Hendrix builds $16 million creative quad

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By Hilary Andrews

A new mixed-use facility will soon be constructed at Hendrix College.

The Miller Creative Quad will be named after alumna and board of trustees member, Carolyn Miller and her husband David, who provided the initial funding for the project through the David B. Miller Family Foundation.

The project, part of Hendrix’s $110 million Be Hendrix campaign, totals $24 million — $16 million in construction and $8 million in endowments.

The mixed-use facility will include two buildings that will combine first-class facilities for the creative arts with new student living space on the current site of Hulen Hall, which contains the bookstore, cafeteria, post office, student center and student organization offices. Hullen Hall will be removed over winter break.

President Bill Tsutsui thanked the Miller family for their generosity along with other alumni, corporations, foundations and campus friends. He said the college is thrilled to begin construction on the structure.

“Not only will this exciting project provide new facilities for our students and faculty, it will bring new energy to the heart of campus for the entire community to enjoy and experience,” he said.

The creative quad will include two new residence halls on the second and third floors of the two buildings, which will feature single and double rooms and study space for 100 students.

“When I ask alumni about their fondest memories at Hendrix, they immediately tell me it was their professors and the friendships and experiences they had with classmates living on campus,” Tsutsui said. “The [creative quad’s] new student living space will enable us to begin the long-term revitalization and update of our six heritage residence halls, which have been home to generations of students at Hendrix.”

The south part of the quad will feature music practice rooms, music faculty offices and a digital music lab.

Also included is a 990-square-foot auditorium with an industry-standard film screening room that will benefit Hendrix’s film studies program, allow for movie events organized by student clubs and other organizations and accommodate guest speakers for special events.

The Miller Creative Quad will feature a focal point with the Windgate Museum of Art in the north building, which was made possible through a $10 million grant in 2016 from the Windgate Charitable Foundation of Siloam Springs in support of the museum’s construction and endowment.

“The new art museum will ensure that the arts are a fundamental part of every Hendrix student’s experience,” Tsutsui said. “It will be a tremendous resource for classes, hand-on learning projects, internships, interdisciplinary collaboration and visiting arts throughout the region.”

He said the new space will be an asset for the community to support the “quality of life” and amenities Conway and the state of Arkansas enjoys.

The Miller Creative Quad was designed by Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock and contracted through Nabholz Corporation.

Construction is set to start after commencement ceremonies in May 2018, and is scheduled to open in fall 2019.