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Russell Fason Named CEO of WER Architects (Super Mover)

He has been a partner at the firm since 2015 and has more than 20 years of experience in architecture. read more >
Brandon Bibby
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Bibby Earns AIA Grade (Movers & Shakers)

Brandon Bibby has received AIA designation from the state of Arkansas and is now a registered architect. read more >
Rachel Patton of Preserve Arkansas wants higher historic tax credits for eligible projects.  Here, she’s outside one such project, Polk Stanley Wilcox’s building on Spring Street.
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2021 Forecast Murky for Architects, EngineersLock Icon

While Arkansas architects and engineers say they expect continued growth in 2021, others across the country don’t share that outlook. read more >
Counter-clockwise from left: Larry Troillett, Holly Vetsch and Jordan Arrington of WER Architects/Planners in Little Rock with Elizabeth Stinnett of the firm's Rogers office.
Business Services / Construction / Manufacturing

Stinnett Promoted, Three Hired at WER Architects (Movers & Shakers)

Elizabeth Stinnett has been appointed as a new associate at WER Architects/Planners in Fayetteville. Larry Troillett, Holly Vetsch and Jordan Arrington have joined the firm in Little Rock. read more >
A rendering of the planned Premier Medical Plaza, a 45,000-SF facility at the site of the vacant Kmart on Rodney Parham Road in Little Rock.
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Premier Medical Plaza Construction Proceeds Despite Loan HiccupLock Icon

Construction on the $35 million Premier Medical Plaza was halted for about two weeks because the construction loan didn’t close as expected. read more >
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Preliminary Budget for Tech Park’s Phase II is $26M

The not-yet-financed second phase of the Little Rock Technology Park will have a preliminary budget of nearly $26 million, the project's directors announced at a monthly board meeting Wednesday. read more >
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Tech Park Shows Off Phase II; Budget Expected in February

WER Architects/Planners unveils architectural renderings for the second phase of the $100 million, six-phase Little Rock Technology Park, which is designed to attract and retain startups and established tech companies. read more >
Hotel Pines owner Stuart Hee, left, and architect Nate Drinkwine.
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Pine Bluff’s Hotel Pines Undergoing a Transformation

Some people view a derelict hotel and see what has been lost. Others possess a different kind of vision: They see beyond what was lost to what remains and what can be again. Stuart Hee and his partners in the nonprofit Pine Bluff Rising are in the latter camp. read more >
An artist's rendering showing the future look of Sylvan Hills High School.
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Bid Procedures Shed Light on LED PricingLock Icon

Lighting specifications that favored a particular manufacturer added hundreds of thousands of dollars to the cost of the new Sylvan Hills High School and illuminated how much control architects, engineers and lighting wholesalers have over bid specs. 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 >
Brent Birch, executive director of the Little Rock Technology Park: “We are really happy with the progress. It’s been faster than expected, and people are paying their leases.”
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Little Rock Tech Park Making Its Mark On MainLock Icon

A month shy of its first birthday, the Little Rock Technology Park has exceeded expectations for attracting startup-minded entrepreneurs and tech-related ventures. read more >
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Tech Park Hires WER Architects to Design Second Phase

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board chooses WER Architects/Planners of Little Rock to design the second phase of its $100 million, six-phase project. read more >
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Tech Park Hears From Firms Competing to Design Phase 2

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board hears from three architectural firms vying to design the second phase of the $100 million, six-phase project. read more >
Lucas Strack of WER Architects & Planners
Construction

Lucas Strack Joins WER Architects & Planners (Movers & Shakers)

Lucas Strack has been hired as a BIM technician at WER Architects & Planners. read more >
The once-elegant Hotel Pines on Main Street in Pine Bluff is being tested for renovation. The nonprofit Pine Bluff Rising bought the property for one dollar, but has committed $300,000 for pumping out the basement, shoring up columns and fixing the roof to see if the hotel can be saved.
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Zombies Beware: Pine Bluff Is Rising

A growing army of developers and investors are on a mission of revitalization for the city of Pine Bluff. read more >
Drew Short of WER Architects/Planners
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WER Architects Adds Drew Short to Staff (Movers & Shakers)

Drew Short has been hired as an intern architect at WER Architects/Planners in Little Rock. read more >
John Langham
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WER Architects/Planners Opens NWA Office

WER Architects/Planners announces the opening of its northwest Arkansas office at a temporary location, 2241 Green Acres Road in Fayetteville. read more >
Plans could be in the works for a revamp of the property at the northeast corner of Bishop and Third streets in Little Rock.
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Architecture Firms Have Designs on Capitol Project

The idea of a multi-agency building northwest of the Capitol at the northeast corner of Bishop and West Third streets has attracted the attention of state and private interests. read more >
Elizabeth's Restaurant received a $5,000 grant to upgrade windows and the exterior on Main Street in Batesville.
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Batesville Impact Plan Living Up to Its Name

Fresh eyes, strategic planning, youthful energy and cold, hard cash are shaking up Batesville, a college town on the jagged edge of the Ozarks that is burdened with many of the same challenges as the Delta that’s just minutes away. read more >
Renderings by WER Architects/Planners of Little Rock of the new Jacksonville High School.
Construction / Education

Jacksonville Buildings to be Demolished Before $65M High School Construction

New Jacksonville North Pulaski School District will demolish old middle school buildings downtown in July or August. Bid opening for new high school and elementary school planned for next year. read more >