The Arkansas Arts Center has selected Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock to aid Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects in the center’s expansion and renovation, estimated to cost $46 million.
Studio Gang was selected as design architect for the expansion and renovation in December.
Notable projects from Polk Stanley Wilcox include the design of William J. Clinton Presidential Library, Heifer International Headquarters, the Arkansas Studies Institute and the re-design of Robinson Center, all in Little Rock.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Arkansas Arts Center and Studio Gang on this transformative project,” Polk Stanley Wilcox Principal David Porter said in a press release. “AAC has cast an exciting vision to rethink not only how the center upgrades the interior and exterior spaces, but how the AAC connects to and enriches the broad arts and cultural tapestry of Little Rock. Studio Gang is a uniquely talented firm to lead the design effort. PSW is honored to bring our extensive experience from years of important projects in downtown Little Rock to come alongside them and the AAC to help create this next critical milestone for the city, state and region.”
Polk Stanley Wilcox was chosen by a committee that included AAC Executive Director Todd Herman, three representatives from Studio Gang, AAC board member Sara Hendricks Batcheller and museum consultant Deborah Frieden, according to AAC.
“Each of the finalists are strong, well-respected firms,” Herman said in the release. Allison + Partners Architects and Cromwell Architects Engineers were also finalists for the project. “Ultimately, Polk Stanley Wilcox was the best complement to Studio Gang in terms of experience and strengths. Their work at Robinson auditorium – similar in both scope and complexity – will be an asset as we move through the project. We are very pleased to have PSW on board for this important project that will create wonderful new spaces for the people of Little Rock and Arkansas to enjoy the arts.”
Polk Stanley Wilcox also has an office in Fayetteville.