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AIA Arkansas Newsletter                         TOP              June 2012
In This Issue
Welcome New Members
Congratulations Newly Licensed Architects
Employement Opportunities
Calendar of Events
Emerging Professionals News
Services Available thru AIA Arkansas
Advocacy & National News
Awards & Recognition
Gulf States Design Awards
Industry News
Gold Ribbon Sponsors
Silver Ribbon Co-Sponsors
Blue Ribbon Partners

Gold Ribbon Sponsors

Acme Brick Company


BancorpSouth Insurance Services, Inc.


Digital Entertainment Systems


Innerplan Office Interiors


Jay S. Stanley & Associates


Nabholz Construction Corporation


Sourthern Reprographics, Inc.


Today's Office Inc.

Silver Ribbon



Arkansas Granite & More


Block USA


Curtis H. Stout, Inc.


Dupont Tyvek«


Glen Jones & Associates


Kinco Constructors, LLC


Long Sales Agency


Workplace Resource

of Little Rock

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Design Connects

A message form the president


Michael LeJong

The theme for the 2012 AIA National Convention & Expo on May 17-19, 2012 in Washington, DC, was 'Design Connects', celebrating the relationship of the built and natural environments and the aspiration of architecture to serve the broader goals of humanity.


On Wednesday night, I participated in the AIA sponsored event 'Take me out to the Ballgame' a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Pittsburg Pirates at the first LEED Silver-certified ballpark. Nationals Park is just south of the Capitol, adjacent to the Navy Yard in the fast-developing Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.  The new park not only redefines modern sports facility architecture but also serves as the catalyst and cornerstone of a new mixed-use green development in our nation's capital. 


Thursday morning began with opening Keynote Presentation by Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCullough and numerous speeches from national office candidates.  Continuing education programs and the vendor expo filled the afternoon.


Friday involved self-guided tours, more CE programs and more of the vast vendor expo.  The Gulf States Region reception concluded the events for Friday.  Marlon Blackwell Architect, Modus Studio, Maurice Jennings + Walter Jennings Architects all of Fayetteville received awards for their recent work.  Marlon Blackwell received Honor Awards for the Ruth Lily Visitors Pavilion for the Art & Nature Park at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Crystal Bridges Museum Store .  Modus Studio received an Honor Citation for the Green Forrest Middle School in Green Forrest, Arkansas and Maurice Jennings + Walter Jennings Architects received an Honor Citation for the Chapel at Rio Roca Ranch along the Brazos River in Texas.   In addition to the awards, Don Brown of Alabama, former Gulf States Regional Director, was elected to office as AIA National Vice President.


AIA Arkansas was not only proudly represented in the Gulf States Region but on a national level as well.  Marlon Blackwell Architect received a 2012 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture for the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion.  The University of Arkansas Community Design Center received a 2012 Honor Award for Regional & Urban Design for Fayetteville 2030:  Transit City Scenario, a complement to Fayetteville's 2030 City Plan.


Saturday morning concluded in true democratic fashion, as accredited delegates assembled to present and debate proposed by-law amendments and resolutions.  Voting is performed by electronic keypads and results are instantaneous ensuring that each chapter is properly represented.  Year-end board reports and the newly elected national board were presented to all the delegates present.  On Saturday afternoon, the awareness of the convention theme 'Design Connects' became even more evident, during a special general session called the "Architects of Healing", the AIA honored the architects involved in post-9/11 memorials and rebuilding efforts at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA.


Prior to the special session, I had a chance to re-visit the Holocaust Museum.  I had been there once before and remembered being enamored by the architecture and impression that the building left on me but during this visit I was able to spend more time studying the exhibits and reflecting on the hatred that took place during this period in history.  As I progressed through the exhibits and as that connection grew stronger, I began to realize how remembrance became part of the journey and how the building's design connected us to the events of that era.  I thought about this experience while AIA Gold Medalist Santiago Calatrava, described the new World Trade Center Transportation Hub during the special session. In describing all of the 9/11 memorial work Calatrava said "The sorrow and destitution perpetuated by a few will be overcome by the work of many, we are marking a turning point, taking the ruins and making something positive."


I'm looking forward to seeing everyone in early September at the AIA Arkansas State Convention in Hot Springs and seeing how continually Design Connects our profession.

Michael Lejong, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
2012 AIA Arkansas Chapter President




Architects & Associates

  • Jo. Bolton, AIA - Architecture Plus, Inc.
    • Transferred in from Tennessee
  • Steven Bosch, AIA - Walmart Stores, Inc.
    • Transferred in from Tennessee
  • Ryan Faust, AIA - Harrison French & Associates, Ltd.
    • Transferred in from Missouri
  • Michael Pope, Assoc. AIA - Nielsen Architecture, LLC
  • Ben Silewicz, AIA - Ruby Architects, Inc.
    • Transferred in from Texas

 Allied Members

                Arkansas Business Publishing Group

                                122 East 2nd Street

                                Little Rock, AR 72201

                                (501) 372-1443

                                Rachel Bradberry

                Blue Ribbon Partner


                Wausau Windows & Wall Systems/Tubelite

                                19926 West 99th Street

                                Lenexa, KS 66220

                                (715) 846-3266

                Blue Ribbon Partner


                Engineering Consultants, Inc.

                                401 West Capitol Ave. Ste. 305

                                Little Rock, AR 72201

                                (501) 376-3752

                                James Brown

                Basic Allied Member


Newly Licensed Architects 

  • Ryan Biles, AIA - 11/9/11
  • Jon Boelkins, AIA - 5/14/12
  • Elizabeth Clarke, AIA - 9/7/11
  • Ryan Faust, AIA - 10/5/11
  • John Frank, AIA - 11/9/11
  • James Harris, AIA - 2/23/12
  • RT Hughen, AIA - 9/7/11
  • Michael McCallum, AIA - 9/19/11
  • Kenneth Roberts, AIA - 8/28/13
  • Christopher Sullivan, AIA - 11/28/11
  • Matthew Swaim, AIA - 9/26/11
  • Kelly Wilson, AIA - 10/17/11




License Renewals & Continuing Education Requirements
License renewals are due by July 31st.  Those submitted after July 31st are subject to penalties.   


DON'T FORGET... all 12 of your hours MUST be HSW hours.

(SD hours count towards your HSW hours) 

Fees for license renewals are as follows:
* Individual: $100
* Certificate of Authorization (Firm): $250
* Emeritus: $20

According to Arkansas State Board of Architects, Landscape Architects and Interior Designers Rules and Regulations, Regulating the Practice of Architecture Section VI.C.2. "All twelve (12) CEHs must be completed in health, safety, and welfare subjects acquired in structured educational activities."

If you haven't had an opportunity to review the new rules & regulations, click here.

You still have time to complete these necessary hours. 


Membership Directory
The 2012-2013 Membership Directories have been printed and will be going out in the mail this week.  We do our best to make sure that all information listed is accurate and up-to-date.  If for some reason we have incorrect information listed for you, please contact the AIA Arkansas office.  We will make any necessary changes and send out and addendum to the membership.


1st Annual NWA Bowling Tournament Scores Big

The scores have been tallied and the scholarships have been counted.  The 1st Annual NWA AIA bowling tournament has raised a record $4,000 in scholarships for next year's class!  This is a record donation amount for the NWA AIA Section.  Thanks to all who participated and especially to VCC USA who was the major sponsor for the event and H.E. Williams who donated prizes.  Here is a list of all who donated scholarship money including all who played as you helped donate money as well!

  • VCC USA - Jack R. McCray
  • LPS - Brian A. Self
  • H.E. Williams - Kelly Hartley and Andy McMahan
  • Crafton and Tull - Daniel Ellis
  • Enloe Enterprise - Vickie Enloe
  • Malmstrom White - Lee Pennington
  • Innerplan
  • Flintco
  • Viridian
  • Acme Brick
  • Long Sales Agency
  • Modus Studio
  • HP engineering
  • Scott and Goble Architects
  • Core Architects
  • PB2
  • David McKee

The winners are: 

1st Place
1st Place goes to pb2 Architecture & Engineering
2nd Place
2nd Place goes to Flintco/VCC USA
3rd Place
3rd Place goes to modus studio


Thank you again for everyone who participated.  We hope to see you all next year! 




Autodesk Services Delivery Manager
The ASDM job role is concentrated in three areas: content creation, sales, and the delivery of the service offering.  Through partnering with our customer base and his/her own industry experience, the ASDM will be responsible for the creation of new service offerings. 


The ideal candidate would have held a position in industry in a Business Development role.  The ASDM must have a bachelor's degree in a related field. While it is not important for the ASDM to be an expert in the Revit products, general proficiency of the Revit products is important.  The ASDM needs to understand how the products in the Autodesk Suites work together. The ASDM must have knowledge of the workflow processes of the industry.


It is important for the ASDM to have project management and problem solving skills.  The ASDM must have the ability to effectively communicate the proposed service offering and the value that is provides to the customer.  The ASDM will be a part of the Service department and is expected to be a team player.  Professional The majority of time will be spent in the Little Rock office, some travel to trade shows, customer sites, and user groups may be required.


For more details on the position click here.

If you are interested in the position, forward your resume to


Commissioning Agent
Viridian is a constantly evolving company that is sometimes looking to hire! We are currently seeking a Commissioning Agent for the Fayetteville or Little Rock office. Find out more information about this position by viewing the detailed Commissioning Agent job description.


Internship Program
We are committed to educate tomorrow's workforce. We have one internship position at each office, Little Rock and Fayetteville, open each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Find out more details regarding our internships by viewing the additional Internship Program Description.





8 - Central Section Golf Tournament, Maumelle Country Club
8 - Second Friday Art Night at studioMAIN
12 - Central Section Lunch & Lecture by Wilsonart Solid Surface
12 - Fort Smith Section Meeting & Program presented by Marvin Windows & Doors
14 - Northwest Section Lunch Program presented by H.E. Williams


10 - Central Section Lunch & Lecture
12 - Northwest Section Lunch Program
31 - Fort Smith Section Meeting & Program presented by Weather Shield


9 - Northwest Section Lunch Program presented by HP Engineering


4 - Fort Smith Section Meeting & Program
12 - Bikitecture Tour, Hot Springs
12 - AIA State Convention Golf Tournament, Hot Springs Country Club
13-15 - AIA State Convention, Hot Springs Convention Center


11 - Northwest Section Lunch Program presented by Acme Brick Company
16 - Fort Smith Section Meeting & Program presented by  Sherwin Williams


Architectural Summit
Come and Receive Your AIA Continuing Education Credits
Five, AIA-approved CES presentations: Curtainwall, Storefront, Window, Glass, and Finish 
When:  Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Where: Studio Main, 1423 South Main, Little Rock
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


  • 10:00 a.m.    Wausau Presentation ~ Curtainwall - Products, Performance and Practicality
  • 11:00 a.m.    Linetec Presentation ~ Introduction to Coatings; Field Performance and the Application Process
  • 12:00 p.m.    Tubelite Presentation with lunch ~ Selecting the Right Architectural Aluminum Product
  • 1:00 p.m.       Viracon Presentation ~ Aesthetics of Glass
  • 2:00 p.m.       Safti First Presentation ~ Code Considerations in Fire Rated Glass

Seating is limited, please RSVP to Chris East, AIA 




Emerging Professionals Symposium

Mark your calendars for the first ever AIA Gulf States Emerging Professionals Symposium. This will be a great opportunity to meet other emerging professionals from our surrounding states, as well as attend ARE seminars.


