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  Arkansas River Resource CenterArkansas River Resource Center


Jackson Brown Palculict Architects, Inc.
12921 Cantrell Road, #201, Little Rock, AR 72223

General Description

Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Date Bid: June 2013 Construction Period: Aug 2013 to Aug 2014
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 concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Insulated metal wall panel, stone. Roof: Metal, membrane.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall.

Project Team

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 power.

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 project approach.

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.

Product Information
Building Envelope: MBCI
Roofing: MBCI
Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: Kawneer
Interior: CertainTeed, Sherwin Williams, Armstrong
Flooring: Mannington, Stonepeak, Green Umbrella
Lighting: Day-Brite Lighting


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