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Entegrity, UALR, ArcBest Reap Green Building Awards

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It comes as no big surprise that Entegrity’s Little Rock headquarters is being honored as Project of the Year in the Green Tie Awards program presented by the Arkansas chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

After all, the newly renovated 13,000-SF building was recognized just two months ago as only the second building in the world to earn the USGBC’s top energy efficiency rating, a LEED Zero certification. The historic 1959 Darragh Co. building at 1403 E. 6th St., home to the energy efficiency and solar power provider, saves or creates enough power to balance all its energy use.

The renovation’s price tag was about $500,000, company officials said, including a 50-kilowatt rooftop solar array. Entegrity and several other award-winning endeavors including projects by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith, will be honored next month at the 15th Sustainable Arkansas Conference, which will feature the Green Tie Award dinner at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Robinson Center.

“It’s a fun building to work in, and to show visiting friends and family members,” said Adam Ness, Entegrity’s sales and marketing chief. “With this building, we can show clients and prospects that we walk the walk.”

The Windgate Center for Art & Design at UA-Little Rock will receive the Innovative LEED Project award for central Arkansas. The new facility, at 28th Street and East Campus Drive, was designed to achieve a LEED Silver rating.

The northwest Arkansas Innovative LEED Project prize went to ArcBest Corp.’s 203,000-SF company headquarters at 8401 McClure Drive in Fort Smith, another LEED silver building. It was designed by Cromwell Architects Engineers and has achieved a 30% improvement in baseline building performance ratings.

The Cromwell firm was also named USGBC Arkansas’ Organization of the Year.

The residential project of the year is the Uptown Apartments & Shops in Fayetteville, a 308-unit complex with about 17,000 SF of retail space. The LEED and Energy Star-certified project is pedestrian friendly and was designed by Modus Studio of Fayetteville, featuring public art, a green-roof outdoor lounge, co-working space and a community garden.

Clint Whitley of Big Oak Studio, an architectural designer in Little Rock, is recipient of the JR Anderson Volunteer Leadership Award. Jolie Whitley of eStem Schools was named the Kurrus Educator of the Year.

Past award winners include the Robinson Center itself, Heifer International’s Little Rock headquarters, and King Elemlentary School in Van Buren. 

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