The Momentary in Bentonville Exemplifies Adaptive Reuse in the Modern Construction Industry

As the world collectively pushes for more sustainable processes and efforts across virtually every industry, construction is far from exempt.

In fact, it may be one of the industries most primed to drive real change.

In addition to using more sustainable materials and equipment, engaging in environmental best practices, and more, the very act of repurposing abandoned, decommissioned and otherwise unused spaces to give them new life can create beautiful and awe-inspiring results.

The Momentary in Bentonville, Arkansas was one such project, seeing Flintco team up with Wheeler Kearns Architects of Chicago to turn a 63,000-square-foot former cheese factory into an inspirational multi-disciplinary space.

“The one word that came up when I walked into The Momentary was opportunity,” said Lieven Bertels, Director at The Momentary. “Who gets to turn an old cheese factory into an arts venue? That felt like opportunity with a big ‘O.’”

By working with Flintco, Wheeler Kearns and the rest of the project’s team from the earliest stages of the project, Bertels and The Momentary’s team were able to craft a truly one-of-a-kind venue. “(We were able to) be very creative and listen to the building,” he said. “The first part of that was really exploring the building and identifying spaces that could provide certain functions and functionality. That was, perhaps, one of the most parts of this whole process.”

Bertels also said he was thrilled to have Flintco leading the way and lending valuable
“We were very pleased to work on this project with Flintco as lead construction firm,” he said. “First of all, it was so nice to have an architect that understood this region, then have a building firm that also understood the heartland of the U.S. Flintco really had that ability to work with us.”

Now, the building is full of nods to its original character, both literal and figurative. Those touches blend that foundational atmosphere and environment with the modern, stylistic and functional space of The Momentary, which caters to a wide variety of experiences, from performing arts and culinary events to festivals and inspiring art residencies.

“Imagine that you had a bunch of artists and creatives that wanted to scrawl on an old factory, and now you’ve given them the resources to really do that well,” Bertels said. “That’s what The Momentary is. And, better still, they’re going to throw a party and invite the whole community to enjoy this with them.”

Watch below to see the revitalization process of The Momentary:

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