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Big River Pushes Construction Total to $2.2B

The valuation of large commercial projects underway in Arkansas approached $2.2 billion, nearly double the tally from a year ago. The big leap was thanks in no small measure to the $700 million construction contract for the Big River Steel Mill manufacturing facility near Osceola. read more >
The $68.6 million project to renovate Robinson Center Music Hall wil increase the building's size to 138,000 SF from 133,500 SF.
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Stakes are High in $68M Renovation of Robinson Center

Robinson Center is a multipurpose venue. It must accommodate the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Broadway plays, Ballet Arkansas and commencement ceremonies — in addition to conventions and conferences — and each of these has different and sometimes even opposite technical requirements, particularly acoustical requirements. read more >
Education

UCA Trustees Approve 3.86 Percent Increase to Tuition, Fees

The University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees on Friday unanimously approved a 3.86 percent increase for tuition and fees in the next academic year. read more >
Walton Arts Center’s lobby, reoriented to face Dickson Street, above, will be enlarged and the Starr Theater will be expanded. (Artist Renderings provided by Boora Architects)
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Walton Arts Center Renovation Cost Moves Higher

Walton Arts Center officials say the planned renovation and expansion of its theater complex and headquarters on Dickson Street may cost as much as $23 million. read more >
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VCC Climbs to No. 1 with Revenue of $607M

Business among the largest Arkansas general contractors was down as a group during 2013. Nine of the firms on this year’s list of largest commercial contractors recorded revenue gains while 13 reported declines. Three firms reported no change. read more >
Starbucks on Kavanaugh Boulevard in Little Rock is one of the places displaying a flier seeking missing CDI Contractors executive John Glasgow. (Photo by Michael Pirnique)
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John Glasgow to Dillard’s: ‘Call Off the Dogs’

The relationship between the management of CDI Contractors LLC of Little Rock and half-owner Dillard’s Inc. was under tremendous stress in the days before CDI’s chief financial officer disappeared on Jan. 28. read more >
This artist's rendering shows the location of a proposed academic, student support and administrative facility on the Arkansas Tech University campus. The Board of Trustees awarded an $11.6 million construction contract to CDI Contractors in March.
Construction / Education

Arkansas Tech Board Approves $11.6M CDI Bid for New Facility

Arkansas Tech University's Board of Trustees on Thursday awarded an $11.6 million construction contract to CDI Contractors LLC for a four-story, 66,900-SF academic, student support and administrative facility on the Russellville campus. read more >
Inside the current Ronald McDonald House operated by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas (Photo by Daniel Moody)
Construction / Health Care / Nonprofits / Public Companies / Retail

Dillard’s Snubs Local Ronald McDonald House Over Contractor Choice

Dillard’s Inc. apparently was so unhappy that its construction arm wasn’t considered to build the Ronald McDonald House in Little Rock that it withheld a donation to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas. read more >
Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects • Student Services Center

AIA Honor Award: UALR Student Services Center

A new academic center, consolidating campus administration and enrollment services, becomes a landmark gateway to campus. read more >
The $68.6 million project to renovate Robinson Center Music Hall wil increase the building's size to 138,000 SF from 133,500 SF.
Construction / Government & Politics / Nonprofits / Real Estate / Tourism

Robinson Center Upgrade Budgeted at $68.6 Million, On Track for 2016

Details of the proposed renovation and additions to Little Rock's Robinson Center Auditorium were revealed Tuesday at a luncheon hosted at the center. Includes a slideshow of project plans and a video detailing the structure's new design. read more >
The planned 58,000-SF visual arts building at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. The three-story building will be designed by WER Architects of Little Rock. CDI Contractors of Little Rock will be construction manager.
Construction / Education

CDI Contractors to Build $15 Million Visual Arts Center at Fort Smith

The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith said Tuesday CDI Contractors of Little Rock will be construction manager on a $15 million, 58,000-SF visual arts facility scheduled to open in fall 2015. read more >
William Clark, Clark Contractors
Construction / Small Business

William Clark Focused on Blueprint for Business

The CEO of Clark Contractors, the construction business he started in 2009, William Clark has a strong base to build upon. read more >
William Clark, Clark Contractors.
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VCC Gaining on Nabholz on Commercial Contractors List

No. 2 VCC of Little Rock nearly caught up with No. 1 Nabholz Construction Corp. of Conway in 2012. Meanwhile, Clark Contractors more than doubled its revenue in 2012. read more >
Construction / Public Companies

Update: Here’s CDI Contractors’ Revenue for 2012

It looks like 2012 was a good year for CDI Contractors LLC of Little Rock. read more >
Robinson Center Music Hall in Little Rock.
Construction / Tourism

Commission Chooses CDI Construction, Hunt to Renovate Robinson Center

CDI Contractors LLC of Little Rock and Hunt Construction Group Inc. of Phoenix will lead the renovation of Robinson Center Music Hall. read more >
Glasgow enjoyed travel, including family ski trips and visits to Scotland, Ireland and the Galapagos Islands.
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5 Years Later, John Glasgow’s Disappearance Still Unexplained

The last time Jan. 28 fell on a Monday, the chief financial officer of one of the state’s largest construction companies left home early in the morning and vanished. read more >
This Florida mall will be anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue and Dillard’s.
Public Companies / Retail

In Nevada, Florida, Dillard’s Back To Building Stores

The Little Rock retail chain is back in the business of building stores. The last time Dillard’s opened a new store was in early 2010. Back then, its stock price was trading in the neighborhood of $20 a share. Just last week, shares were selling in the high $80s. read more >
Fayetteville’s largest commercial projects includes Sterling Frisco Apartments.

Largest Construction Projects Top $1.3 Billion

The dollar value of large construction projects in Arkansas totaled nearly $1.4 billion, a one-year decline of 4.3 percent. It marks the fourth consecutive year the total has waned. Despite the decline, the census of projects valued at $3 million-plus grew: 130 compared with 104 a year ago. read more >
MODUS STUDIOGreen Forest Middle School • Green Forest

AIA Merit Award: Green Forest Middle School

The Green Forest Middle School is a modern, two-story educational building located in the small agricultural community of Green Forest. The building acts as both a hub and backdrop for students and the inhabitants of the greater community by defining a landscaped plaza in the heart of the campus. read more >
POLK STANLEY WILCOX ARCHITECTSHeifer International Education Center • Little Rock

AIA Finalist: Heifer International Education Center

Heifer’s Education Center, like the headquarters (2006), exemplifies a sustainable mission where “passing on the gift” of animals and education creates “concentric rings of influence” throughout a village, like a pebble hitting water. The four-phase master plan and the center’s layered plan results in an architecture rippling in rings of use and meaning throughout the site. read more >