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CALS Children’s Library in Little Rock, Arkansas by Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Article source: Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects

Referred to as a “community-embedded, supportive learning center,” this library offers not only books, but also a performance space, a teaching kitchen, a greenhouse and vegetable garden, and an arboretum.

The Director of the Library System’s challenge was to create a playground without equipment, where nature and imagination combine to create grand adventures on a six acre natural site in the heart of the capital city.

Image Courtesy © Tim Hursley

Image Courtesy © Tim Hursley

  • Architects: Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects
  • Project: CALS Children’s Library
  • Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Photography: Tim Hursley
  • Client: Central Arkansas Library System
  • Building Area (sf):
    • 30,000 sf library proper
    • 8,500 sf greenhouse/shop
  • Cost per Square Foot: $260.00 / sf Building and Site, including wetland, bridges and weirs
  • Construction Cost: $9.3 million
  • Date of Completion: 2013

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The Creative Corridor: A Main Street Revitalization in Arkansas by University of Arkansas Community Design Center + Marlon Blackwell Architect

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Article Source: University of Arkansas Community Design Center + Marlon Blackwell Architect

The Creative Corridor retrofits a four-block segment of an endangered downtown Main Street through economic development catalyzed by the cultural arts rather than Main Street’s traditional retail base. The goal is to structure an identity for the Creative Corridor rooted in a mixed-use working and living environment anchored by the arts.

Image Courtesy © University of Arkansas Community Design Center + Marlon Blackwell Architect

  • Architects: University of Arkansas Community Design Center + Marlon Blackwell Architect
  • Project: The Creative Corridor: A Main Street Revitalization
  • Location: Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • Client: City of Little Rock
  • Building Square Footage: This project preserves 891,000 square feet of existing space in 28 historical structures and stipulates mixed-use functions in 532,000 square feet among four proposed infill structures. Possible programs include a cinema complex, symphony and ballet offices and rehearsal space, culinary school, art galleries, and corporate offices
  • Land Area: 12.2 acres
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