The event content is primarily directed at associates, but all are welcome to attend. We expect a good turnout, and we hope to see you there!


It's not too late to register. For more information & registration, click here.



The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has launched the final phase of the Intern Development Program (IDP) 2.0, culminating a three-year, phased rollout of the most significant update to the program in more than 30 years. IDP 2.0 includes simplified experience settings, new experience categories and areas, and an enhanced online reporting system. Please read the News Clip for more information. 





Contract Documents

AIA Arkansas is your local Full Service Distributor for AIA Contract Documents. If you are in need of paper documents, our office now carries the most commonly purchased documents. Give us a call for your next order. (501) 661-1111


Contract Documents LogoThere are now 86 contracts and forms on Documents-on-Demand. This easy-to-use and cost-effective web-based solution giving members access to the most popular AIA Contract Documents that they can download one-at-a-time.



A legal information service offered by Charles F. Heuer, FAIA, Esq. is aimed at small firms to help members negotiate and interpret contracts, determine whether they need to hire a lawyer, resolve or mitigate disputes, and help them manage risks and prevent lawsuits. AIA Component subscriptions are available to offer as a local member benefit and a 6-month free subscription is offered to first-time members. LegaLine is suspending their Trust-sponsored CES seminars for components on risk management topics due to lack of resulting sales.


AIA to Launch Sustainable Project Documents

AIA Contract Documents will release a series of sustainable projects documents at the AIA 2012 National Convention that can help customers navigate the unique issues related to sustainable design projects. AIA Contract Documents also has a comprehensive offering of contracts for the small project practitioner.  Make sure your members and contract document customers know about these exciting products and resources.





Research Resource Center Now Online
Now there is one location members and components can go to for economic data and architectural research.  The Research Resource Center can be found under the Practicing Architecture tab of   This new portal has links to member grant and research opportunities, the ABI and Home Design Trends Survey reports, as well as professional practice research and much, much more.


Free ADA Webinar Series Continues
The last in a three part webinar series sponsored by the Universal Design member-created community on AIA KnowledgeNet will address residential and commercial applications through a series of case studies.

Excellence in Universal Design Case Studies (free)
Jun 13, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


"Why Congress Should Listen to Architects"

This piece touches on two high-profile stories that have been picked up by national media, and it takes on both political parties for pushing proposals that could harm the profession. One is the controversy over how to pay for extending the low-interest rate program on student loans, a program that is currently set to expire in July. Democrats want to increase taxes on companies who file as Subchapter S Corporations, as many of our members do. The AIA is against this proposal. The other story covers an effort by House Republicans to cut spending on energy conservation measures for federal buildings. Again, the AIA's position is that this is short-sighted and we are lobbying hard against this proposal. To view this month's op-ed check out "Why Congress Should Listen to Architects".


Undertaking A "Fiduciary Duty":
Crucial Legal & Professional Considerations For Architects
Michael M. Edwards, Esq., BYRON & EDWARDS, APC, Spring 2012

The litigation world for design professionals is exceedingly complex. While there is no surprise about lawsuits founded upon professional malpractice, or the breach of a professional services agreement against design professionals, concerns may arise when a design professional is also sued for the breach of a fiduciary duty. A "fiduciary duty" is the highest duty of trust and confidence recognized by law. A plaintiff suing on this theory derives substantial advantage, both psychological and tactical.  Any hint of conflict of interest or fraudulent behavior makes the breach of fiduciary duty claim very dangerous. The more skilled or specialized the design professional is and the more extensive one's duties are, the greater the prospect of a fiduciary duty finding. The architect deemed a "fiduciary" probably failed to protect him or herself from contractual overreaching. This paper outlines litigation and insurance coverage issues, as well as key strategies to enable members to avoid the "fiduciary" label, especially at the contracting stage.

To read further and access the white papers, click here.




2012 AIA Center for Emerging Professionals Annual Exhibition
Congratulations to Tim Maddox, AIA of deMx Architecture in Fayetteville on your project, RomWoods Residence, being selected and displayed at AIA National headquarters in Washington, DC at the annual exhibition from February 24th through March 31st, 2012.  The exhibition was on display during the AIA Grassroots 2012 Leadership and Legislative Conference.  To see his project and the other selected for display click here.


2012 AIA Honor Awards for Regional & Urban Design

The Institute Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design recognize distinguished achievements that involve the expanding role of the architect in urban design, regional and city planning, and community development. The awards identify projects and programs that contribute to the quality of these environments.  This year the University of Arkansas Community Design Center was awarded for their project "Fayetteville 2030: Transit City Scenario." 

To view this and the 8 other projects awarded in this category, click here.


2012 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture

The Institute Honor Awards program recognizes achievements for a broad range of architectural activity to elevate the general quality of architecture practice, establish a standard of excellence against which all architects can measure performance, and inform the public of the breadth and value of architecture practice.  This year Marlon Blackwell, FAIA received an Honor Award for the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion. 

