Tech Park Hears From Firms Competing to Design Phase 2


Tech Park Hears From Firms Competing to Design Phase 2

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board on Wednesday heard from three architectural firms vying to design the second phase of the $100 million, six-phase project.

The finalists are Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects, WER Architects/Planners and Wittenberg Delony & Davidson Architects, all of Little Rock. The board aims to choose a firm by Dec. 21.

WD&D designed the project's first phase, the renovation of buildings at 415 and 417 Main St. into a 38,000-SF anchor facility for the park. The Tech Park, designed to attract and retain startups and established technology companies, is funded in part by a half-cent city sales tax that's expected to generate $22 million.

Plans for Phase Two include the construction of a building on the empty lot between the park's current facility and the KATV building at Main and Fourth streets. The building would include wet/dry laboratories, offices and meeting spaces.

The three firms presented initial sketches of their proposed designs, their experience working on energy-efficient, LEED-certified buildings and challenges they might face.

The Tech Park board plans another meeting next week to discuss the proposals and how to score them. It aims to announce the winner at a later meeting.