AIA Arkansas Newsletter                                                              June 2016
Letter From the President

This has been a busy and exciting year for AIA Arkansas!
In February, part of the AIA board went to AIA National's Grassroots Training. Two of our section Chairs, Patty Opitz from Polk Stanley Wilcox and Jim Little from Little & Associates, and our Emerging Professionals Director, Adam Day from AMR Architects accompanied our AIA Executive Director, Brent Stevenson to Detroit where they gained valuable knowledge on leadership training.

At the end of April, the 2016 Board of Directors invited back association management strategist, Bob Harris to conduct another strategic planning session with AIA Arkansas. I want acknowledge the work performed by the board that created the last strategic plan five years ago and to also thank Jerry Brackett's and Bob's leadership during that time. They laid extensive groundwork that was very successful for the past five years and made our job a lot easier this time around. I also want to thank our current board for their hard work and willingness to take time out of their schedules to conduct this update and plan for the future. I am happy to report that we met most of our goals from the previous session and are excited to share the new strategies, goals, and focus points for the next three-five years for AIA Arkansas. With that being said, our Executive Director, Brent Stevenson and I will be traveling the state this summer to meet with each section to give them an overview of the new strategic plan and what part they can play in making sure our organization is successful again at carrying this through. At our July board meeting, the board of directors will meet again to formally approve and adopt the strategic plan.

Earlier this month, The Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design held their Honors Recognition Reception and Ceremony where they honored 78 students. Many AIA Arkansas members and sections are involved in this event and help raise scholarship money throughout the year for the FJSOA+D. We are so proud of the work the students are doing and seeing these men and women excel in our field is a huge encouragement for the future of the architectural profession.
Last, I want to touch on an upcoming event the executive committee will be attending this summer. In July, I, along with Travis Bartlett, Vice President; Randy Palculict, Treasurer; and Lori Yazwinski Santa-Rita, Secretary, will be traveling to Washington D.C. for the Speak Up Advocacy and Action event. While there, we will gain useful training and insight on how to advocate for our profession, make our issues heard with legislators at the state and national level, and how to motivate our membership to affect change with our local governments. I am excited to attend and meet with our own Arkansas congressional members.
I look forward to seeing many of you this summer at the section meetings and I thank you for allowing me to continue to serve you.

Tim Maddox
AIA President
deMx Architecture  

AIA Arkansas Member Honored and Elevated to Fellow at 2016 National Convention

We see you, Blake. Making all of us look good ;) 
 AIA Arkansas would like to recognize Blakely C. Dunn, FAIA, for reaching another milestone in his career with his recent elevation to Fellowship status with The American Institute of Architects. The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

The 2016 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated 149 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows. Out of a total AIA membership of over 88,000, there are currently less than 3,200 distinguished with this honor. Blake was also awarded the E. Fay Jones Gold Medal in 2015 from AIA Arkansas and served as the 2014 President & Chair of the Board of NCARB.

Blake and the other 2016 Fellows were honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia.

Congratulations Blake on this momentous achievement!

Panda Announces New Product Line, PandaSelect

PandaSelect™ was developed in response to home builders' requests for contemporary in-line sliding door solutions that excel in quality and aesthetics at high-volume-based prices. With four different frame material choices, PandaSelect™ multi-slides complement any architectural style helping design professionals meet the design goals, performance criteria and budgetary constraints of their projects.

Featuring monumental panels with frame heights up to 10' tall and widths up to 5' wide, the PandaSelect™ multi-slide door system allows for stackable or pocketed configurations with a maximum of five panels per side. Its ultra-thin 3 3/16" stile and rail profile creates a stunning glass façade that maximizes the views of the outdoors, and acts as a barrier between the outside climate and the interior living space.