Jury Comments
This pavilion is artfully cast in the shadows of the adjacent trees, its transparency is enhanced by its latticed canopy which filters light thru its entirety and the floor to ceiling glazing hides no secrets.

Its low posture and horizontal form enhances the encompassing flora and is quite elegant in its lightness while reaching out and inviting nature in.

Read about Blackwell's experience and "The Value of an Institute Honor Award."
To view this and the 8 other projects awarded in this category, click here.

The 2013 Call for Entries is now open.  If you are interested in submitting a project, click here for more details.


Featured Project

For more than 150 years, AIA-member architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. The American Institute of Architects website features projects that meet these standards.  Currently, Heifer International in Little Rock, a project of Reese Rowland & Polk Stanley Wilcox is recognized by the American Institute of Architects as a featured project


Maddox Honored With Design Award

Accolades given to residential, restaurant and lighting design projects

Thirty-one designs for residences and pavilions, culinary, municipal and commercial spaces, and structures dedicated to culture, education and religion all vied for recognition in this year's Fay Jones Alumni Design Awards competition.  Entries came from Fay Jones School of Architecture alumni practicing in cities around the state, as well as in California, Oregon, Tennessee, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Texas, New York, Florida and Washington, D.C. After careful review, the three-member jury chose five projects for accolades - resulting in three Merit Awards and two Honorable Mentions.

The alumni design awards were announced and presented April 20 during the school's annual Honors Recognition reception and ceremony at the Arkansas Union on the University of Arkansas campus.
Among the winners was AIA Arkansas member, Tim Maddox, AIA, principal at deMx Architecture in Fayetteville. 

Maddox won a Merit Award for Vetro 1925 in Fayetteville.   Maddox, who graduated in 2002 from the university with a Bachelor of Architecture, is a principal at deMx architecture in Fayetteville.

"The design of the dining room for restaurant Vetro 1925 is appropriately thoughtful and discrete," jury members said. "But it is the design of the bar at the front and the restaurant's street face that are the project's most apparent strengths. Bright, colored light illuminates the street and the setting, contemporary but a bit reminiscent of Brassa´'s photos of Paris. The result is an urbane architecture that is sufficiently powerful in its impact to make the city, in that setting, seem just a bit bigger than it really is."

Other Merit Award winners included John W. Allegretti for Laketown Residence in Saugatuck, MI and Richard Renfro for The Morgan Library & Museum - McKim Building Restoration in New York City.

Honorable Mention awards went to Patrick E. Hoy for Hoy + Stark Architects Studio Office in Tallahassee, FL and Robert Kerr for HUeC (Hudson Unenclosed Cabana and Landscape) in Los Angeles. Kerr, who graduated in 1992 from the university with a Bachelor of Architecture, is a principal at Robert

Jury comprised of faculty members of the architecture school: Jennifer D. Webb, associate professor of interior design; Phoebe McCormick Lickwar, assistant professor of landscape architecture; and David Buege, professor of architecture and Fay Jones Visiting Chair.

View all entries by clicking here
Excerpt from UofA News 





Architects from the Gulf States Region of the American Institute of Architects set records in both number of entries and number of awards in the 2012 Honor Awards program.  "Extraordinary," brilliant," "elegant" and "sustainable" were included in the jury comments when discussing the merits of these design projects.  This Honors program identifies built works of distinction, and twenty projects were recognized as exemplary design solutions. 


An accomplished group of design professionals from the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of North Carolina juried the projects.  Belinda Stewart, AIA, of Eupora, MS acted as Program Chair.  The jury members were Frank Harmon, FAIA (Frank Harmon Architect, PA), Ellen Weinstein, AIA (Weinstein-Friedlein Architects, PA), Anna Wu, FAIA (UNC-CH University Architect), Kenneth Luker, AIA (senior designer at FREELON), Eddie Belk, FAIA (Belk Architecture), and Kevin Montgomery, FAIA (Director of Architecture at O'Brien/Atkins Associates).

Two Honor Awards and two Honor Citations were given to AIA Arkansas members.  The awards were presented at the AIA Gulf States Region reception in Washington, DC, in conjunction with the AIA National Convention.

Ruth Lily Visitors Pavilion / Marlon Blackwell Architect (Fayetteville)
A new construction project, the Visitors Pavilion provides an evocative place to rest and reflect upon one's experience of the 100 Acres Art and Nature Park.

JURY COMMENTS: This project complements nature. Its cross section is thoughtfully considered with a roof that hovers above the rooms as delicately as a leaf. Alternately transparent and closed, it sits comfortably on a sensitive site with great lightness. Sunlight filters through the roof and the building is poised above an environmentally sensitive wetland. The boardwalk path through the woods is as carefully considered as the building itself. Indeed, the path seems to fold up and wrap around the program spaces of the interpretative center. We admired the steel exoskeleton lined with a wood screen that shapes the visitor's experience of nature. Extraordinary.


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Museum Store / Marlon Blackwell Architect (Fayetteville)
In this interiors project, the museum store provides a retail destination for art patrons that acts as an extension of the Crystal Bridges Museum experience.

