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The first phase of Pine Bluff’s downtown streetscape project is expected to be completed in  October. The $5 million phase covers renovations on Main Street from Barraque Street to Fourth Avenue, including extended sidewalks for outdoor dining.
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Pine Bluff Gets a Sprucing UpLock Icon

Led by the Saracen Casino Resort, which has a construction value of $215 million, Pine Bluff is seeing growth across the city unlike any in recent years. read more >
Among the artwork on the 44-acre property is “Serenity” by Simon Gudgeon, one of Britain’s foremost contemporary sculptors. Earlier castings took up residence in London’s Hyde Park in 2009 and the sculpture trail of Wyoming’s National Museum of Wildlife Art in 2012.
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Art, Nature Bring Life to Bank OZK HQLock Icon

The checklist of finishing touches has dwindled to artwork at the new Bank OZK headquarters in west Little Rock. The grandest of the yet-to-arrive artisan pieces has reserved placement outside the 248,000-SF office building clad in glass, granite and zinc. read more >
The new Bank OZK headquarters will feature nine conference rooms overlooking its expansive atrium and space awash in natural lighting.
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Bank OZK’s New HQ Built to Recruit, Retain TalentLock Icon

The new Bank OZK headquarters is envisioned as a spectacular calling card to recruit new talent to come and work for the company and an amenity-laden investment to retain staffers. read more >
Tommy Ray Polk (file)
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Tommy Ray Polk, Founder of Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects, Dies at 79

Tommy Ray Polk, founding partner of Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock and mentor to generations of Arkansas architects, died on April 28. He was 79. read more >
Steve Massanelli, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Simmons First National Corp. talks about the new office in downtown Little Rock.
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Simmons Bank Staff Takes Over Acxiom’s Former HQLock Icon

A year after investing $25 million for a piece of downtown Little Rock, Simmons Bank continues to sort through details to make the former Acxiom headquarters its own. read more >
From left, Tommy Bond and Bill Hannah
Construction

Four New Construction Hall of Fame Inductees Named

Associated General Contractors of Arkansas, the American Council of Engineering Companies in Arkansas, the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers announced Thursday the 2018 Arkansas Construction Hall of Fame inductees. read more >
David Sargent, principal and CEO of WER Architects/Planners In Little Rock, expects the health care sector to generate a significant amount of work for Arkansas firms in the year ahead.  “We’re seeing more of these senior living neighborhoods where there’s either duplexes or apartments for 55 and up,” he said.
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Blueprint For 2018? Architecture Firms See Busy YearLock Icon

Spending on construction projects across the country could rise by 4 percent this year over 2017, which is welcome news for Arkansas architects and engineers. read more >
The design of the planned U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith is intended to evoke the image of a marshal’s badge stuck in the ground, inspired by the ending of “High Noon.”
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Design Work Underway for US Marshals Museum in Fort Smith

Design work is underway for the $58.6 million, star-shaped building that will house the new U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith. read more >
The Hillary Rodham Clinton Library and Learning Center in Little Rock.
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Polk Stanley Wilcox Receives National Award for Library Design

Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects' design of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library and Learning Center in Little Rock has been honored in the American Institute of Steel Construction’s annual awards. 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 >
Reese Rowland
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Reese Rowland Named Fellow of American Institute of Architects

Reese Rowland has been named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, awarded to fewer than 4 percent of AIA members. He was one of 46 architects selected in the design category. The fellowship program honors architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and their communities. read more >
Arlington Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom

Arkansas’ Iconic Meeting Venues Getting Facelift

Meeting planners, when doing what they do best, now have — or will soon have — some revamped spaces to consider in Little Rock, Hot Springs and Mena. read more >
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Leveraging the River (Editorial)

Money remains tight in what continues to be a slow economic recovery, but the plans for Robinson presented last week, which feature a stunning glass-walled conference space overlooking the river, use the city’s great asset, the fast-flowing Arkansas, to beautiful effect. read more >
The design of the planned U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith is intended to evoke the image of a marshal’s badge stuck in the ground, inspired by the ending of “High Noon.”
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U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith Fights for Funding

After several bumpy years, the U.S. Marshals Museum project in Fort Smith is starting to gain traction. The $50 million project, to be situated on the banks of the Arkansas River near downtown Fort Smith, was first proposed in 2008. read more >
The grounds of the new CALS Children’s Library simulate the various geographical regions of Arkansas.
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New Children’s Library To Encourage Experiential Learning

The Central Arkansas Library System’s $12 million Children’s Library & Learning Center will open next month on the south side of Interstate 630, and its developers hope it will transform the surrounding neighborhoods of midtown Little Rock. read more >