes Traylor (Construction Movers & Shakers)

Baldwin & Shell Promotes Traylor (Construction Movers & Shakers)

Dee Anna Traylor has been promoted to project manager in the northwest Arkansas division of Baldwin & Shell Construction Co. of Little Rock. read more >

Safety Directors Keep Eye On Construction Sites

Safety Directors Keep Eye On Construction Sites

Contractors, builders and construction executives say accident prevention keeps costs and accidents down at work sites. Having a safety director on a job site could help prevent worker injuries, said Richard Hedgecock, the executive vice president of the Associated General Contractors Arkansas, the state's largest commercial construction trade association. read more >

Eminent Domain Rights Dusted Off as Pipelines Trace Path Across Arkansas

Eminent Domain Rights Dusted Off as Pipelines Trace Path Across Arkansas

Several energy projects in various phases of completion are in the works across Arkansas, drawing increased attention to the process of eminent domain used to obtain access to land, as well as some of the difficulties companies face in building their projects. read more >

Opinion & Analysis

A Mad, Mad, Mid-Mod World (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

A Mad, Mad, Mid-Mod World (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

“Mad Men” has, however, introduced a whole new generation to the good and the bad of the 1960s. I don't think many young women are interested in going back to the typing-pool days, and I hope “Mad Men” hasn't inspired a new love affair with cigarettes and bourbon-buzzed workplaces. But the “midcentury modern” look in clothing and furniture and home decor is back with a vengeance. read more >

Arkansas' Impending Shortfall (Erick Elder Commentary)

Arkansas' Impending Shortfall (Erick Elder Commentary)

The Arkansas state public pension system has six different plans, the largest two of which represent 90 percent of the active members and more than 85 percent of total pension funds. There are more than 65,000 retired members associated with these two pensions, namely, the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System and the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System. read more >

For Fairness (Editorial)

For Fairness (Editorial)

We support the proposal before the Little Rock Board of Directors that would forbid discrimination against city workers, including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. read more >

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