JURY COMMENTS: This gift shop in a new museum is embraced by a bold, curved ceiling made of cherry plywood. Underneath this cloud of wood are disposed display areas that are quiet and do not compete with the merchandise. Filled with light and subtly colored tones of wood, this space is both inspiring and reverential. The suspended light fixtures are a touch of brilliance.
Additional Honor Awards presented to:

  • Visible Music College / archimania (Memphis)
  • LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building / HMS Architects (New Orleans) and STBP Architects/Tipton Associates (Baton Rouge)
  • Whitehaven Driver Services Center / LRK Inc. (Memphis)



Green Forest Middle School / modus studio (Fayetteville)
This is a modern, 2-story educational building located in a small agricultural community.  Powerful architectural elements define entry, inspire movement through the building, and contain key educational components in a fun, practical and sustainable way.


JURY COMMENTS:  Admirable for its strong campus connections, this middle school speaks to its students with a directness they can understand: a delightful mix of people, space and color. It is cleanly built, not condescending or sentimental, with interiors remarkable for a richness that has been achieved with economy and grace. It raises the quality of the learning environment. A very accomplished building built with a limited budget that is fun, practical and sustainable.


Chapel at Rio Roca Ranch / Maurice Jennings + Walter Jennings Architects, PLLC (Fayetteville)
The Rio Roca Chapel is located along the Brazos River in Texas. The 1080 square foot chapel seats approximately 50 people for private services, performances, and weddings.  It is situated on a bluff edge where the plateau suddenly drops overlooking the river.


JURY COMMENTS:  The jurors admired the respect this chapel building demonstrates for its site, embracing vistas of a magnificent river valley. "Sitting in the chapel, you feel as if you're resting on the side of a mountain," one juror said. Clearly a modern building, the chapel also evokes a spiritual ambiance reminiscent of gothic architecture. It builds on and extends the vocabulary of Fay Jones and Frank Lloyd Wright, blending nature, art, and craft.  Well done.


Additional Honor Citations presented to:

  • Lamar Advertising Corporate Headquarters / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple (New Orleans)
  • Hertz Center, Tulane University / Gould Evans Associates / Lee Ledbetter & Associates (New 
  • Mercedes of Memphis: Service Drive Lane Addition / archimania (Memphis)
  • St. Bernard Parish Fire Station #6 / Chase Marshall Architects (Lafayette & New Orleans) 
  • Shelton Group / Sanders Pace Architecture, LLC (Knoxville)
  • The Memphis Chapter of the Recording Academy / archimania (Memphis)
  • Acadiana Center for the Arts, Phase II Expansion / Architects Southwest and Eskew+Dumez+Ripple ( New Orleans)



  • New Norris House / University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design (Knoxville)
  • Tabor Orthopedics / archimania (Memphis)
  • 930 Poydras Residential Tower / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple (New Orleans)
  • Southgate Condominium / BAUER ASKEW Architecture (Nashville)
  • Lewis - Markell Residence / John Harrison Jones, AIA (Memphis)
  • Barrier Island House / Sanders Pace Architecture, LLC (Knoxville)




Arkansas State Capitol Featured as Lighting Case Study
Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin said the State Capitol appears as a case study for a popular lighting company this spring.

Architectural lighting manufacturer The Lighting Quotient features the Capitol in its Case Studies Volume 3.  The manufacturer selected the Capitol as one of its featured projects, based on work performed in 2008-09, during Charlie Daniels administration, Martin said. Charlie contracted with Clements & Associates Architecture here in Little Rock, and our Mechanical & Electrical division did the engineering.  Martin said the Capitols inclusion in Case Studies Volume 3 is a testament to the projects vision as well as the manufacturers products.

Seeing the Capitol lighted at night is fascinating, he said. The new exterior lights make it look even grander and more imposing, and I encourage people to view the building at night to see how beautiful it really is. 

Martin said with powerful and efficient lighting installed outside, his administrations focus has been on improving the Capitols interior lights.  We've continued improving efficiency, he said. We installed motion sensors in public areas to keep lights off when they're not needed. That cut the lighting meter by 12 percent in January of this year, compared to last January.

Besides lighting efficiency, Martin said the office has restored stonework and Monday began work to restore the Capitols smaller domes over the House and Senate chambers.  Work will continue, he said. The State Capitol is one of the state's most beautiful buildings, and we want to make sure that it is both historically preserved, and energy efficient.


Public Art Unveiling on UA Campus

The Department of Art at the University of Arkansas is pleased to announce the installation of 18 Verticals, 70 Horizontals, a new public artwork by sculpture students Adam Crosson and Robert Lemming. Adam is a graduate of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and is currently pursuing post baccalaureate studies in sculpture. Robert graduated with his BA in Sculpture from the University of Arkansas in December 2011 and recently held his first solo exhibition at sUgAR (University of Arkansas Student Gallery) in Bentonville.

18 Verticals, 70 Horizontals is a student-led outdoor work composed primarily of cedar and poplar, which has been shaped using cold bending and bent lamination techniques. The 8' tall piece, formed in the general shape of a coil, illuminated from the interior, and scaled so that viewers may enter the work, will be situated for the next five years on the south lawn of the Fine Arts Building. The design evolved from a site-specific collaborative project assignment introduced last year to students enrolled in ARTS 3213 Sculpture II: Construction Methods and Mixed Media and ARTS 4213: Mixed Media and Spatial Context, courses instructed by Assistant Professor Bethany Springer. Spatial experience, patterns of pedestrian movement on campus, and a balance of handcrafted and automated form all ultimately contributed to the design. Site preparations are currently underway and the installation will continue until the first week of May.

