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Vol Walker Hall Renovation & The Steven L. Anderson Design Center

Marlon Blackwell Architects, Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects

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Vol Walker Hall Renovation & The Steven L. Anderson Design Center

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  • Landscape Architect: Crafton Tull Sparks
  • Lighting Designer: Renfro Design Group

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Vol Walker Hall and the addition of the Steven L. Anderson Design Center for the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas is a complex but resolute hybrid of a historic restoration and a contemporary insertion and expansion.

Post-tensioned concrete and Indiana limestone honor the weight and substance of the historic, while the west-facing fritted glass brise-soleil and steel curtainwall create a contemporary figure. The overall design is a didactic model, establishing a tangible discourse between past and present, while providing state of the art facilities for 21st century architectural and design education.
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