The new collection is offered in aluminum and aluminum-wood clad frames. Both frame options can be thermally broken by a 24mm polyamide insulation bar to reduce thermal conduction in locations with extreme weather conditions. Six standard AAMA-2604 compliant powder-coat finishes are readily available. In-stock wood species include Pine, Poplar and Douglas Fir.
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Dan Lewis
Panda Windows & Doors
Tel: 702-643-5700

Developing Skills in Motown

Earlier this year in February, I had the opportunity to travel to Detroit for the AIA Grassroots Leadership Conference, the Institute's premier annual gathering for leaders. For the first time in several years, Grassroots was held outside of Washington DC and independent from the annual advocacy program. Held in one of the US's most debated and challenging cities, I will admit, I was pumped at the chance to take part in the conference but less than thrilled about traveling to Detroit in the middle of winter! I guess you would say I was a bit apprehensive about spending a few days in single digit temperatures, as I have grown accustomed to Arkansas's mild climate and humidity. However, the overall experience went against my expectations as Detroit turned out to be the best city to act as host for those wanting to become better civic and chapter leaders within our organization - and the temperatures never dropped below freezing!

Held at the iconic Detroit Renaissance Center, this leadership event was centered on the history of Detroit and how the city itself has evolved, then dissolved, and now is on its way back again. Detroit is coming full circle with new development, planning and leadership. The conference focused on how architects have been key partners in making this positive change of revitalization happen within the motor city. The changes have not come without significant economic, cultural, and social challenges that the city of Detroit and others across the United States have recently faced.

Overall the conference was an extraordinary and rewarding experience where I was able to gain invaluable knowledge and resource tools that I was able to bring back to AIA Arkansas. The conference was also able to provide inspiration and motivation from other leaders across the United States as I learned from their experiences and best practices. Learning from these leaders also helped me develop essential leadership skills as well as new friendships. Detroit definitely proved me wrong, and I cant wait to go back and see how the city is continuing to make a positive change in the years to come with the help of our fellow leaders.

Patty Opitz
Central Section Chair
Polk Stanley Wilcox
Gulf State Region Awards

Last week at the AIA National Convention in Philadelphia, 4 projects from AIA Arkansas members were honored at the Gulf States Region Awards Ceremony. The Honor Awards program identifies built works of distinction and strives to promote the excellent work by architects from Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. The following projects are those that were submitted by AIA Arkansas members and received recognition for their excellence.


Courtyard House-Little Rock
Architect: Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design-Design Build Program - University of Arkansas
U of A Community Design Center Studio-Fayetteville
Architect: University of Arkansas Community Design Center and Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects

Fayetteville Montessori Primary School-Fayetteville
Architect: Marlon Blackwell Architects
Chambers Cafeteria Addition and renovation-Arkansas Tech
Architect: AMR Architects, Inc.
nwaAIA Hard Hat Tours

aiaNWA Section launched 2016 with quarterly Hard Hat Tours to compliment monthly Lunch and Learn educational opportunities.  Kicking off programming by the incoming leadership team, the Section coordinated a Winter Welcome and Design Shop Tour hosted by the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design followed by first and second quarter job site visits.  The first Hard Hat event occurred in March at The Harvey Clinic in Rogers designed by Marlon Blackwell Architects.  Next, Polk Stanley Wilcox and Walton Arts Center representatives hosted hard hat wearing architects amid the arts center's addition and renovation construction on Dickson Street in Fayetteville.  Each event attracted over 35 architects, designers, and allied members. 
Situated near the fast developing 49 Corridor, The Harvey Clinic's dramatic south façade was conceived by MBA as a billboard for passing traffic, giving Harvey Pediatrics a strong presence and identity in the busy commercial corridor. Learning objectives addressed by presenters Meryati Blackwell, AIA and Justin Hershberger, AIA included the overall design strategy, exterior metal panel system, and HVAC & structural systems.
The Walton Arts Center (WAC) renovation and addition project will provide much needed expansion of the lobby and enlarge the Starr Theater in order to create a true two-theater performing arts center. The project is a collaborative effort with Bora Architects and local firm, Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects. Presenters included Project Architect Jack Reilly, AIA and Principal Craig Curzon, AIA. Attendees received a rare behind the scene look at technical transformations and BOH spaces as well as access to the new atrium and lobby space. The contemporary new façade, expanded facilities, and dramatic atrium will place the WAC in position to remain a key anchor along Dickson Street's entertainment district for years to come.
Projects for third and fourth quarter Tours are currently being sought. To submit your project please email

R.T. Hughen
nwaAIA Section Chair
Jordan and Associates 


East Harding Construction has promoted Shawn Carroll, LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), to the position of Senior Vice President of Operations and Nathan Kerr, Green Advantage Certified Practitioner (GACP), to the position of Manager of Field Operations.