This collaborative initiative was made possible through the generous support of the Associated Student Government, the Contemporary Sculpture Society, NWA Steel, and through instrumental expertise and effort provided by University of Arkansas Facilities Management staff including Mike Johnson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities, Jerry Ramey (Carpentry Shop), Alex Ford III and Gary Williams (Paint Shop), Randall Ramey and Rodney Hughes (Electrical Shop), Robert Caudle and Matthew Stafford (Grounds Shop), and Kelley Sharp and Warren Pingel (Construction Services). Guidance and support was also generously provided by Tim LaTourette and Rachel Smith in the Fay Jones School of Architecture, Jeannie Hulen and Bethany Springer in the Department of Art, and the Landscape and Grounds Committee. A special thanks goes to Jill Anthes, Campus Planner, for her resolute leadership, organization, and energy in procuring resources for the project.
*Article courtesy of UA, Department of Art

Bridging Institute of America

A group of 16 architects, engineers, planners and program managers from around the country have recently formed the non-profit Bridging Institute of America for the purpose of having available to fellow architects, engineers and other professionals a dependable source of information about the Bridging method of construction project delivery.  Go to:  Among other information on the website is information about the Founders of the BIA.

Those who have worked for a number of years to develop the method point out that Bridging has significant advantages for Owners, it's original objective, but also for the overall architectural profession.  While the major objective of the Bridging method is to reduce the Owner's risks and costs in a construction program while delivering a fully equivalent or better facility product - - - which it does very effectively - - - there are also major business benefits for the architectural profession.  Those include the fact that there will be an increase in the number of people-hours that the architectural profession as a whole provides and is compensated for by around 10% to 15% when Bridging is employed, that the design firm involved should be able to experience a better profit margin, and that the design firm's exposure to professional liability claims is dramatically reduced.


Some Changes to Expect in the 2012 editions of IBC,  IRC and IFC
IBC-2012- Nonstructural
* All definitions are included in Chapter 2.

* Classifications for a variety of health-care related facilities have been clarified.
* Covered- and open-mall provisions revised to fully address the construction of open malls.
* Clarified provisions for incidental-use rooms and spaces.
* Modified provisions addressing exterior wall projections.
* Reformatted requirements for protection of vertical openings through floors.
* Automatic sprinkler systems required where furniture and mattresses are manufactured or stored.
* Increased capacity for stairways and other egress components in buildings with sprinklers and an emergency communication system.
* Clarification of when unenclosed stairways can be used as a part of the means of egress system, including how travel distance is measured.
* In three- and four-exit buildings, some exits are now permitted to serve a portion of a story rather than an entire story.

IRC 2012

* New Seismic Design Categories maps.
* Wind design including new maps.
* Exterior wall clearances to lot lines.
* Wireless smoke alarms.
* Prescriptive roof connections to resist wind uplift forces.
* Required clearance between townhouse separation walls and roof penetrations.
* Prescriptive requirements for isolated masonry pier foundations.
* Gypsum board under non fire-resistance rated floor assemblies.
* Wall bracing provisions including a new simplified method.
* Prescriptive design of whole-house ventilation systems.
* Gray water recycling systems

IFC 2012

* Complete reformatting into eight different parts that correlate to a specific area of regulation.

* New requirement for: photovoltalic solar cells on roofs; mass notification fire alarm systems in large stadiums; portable fire extinguishers in Group A, B, and E occupancies; sub-atmospheric gas systems; and automated LP-Gas cylinder exchange cabinets.
* Revised definitions for health, day and ambulatory care occupancies.
* Clarified automatic sprinkler protection requirements for upholstered furniture.
* Revised requirements for specific dry cleaning plants.


The Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas Announces

The Historic Preservation Alliance

The 2012 list of Arkansas's Most Endangered Historic Places

  • Arkansas's Historic County Courthouses 
  • Bigelow Rosenwald School 
  • Coker Hotel 
  • Holloway House 
  • Holman School 
  • Medical Arts Building 
  • Monte Ne & Oklahoma Row Hotel Stie 
  • New Hope School 
  • Palace Theatre 
  • V.C. Kays House  


Call for members - ASHRAE  189.1

ASHRAE is seeking new members to comment on the upcoming code change to Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. Please read the description below and if you are interested, please contact Stephanie Spear, Manager Codes Advocacy, at 202-626-7449 or

EXPERTISE NEEDED: This call for members is directed towards individuals who have expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Site Sustainability: Site development, stormwater management, mitigation of heat island effect, light pollution reduction, and environmentally sensitive lands including, flood plains, wetlands, conservation areas, native plants and biodiversity.
  • Builders/Contractors: Construction project management, project estimation, sustainable site development management, design-build process, health/safety/energy codes compliance, green building program compliance, product evaluation and selection, and the integration of building, plumbing and mechanical systems
  • Acoustics and Noise Control: Acoustics, sound isolation, and building systems noise and vibration control, particularly appropriate criteria for such.  Familiarity with the activities of organizations such as INCE, ASA, and NCAC, ASTM standards for sound isolation measurement (e.g., E90, E336, E492, E1007, E966), ANSI S12.60 on Classroom Acoustics, and the Facilities Guideline Institute criteria for healthcare facilities.
  • Facilities Management/O&M: Plans for operation (see section 10 of Standard 189.1), covering a broad range of building operation aspects including commissioning, measurement of building performance, and the preparation of specific plans for operating a building. Expertise in the sustainable management of building facilities including preventative maintenance, service life planning, performance measurement and tracking, and how these operational elements are integrated into the building design and construction process.
  • Nexus of water and energy use: The link between these two critical resources given that the production of energy requires large volumes of water while the treatment and distribution of water is dependent upon readily available, low-cost energy.
  • Materials and Resources: Building material choices as they impact pollution, habitat destruction, and natural resource depletion, including sustainable product evaluation and selection, preferably from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

Members are typically expected to make the following time commitments:

  • (2) face-to-face meetings at the Winter and Annual ASHRAE meetings, lasting about 1.5 days each, including working group and full committee meetings
  • (1) three hour full committee webinar each month
  • (1) two hour working conference call each month for each of the 2-3 working groups on which each member serves
  • Roughly 8+ hours per month to research concepts, prepare proposed revisions to the standard, review other proposals, develop and review responses to public review commenters, etc.





