Blending Tradition and Innovation: Building the Future at the University of Arkansas
The University of Arkansas is in the process of collaborating with VCC and its President Justin Conch, Project Manager Kyle Gunn of VCC, Michael Baldwin, VP at Core Architects, and Aaron Wenger, Architect at VCC, to construct a remarkable building known as the student success center, designed to support and mentor first-generation and minority college students. This project is a testament to the university’s commitment to providing additional tutoring and mentoring support for its diverse student population. The architectural style of the center, inspired by the collegiate Gothic style, blends harmoniously with the surrounding historic buildings, despite its modern functionality.
Cutting-edge technology, such as laser scanning and virtual modeling, has played a vital role in ensuring the accuracy and coordination of the project. The meticulous attention to detail and collaboration between the university, architecture firm Core, and facilities management have brought this vision to life. Moreover, the student success center incorporates innovative chilled beam technology, offering an energy-efficient heating and cooling system.
One remarkable aspect is the use of limestone sourced from the same quarry that supplied materials for nearby buildings constructed decades ago. This thoughtful selection ensures seamless integration of the new center with the rich architectural heritage at The University of Arkansas.
The team’s passion and commitment shine through as the project nears completion after three years of dedicated efforts. The transformative impact of the student success center will undoubtedly inspire current and future generations of students, providing them with the necessary resources to thrive academically. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build such a meaningful structure is a testament to the University’s dedication to student success and the enduring bond between its alumni and the institution.