Meticulous work on Hendrix College’s 1918
dormitory recognized by Preserve Arkansas, Learning By Design
CONWAY, Arkansas (December 15, 2023)—The
renovation of Hendrix College’s historic Martin Hall, planned by WER Architects
and completed in 2022, has garnered honors at both the state and national
Preserve Arkansas has announced it
will honor WER Architects, Nabholz Construction, and Hendrix College with an
Excellence in Preservation through Rehabilitation Award for their collaboration
on restoring Martin Hall, the oldest dormitory on the Hendrix College campus.
Built in 1918 and listed on the
National Register of Historic Places, Martin Hall has housed numerous
community, state, and national leaders during their undergraduate years,
including Hendrix College President Emeritus Ellis Arnold ’79, who led the
College during its renovation process.
The 2023 Arkansas Preservation Awards will
be celebrated on January 26, 2024, at Robinson Center in Little Rock.
In addition to this statewide
recognition, the larger project received an Outstanding Project Award in
Learning By Design Magazine’s Fall 2023 Educational Facilities Awards Showcase.
The tandem top-to-bottom renovations for both Martin and Veasey Halls provided upgrades
to benefit a collective 207 residents.
Jury comments about the project
included, “…the common spaces are well done and organized in a manner to
support the sense of community needed in a dorm today.”
“Martin Hall is a project that our
entire team is incredibly proud to be a part of,” said John Greer, Principal,
WER Architect. “To be able to share this project on a national level makes it
just that much more exciting!”
Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is featured in Colleges That
Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges and
celebrated among the country’s leading liberal arts colleges for academic
quality, engaged learning opportunities and career preparation, vibrant campus
life, and value. The Hendrix College Warriors compete in 21 NCAA Division III
sports. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since
1884. Learn more at www.hendrix.edu.
“… Through engagement that links the classroom with the world, and
a commitment to diversity, inclusion, justice, and sustainable living, the
Hendrix community inspires students to lead lives of accomplishment, integrity,
service, and joy.” —Hendrix
College Statement of Purpose
quality architecture helps create a better world. This philosophy has been a
driving force behind the work of WER Architects from the start. A start that
began in Little Rock in 1978. Today, WER is one of the state’s most recognized
architectural firms with offices in Little Rock and Fayetteville. Its portfolio
of high profile projects includes the University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Windgate Center for Art + Design, Historic Cane Hill College Restoration,
University of Arkansas Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences, Jacksonville
North Pulaski County School District, University of Arkansas J.B. and Johnelle
Hunt Family Baseball Development Center, Premier Medical Plaza, Delta Dental of
Arkansas Corporate Campus, Richard Sheppard Arnold United States Courthouse and
numerous high profile higher education and K-12 projects across the state. For
more information on WER Architects and to view its full portfolio visit werarch.com.