"The promotions of Shawn and Nathan are part of East Harding's long-term strategic plan to become the commercial contractor of choice in Arkansas. Both men have the personal values, professional skill-sets, leadership skills, and dedication to excellence that will allow us to continue taking great care of our long-term clients while we grow our company into new markets," said Tilbury. "Client satisfaction guides their every decision and, as a result, Shawn and Nathan will help our entire team realize a very bright future," said VanTilbury , President and CEO.

The ARE 5.0: What You Need To Know

As many of you may know, and for those of you who may not, there is a new version of the Architect Registration Exam that will be available in 2016, known as ARE 5.0. This exam will not only be formatted into SIX separate exams, it will host a new lineup of test questions, including Hot Spots and Drag-and-Place Items.
Another important addition to the new ARE 5.0 is the use of the Case Study. Each exam will feature a Case Study of an architectural situation that is fundamentally subjective to its exam.

One striking difference between the current version, ARE 4.0, and the upcoming version, ARE 5.0, is that the Drag-and-Place, Hot Spot, and Case Study items are replacing the graphic vignettes currently known to each exam. Many new questions will be graphic in nature, although the "graphic section" of each exam is not necessarily separable from the Multiple Choice and Quantitative Fill-in-the-Blank questions. Although it will be important to familiarize yourself with the new format of questions, it will no longer be required to download and practice with NCARB CAD, something I imagine many of you may appreciate.

The NCARB website has a wide selection of videos, webinars, and informational posts regarding the transition from ARE 4.0 to ARE 5.0, and I, as your Licensing Advisor for the state of Arkansas, am always available to assist with any questions you may have (my contact is above). I strongly encourage you to explore thoroughly before making the decision to transition, or even begin testing.

Keep in mind, too, if you have already passed portions of ARE 4.0, and want to continue with the current exam, it will be available through June 30, 2018.

Candi Adams, AIA, LEED AP
Licensing Advisor, Arkansas
On May 26, the Emerging Professional Committee hosted a Drink and Draw social event at Kent Walker Artisan Cheese in Little Rock. After 30 mins of socializing and no sketching, inspiration was struck from an Architectural Record article regarding Frank Gehry's middle finger. Great fun was had by all with more Emerging Professional social events occurring in the near future.   

AIA Tennessee and River City Company are pleased to announce an open invitation to architects, designers, engineers, and artists from around the world to take part in the Passageways: Activating the Urban Alley through Architecture design challenge. The competition is an investigation into the importance and the potential of auxiliary pedestrian spaces throughout Chattanooga, and the creation of space within our existing connected alleyway network.

Click here for more details.  

Nabholz Construction Corporation 
PO Box 2090 
Conway, AR 
Phone: (501) 505-5800 
Fax: (501) 327-8231  

Jake Nabholz

Brad Hegeman  

EVO Business Environments 
415 N. McKinley, Suite 1250 
Little Rock, AR  
Phone: (501) 244-9696 
Fax (501) 244-9620 

Chris Cerrato

Zac Cerrato  
Innerplan Office Interiors
7001 Innerplan Drive
North Little Rock, AR
Phone: (501) 371-0300
Fax: (501) 372-3838

Tim McMennamy

Mark Phillips  

Roger McMennamy 

Acme Brick
10921 Maumelle Blvd.
North Little Rock, AR
Phone: (501) 812-5574 
Fax: (501) 753-5965

Mike Anderson

Logan Moss

Greg Spencer 
BancorpSouth Insurance Services
P.O. Box 251510
Little Rock, AR
Phone: (501) 664-7705
Fax: (501) 664-8052

Ken Estes

Alfred Williams  

Jeremy Cox 

Today's Office
717 W. 7 th St.
Little Rock, AR
Phone: (501) 375-5050
Fax: (501) 375-1350

Art Bowren

Jason Moles

Rocky Brown 
Southern Reprographics
PO Box 1878
Little Rock, AR
Phone: (501) 372-4011
Fax: (501) 372-2902

Phillip McColey

Pam Brawley
Imageworks Commercial Interiors
1424 N. Shackleford Road, Suite B
Little Rock, AR
Phone: (501) 944-7501

Rhonda Bradley

Keeley Dorrell  

Inez Reeder 

Ace Glass Construction Corp
PO Box 2000
Little Rock, AR
Phone: (501) 372-0595
Fax: (501) 372-0594

