Tim and Beverly Graham of Springdale and their family have donated $300,000 toward the construction of the $33.5 million Anthony Timberlands Center for Design and Materials Innovation at the University of Arkansas.
The four-story, 44,800-square-foot center is under construction in south Fayetteville with an anticipated completion date of fall 2024. It will house the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design’s graduate program in timber and wood.
The Graham gift will result in a 3,758-square-foot flexible studio space and classroom on the third floor being named the Tim and Beverly Graham Family Studio and Classroom.
“This center gives the university an opportunity to showcase one of our state’s most abundant natural resources,” Tim Graham said. “It also will allow the design professions to hire graduates who will bring new ideas and perspectives on what can be accomplished with wood.”
Graham formerly worked for J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. as a regional vice president of sales and marketing. He was later a founding partner and president of Pinnacle Group, a prominent commercial real estate developer. He was president of Hunt Ventures in Rogers from 2007 to 2019.
Beverly Graham oversees Graham Entities, a family-owned property management company that manages multiple family real estate investments.
They have two sons. Tim Graham II owns Third Street Realty, a real estate and property management company in Northwest Arkansas. Dusty Graham is a founding member and principal partner with Core Architects Inc. in Rogers.
Numerous supporters have pledged nearly $14 million for the center. John Ed Anthony, a south Arkansas timber magnate, and his wife Isabel have pledged two lead gifts totaling $10 million.