Acme Brick Companyacme

10921 Maumelle Blvd., North Little Rock. AR 72113

(501) 812-5574

Mike Anderson, Bryce Switzer, Paul Fleming


BancorpSouth Insurance ServicesBancorpSouth

P.O. Box 251510, Little Rock. AR 72225

(501) 664-7705

Ken Estes, Alfred Williams, Trey Scallion


Digital Entertainment SystemsDES

2349 W. Hudson Rd, Rogers. AR 72756

(479) 621-8889

Shaun Carver, Josh Rothman, Courtney Knieff


Innerplan Office InteriorsInnerplan

7001 Innerplan Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72113

(501) 371-0300

Chris Cerrato, Roger McMennamy


Jay S Stanley & AssociatesJayStanley

5313 McClanahan Dr., Ste G5, North Little Rock, AR 72116

(501) 758-8029

Jay Stanley, Scott Stanley, Logan Campbell


Nabholz Construction CorporationNabholz

612 Garland St., Conway, AR 72032

(501) 505-5800

Jake Nabholz, Clay Gordon, Brad Hegeman


Southern Reprographics Inc.SRi

P.O. Box 1878, Little Rock, AR 72203

(501) 372-4011

Phillip McColey, Pam Brawley, Farris Lance


Today's Office Inc.TodaysOffice

717 West 7th Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

(501) 375-5050

Rhonda Bradley, Keeley Claude, Missy Holley





Arkansas Granite & More

18525 Interstate 30, Benton, AR 72103 

(501) 315-4500

Scott McElroy, Glen McElroy


Block USA

9712 Mann Rd., Mabelvale, AR 72103

(501) 804-2957

John Cook


CR Crawford Construction

5274 N Crossover Rd.

(479) 251-1161

Richard Johnson, Scott Stokenburry


Glen Jones & Associates

107 Cherrybark Lane, Vicksburg, MS 39180

(601) 634-0877

Glen Jones, Alex Prince


 Kinco Constructors

12600 Lawson Road, Little Rock, AR 72210

(501) 225-7606

Art Kinnaman, Andrew Mincks


Curtis H. Stout, Inc.

2400 N. Cantrell Road #100, Little Rock, AR 72202

(501) 374-6694

Andy McMahan, Melissa Stickford


DuPont Tyvek

171 Mountain Valley Dr., Maumelle, AR 72113

(501) 804-7889

Mark Edds


Long Sales Agency

914 Barber, Little Rock, AR 72202

(501) 374-3088

Randall Long, James Long


Workplace Resource of Little Rock

409 East 3rd Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

(501) 244-9696

Randy King, Jenny Harper




Construction Co.

P.O. Box 25414

Little Rock, AR 72221

(501) 225-6699

Bob Butler





PO Box 22266

Little Rock, AR 72221

(501) 666-8600

Tom Garner



Antique Brick & Block

1609 E. 9th Street

Little Rock, AR 72202

(501) 375-0060

Jason Garner



Architectural Concepts

6009 Dalton Farmer Drive

Jonesboro, AR 72404

(870) 972-8668

RJ Kibler



Architectural Solutions

2341 East 8th Street

North Little Rock, AR 72114

(501) 945-5522

Scott Cooper



Archway Graphic Designs

1202 Business Park Dr.

Little Rock, AR 72204

(501) 224-0227

Teresa A. Baker



Arkansas Business

Publishing Group

122 East Second

Little Rock, AR 72201

(501) 372-1443

Rachel Bradberry



Ash Grove Packaging

10816 Executive Center Drive

Little Rock, AR 72211

(501) 224-3372

David May




PO Box 16235

Little Rock, AR 72231

(501) 372-2373

Jeff Jenkins



Baldwin & Shell Construction Company

PO Box 1750

Little Rock, AR 72203

(501) 374-8677

Douglas Henson



Beshears Construction

PO Box 6299

Fort Smith, AR 72906

(479) 646-0846

Kelly Same



CDI Contractors

3000 Cantrell Road

Little Rock, AR 72202

(501) 666-4300

Lacey Hines



CertainTeed Corporation

105 B Dodson Terrace

Hot Springs, AR 71913

(501) 276-3509

John Johnson



Coreslab Structures

(ARK) Inc.

1370 Sturgis Road

Conway, AR 72034

(501) 329-3763

Greg Poirier



CPI Daylighting Inc.

28662 North Ballard Drive

Lake Forest, IL 60045

(847) 816-1060

Yossi Vinograd



Curtis Stout A/V

2400 Cantrell Rd.

Little Rock, AR 72202

(501) 255-1149

David Crook



DFI Architectural Signs Inc.