Courtney Little

Chris Little 

Alessi Keyes Construction
10623 Maumelle Blvd.
North Little Rock, AR
Phone: (501) 225-6699
Fax: (501) 221-3413

Bob Butler

James Alessi 
CR Crawford Construction
1102 S. Happy Hollow Road
Fayetteville, AR
Phone: (479) 251-1161
Fax: (479) 571-1161

Richard Johnson

Scott Stokenbury 
Curtis H. Stout, Inc.
2400 Cantrell Road #100
Little Rock, AR
Phone: (501) 374-6694
Fax: (501) 374-1399 

Andy McMahan

Becky Major 

Dupont Tyvek
PO Box 543154
Dallas, TX
Phone: (501) 804-7889
Fax: (888) 291-3472

Edds , CSI, CDT

Brian McKay 

Kinco Constructors
12600 Lawson Road
Little Rock, AR
Phone: (501) 225-7606
Fax: (501) 225-1028

Rob Hileman

Marc Dillard 
Glen Jones & Associates
107 Cherrybark Lane
Vicksburg, MS
Phone: (601) 634-0877
Fax: (601) 634-0867

Glen Jones

Lou Skeen 

Long Sales Agency
914 Barber Street
Little Rock, AR
Phone: (501) 374-3088
Fax: (501) 374-8459

Randall Long

Mandy Green 
McClelland Consulting Engineers
PO Box 34087 / 900 West Markham
Little Rock, AR
Phone: (501) 371-0272
Fax: (501) 371-9932

Dan Beranek

Daniel Barnes  
Porter Lighting & Controls
6001 Murray Street
Little Rock, AR
Phone: (501) 570-8170
Fax: (501) 570-8175

Megan Gardisser

Phillip Phelps  

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Lighting & Power Solutions, Inc .
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Lunday & Associates
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Antique Brick & Block
(501 ) 375-0060

Malarkey Roofing Products
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Archway Graphic Designs
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Malmstrom -White , Co .
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Marvin Windows and Doors
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Arkansas Sun Control
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Meek's The Builder's Choice
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Arkansas Wall Systems, LLC
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Mid-Continental Restoration Co .
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Ash Grove Packaging
(501) 224-3372

Midwest Block & Brick
(479 ) 750-7887

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Milestone Construction Company
(479 ) 751-3560

Baldwin & Shell Construction
(501) 374-8677

Missco Contract Sales
(601) 987-8600

CDI Contractors
(501) 666-4300

Musco Sports Lighting
(641) 673-0411

CertainTeed Corporation
(501) 400-5127

Panda Windows & Doors
(702 ) 643-5700

Clark Contractors
(501) 868-3133

Performance Surfaces
(405 ) 463-0505

Duro -Last Roofing, Inc
(800) 248-0280

(800) 255-4255

East Harding Construction
(501) 661-1646

Related Product Sales (RPS )
( 501) 993-5873

Engineering Consultants, Inc.
(501) 376-3752

Schindler Elevator Corporation
(501 ) 375-0930

Enloe Enterprise LLC
(816) 561-9229

School & Office Products of AR
(501 ) 663-5500

Facility Design Marketing
(501) 247-6831

Sherwin-Williams Company 
( 504) 454-8211

Featured Systems
(479) 855-6422

Sika Sarnafil
(713 ) 812-0102

(479) 750-4565

(469 ) 995-2200

Gildner Maddox LLC
(501) 228-7775

Sound-Craft Systems
(800 ) 643-8747

Glass Erectors
(501) 455-1324

Southwest Solutions Group, Inc .
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Tandus Flooring
(501 ) 607-2044

HILLYER SALES Architectural Pro
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Tatum-Smith Engineers, Inc .
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HP Engineering, Inc.
(479) 899-6370

Terracon Consultants
(501 ) 847-9292

HSA Engineering Consulting
(479) 452-8922

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(302) 764-3100

Western Fireproofing Company
(816 ) 561-7667

Inside Effects, Inc
(501) 954-8866

Wilsonart International
(501 ) 256-9022

J.D. Day & Company
(913) 722-3213

Jay S. Stanley & Associates, Inc .
( 501) 758-8029

LaHarpe's  Office Furniture
(501 ) 372-6684

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