In association with Allison Architects, Perry Dean has wrapped up the 100% CD documentation for the Hillside Auditorium at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. The building, which negotiates a 40 foot elevation change from the top of the hill to the bottom, reads more as a series of site walls unfolding into the landscape. A large (475 seat) and small (290 seat) lecture hall, both with the flexibility to support theatrical and musical performances, as well as appropriately sized lobbies that double as event spaces comprise the inner program.
A tremendous effort was put forth by all to resolve this tricky "little" design problem. The consulting team included: Olin (Landscape), Engineering Consultants, Inc. (Structural), TME Consulting Engineers (MEPF), Development Consultants, Inc. (Civil/Landscape), Vantage Technology Consulting Group (AV/IT), and JaffeHolden (Acoustics).
A special thanks must also go out to the entire University of Arkansas Facilities Management team with a special nod to the FM Planning Group for being such a thoughtfully engaged owner and champion of the project.
Construction, by James H. Cone, Inc., will begin in August.