River Resource Center|
Jackson Brown Palculict Architects, Inc.
12921 Cantrell Road, #201, Little Rock, AR 72223
Little Rock, Arkansas
Date Bid: June 2013 Construction Period: Aug 2013 to Aug
Total Square Feet: 4,926 Site: 3.5 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 4,926; total, 4,926 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 10’; total, Varies 10’ to 28’.
Basic Construction Type: New/5B.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced
Exterior Walls: Insulated metal wall panel, stone. Roof:
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Engineering Consultants, Inc. - 401 W.
Capitol Avenue, #305, Little Rock, AR 72201
Mechanical Engineer: ISGI Consulting Engineers - 136 Apple
Blossom Loop, Maumelle, AR 72113
Electrical Engineer: Lucas, Merriott & Associates - 2225 W. 7th
Street, Little Rock, AR 72201
Civil Engineer: Garver, LLC - 4701 Northshore Drive, N. Little
Rock, AR 72118
General Contractor: Cline Construction Group - 4311 E. McCain
Boulevard, N. Little Rock, AR 72117
Landscape Architect: Crafton Tull - 10825 Financial Centre
Parkway, #300, Little Rock, AR 72211
The Arkansas River Resource Center was designed to be a symbol of
commerce for the City of Little Rock, Arkansas. The building replaces
the cramped and secluded space that previously housed the Little Rock
Port Authority. It is the welcome center for businesses, municipalities
and international countries interested in doing business in Central
Arkansas. The project was supported by a grant from the Economic
Development Administration and is currently submitting documentation to
achieve a LEED Certification.
Prior to the construction of this project, the Little Rock Port
Authority offices were housed in a small side office to an old fire
station in the industrial part of Southwest Little Rock. The board
meetings were previously housed in the director's office, where the
conference table was not large enough to house guests of the board.
Chairs lined the walls, and meetings were often cramped. This situation
did not reflect all the good work being done to facilitate commerce in
Little Rock. With the completion of the new building, the Port Authority
can now boast an office as impressive as their economic development
The goal of the project was to design a building that was both beautiful
and functional. The inspiration for the overall scheme was taken right
from the river that wraps around the back of the site. The tugboat, a
symbol of economic commerce, is represented in details large and small.
Situated in Southeast Little Rock, along the Arkansas River, the 4,926
square foot building takes advantage of the beautiful views with
cantilevered balconies, panoramic expanses of glass, and high ceilings.
The horizontal lines of the building are a direct reference to the bands
commonly seen on tugboats, which act as connection points for the
construction of the vessel. The window punches, balcony railing, and
even a sloped out wall all connect back to the tugboat motif and give
the building a nautical feel. The interior finishes give the building a
modern and inviting atmosphere, and cool colors, sleek surfaces and
thoughtful lighting were used in the design. Way finding signs around
the industrial harbor were referenced as the inspiration for the
material choices on the exterior of the building. The signs were
comprised of a solid stone base, with a bright silver metal tower and
blue lettering. The design team used stone and insulated metal panels to
anchor the building to its place.
Many environmental design strategies were used throughout the building,
including site placement, ample daylight and views, low VOC materials,
and reduced water and energy consumption. The landscaping around the
site is planted with native species, creating an inviting feel along the
The building showcases the beauty of the Arkansas River, which can be
seen prominently from most of the site. From its perch on the banks, it
stands to greet river traffic flowing through the area. The Arkansas
River Resource Center serves as an example of the importance of trade
and industry to the growth of any city as it works to help bring in more
economic development for Arkansas in the future.
Building Envelope: MBCI
Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: Kawneer
Interior: CertainTeed, Sherwin Williams, Armstrong
Flooring: Mannington, Stonepeak, Green Umbrella
Lighting: Day-Brite Lighting