219 West 7th

North Little Rock, AR 72114

(501) 372-8881

Jane Johnson



Duro-Last Roofing, Inc

2800 Willow Springs Road

Little Rock, AR 72206

(618) 407-7330

Darrin Boatman



Enloe Enterprise LLC

4928 Holly Street

Kansas City, MO 64112

(816) 561-9229

Vickie Enloe



Featured Systems

5 Clare Circle

Bella Vista, AR 72714

(479) 855-6422

Ed Chitty




184 East Fantinel Blvd.

Springdale, AR 72762

(479) 750-4565

Brent Farmer



Georgia-Pacific Gypsum

PO Box 105605

Atlanta, GA 30348

(800) 225-6119

Ron Blanchard



H.E. Williams, Inc.

831 West Fairview Avenue

Carthage, MO 64836

(417) 358-4065

Kelly Hartly



Harrison Energy Partners

1501 Westpark Drive, Ste 9

Little Rock, AR 72204

(501) 661-0621

Cortney Herbst




Architectural Products

3411 Summer Ave

Memphis, TN 38122

(901) 452-8462

Bruce Hillyer



HP Engineering

4476 Waterside Ct. Ste 207

Fayetteville, AR 72703

(479) 925-0507

Mark Cloud



HSA Engineering

Consulting Services

5701 Euper Lane, Suite A

Fort Smith, AR 72903

(479) 452-8922

Trey White




Interiors, Inc.

1023 West 3rd Street

Little Rock, AR 72201

(501) 312-2700

Chris Hubble



Inside Effects LLC

PO Box 31179

Little Rock, AR 72260

(501) 954-8866

Deb Sefcik



J.D. Day & Company

6701 W 64th, Suite 221

Overland Park, KS 66202

(913) 722-3213

Jim Day



J+J / Invision

PO Box 1287

Dalton, GA 30722

(501) 607-0947

Tom Martin



Johnson Equipment

4674 Olin Road

Dallas, TX 75244

(972) 661-9822

Mike Guernica



Kalwall - Glass Erectors

PO Box 30005

Little Rock, AR 72260

(501) 455-1324

Gary Smith



Lighting & Power

Solutions, Inc.

217 N. Chester

Little Rock, AR 72201

(501) 374-2155

Mike Alberson



Lunday & Associates

717 E Center Street

Sheridan, AR 72150

(870) 942-1463

Wade Lunday



Marvin Windows and Doors

P O Box 100

Warroud, MN 56763

(218) 386-1430

J.E. VanNatta



McClelland Consulting Engineers, Inc.

PO Box 34087 / 900 West Markham

Little Rock, AR 72203

(501) 371-0272

Dan Beranek



McGraw-Hill Construction-Dodge Division

5107 Kaplon Road

North Little Rock, AR 72118

(501) 851-1438

Connie Schroepfer



MDC Wallcoverings

1200 Arthur Avenue

Elk Grove Village, IL 60610

(847) 437-4000

Nikki Stelloh



Milestone Construction Company

2002 South 48th Street

Springdale, AR 72762

(479) 751-3560

Kelli Gemmell



Minick Materials

326 N Council

Oklahoma City, OK 73127

(405) 343-7879

Mike Mayzak



Missco Contract Sales

PO Box 321400

Florwood, MS 39232

(601) 987-8600

Mack Skeen



Musco Sports Lighting

100 1st Avenue W

Oskaloosa, IA 52577

(641) 673-0411

Jeremy Lemons



Natural Building

Solutions, Inc.

3244 N. College Avenue

Fayetteville, AR 72703

(479) 527-0500

Samuel Muffoletto



Online Technologies, Inc.

10307 Maumelle Blvd.

North Little Rock, AR 72113

(501) 224-3906

Phil Dively



Otis Elevator Company

1527 Bowman Rd., Ste. A

Little Rock, AR 72211

(501) 312-7600

Richard Carlton



Performance Surfaces

200 Richwoods Drive

Bryant, AR 72022

(501) 681-9438

Bryan Sanders



Pittsburgh Paints

1074 W Markham

Conway, AR 72032

(501) 327-7955

Brent Ernst



Porter Lighting & Controls

6001 Murray Street

Little Rock, AR 72209

(501) 570-8170

Megan Gardisser



Reynolds Construction Company, Inc.

104 Timber Lane

Pine Bluff, AR 71602

(870) 247-5753

Rick Cooper



Schindler Elevator Corporation

400 Hardin Drive, Ste 170

Little Rock, AR 72211

(501) 375-0930

Steve Vance



School & Office Products

of Arkansas

P.O. Box 26015

Little Rock, AR 0

(501) 521-4424

Terry Greene



Sherwin-Williams Company

15484 College Blvd.

Lenexa, KS 66219

(913) 381-8633

Brook Nienstedt




1000 E. Rochelle Blvd

Irving, TX 75062

(469) 995-2200

David Bell



Sport Court

700 Minton Road

Benton, AR 72019

(501) 316-2255

Patti LaFleur



Sports Floors Incorporated

6651 Reese Rd

Memphis, TN 38133

(901) 359-2000

Bruce Gleneck



Tandus Flooring

5906 Wall Street

Benton, AR 72019

(501) 607-2044

Christie Hood



Terracon Consultants

25809 I-30

Bryant, AR 72022

(501) 847-9292

Shaun Baker




P.O. Box 555

Little Rock, AR 72203

(501) 376-0017

Essa Alley



Wausau Windows & Wall Systems/Tubelite

19926 West 99th Street

Lenexa, KS 66220

(715) 846-3266

Steve Seeling



Wilsonart International

8120 Scott Hamilton, Ste. A

Little Rock, AR 72209

(501) 256-9022

Amber Burley





AIAAR Red Grey

1020 W 4th Street, Suite 400

Little Rock, AR 72201

(501) 661-1111 Phone

(501) 372-4505 Fax