Tech park construction start estimate: March 8 | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Tech park construction start estimate: March 8

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2015 at 8:01 PM

click to enlarge Image by WD&D Architects and Gaudreau Inc.
  • Image by WD&D Architects and Gaudreau Inc.

Chad Young, an architect with Wittenberg Deloney and Davidson, presented the firm's preliminary drawings for the first phase of the Little Rock Tech Park construction: renovation of 42,000 square feet in buildings at 415 and 417 Main St. The presentation included a timeline that should a construction start date of March 8.

Richard Mays, owner of 415 Main St., is still studying the tech park board's offer of $1.03 million for his property, but price is not the issue, board member Dickson Flake said tonight. He expects Mays to sign off on the sale by Monday of next week.

Young's drawings show a two-story entry to the conjoined buildings at 417, with open working space and a coffee shop on the first floor to create "buzz" about what is going on in the building. The park will lease to startups at below market rates, entrepreneurs and established businesses for "cross-pollination" of ideas. Mays' building will have a meeting space behind a large glass-front wall, and upper floors of both buildings, which will be connected by doors on every floor, will have a mix of co-working spaces, day lease areas, conference rooms and private offices. The design allows for flexibility, with 46 private offices and 45 co-working spaces included in the preliminary drawings, along with 10 meeting spaces, a day use and event center, a formal meeting room and coffee shop.

Wittenberg collaborated on the design with Gaudreau Architects/Planners of Baltimore, Md.; the firms were selected in May by the board to do the architectural planning for phase 1 of part construction. The Wittenberg firm did the renovation of the Exchange Building at 421 Main St., which the park is also buying, from Stephens. (The building is leased to the Department of Higher Education, and will those leases will provide revenue for the park.) Gaudreau has a large portfolio of designs for medical research and development facilities.

Board member Kevin Zaffaroni called the design "magnificent," and expressed a desire to see an outdoor reception area on the roof of the Mays building. Young said that had been considered but that because of cost left out of the design. However, it could be added back in later, he said.

WD&D's timeline said pricing of the project will be firm by Feb. 23.

In other business, the park decided to reissue a request for qualifications for an auditing firm. Only two firms, Bell & Co, and Craft, Veach and Co., both of North Little Rock, submitted proposals. The park also has redesigned its website and now dubs itself a "21st century factory of ideas." 


click to enlarge Image by WD&D Architects and Gaudreau Inc.
  • Image by WD&D Architects and Gaudreau Inc.

Tags: , , , , ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (12)

Showing 1-12 of 12

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-12 of 12

Add a comment

More by Leslie Newell Peacock

  • Cardiologist gives UA Little Rock $800,000 for student support services

    Dr. Bruce Murphy, president and CEO of the Arkansas Heart Hospital, has donated $800,000 to UA Little Rock's Student Success Initiatives Fund.
    • Apr 25, 2018
  • Grill PULCO candidates on Saturday

    The politically-minded will want to attend a Pulaski County Candidate Forum from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Philander Smith College to hear what candidates facing primary challenges have to say and to submit their own questions to them.
    • Apr 25, 2018
  • Finally, a memorial to the 21 boys who were burned to death at Wrightsville in '59

    It has been 59 years since 21 teen-aged boys incarcerated at the so-called Negro Boys Industrial School were burned to death in their locked dormitory. The Times wrote about the event in 2008, after the brother and mother of one of the boys approached the Times looking for someone to remember the event, and headlined the story "Stirring the Ashes." But on Saturday, a monument to the boys was placed at Haven of Rest Cemetery, where 14 of the boys were buried.
    • Apr 22, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation