Arkansas Specialty Orthopaedics Topping Out Ceremony


On August 24th, the last beam was placed on the new state-of-the-art facility where the team at Arkansas Specialty Orthopaedics (ASO) will merge with OrthoArkansas (OA) to provide an increased level of orthopaedic care to the state and community beginning January 1, 2018. The topping-out ceremony included words from ASO president Dr. Jimmy Tucker, OA president Dr. Tad Pruitt and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola.  The 75,000 SF, three story building will accommodate 14 physicians of various specialties. There will be large areas for physical and occupational therapy a as well as an imaging suite with MRI, CT and radiology capabilities. The third floor will be left unfinished due to the anticipated growth of the clinic.

Cave City Green Houses


Cromwell is currently working on the design for four houses in Cave City as part of The Green House Project, an innovative healthcare organization that looks at care for the elderly in a very different light.  The vision of The Green House Project is to “envision homes in every community where elders and others enjoy excellent quality of life and quality of care; where they, their families, and the staff engage in meaningful relationships built on equality, empowerment, and mutual respect.” The name “Green House” not only signifies their goal of sustainable design, but also the growth they want their residents to have in a nurturing and supportive environment.

The Green House Project was formed in 2001. In 2005 the organization received a $10 million dollar grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to improving healthcare for Americans. This grant allowed them to spread their mission across the country. The main goal of The Green House Project is to transform the traditional concepts behind long term elderly care. Their program provides more personal and social care than typical nursing home environments.

Each resident has their own private bedroom and bath.  Meals are prepared in a family-style kitchen and served around one family dining table. The great room, reminiscent of many family homes, is designed so that each resident can bring their favorite chair or recliner in.  The ‘real home’ provides for 12 Elders, living together like family. It feels more like a real home and not an institution.

In 2011 the organization celebrated their 100th home built. Now the Green House Project has over 200 homes in 30 states. In Arkansas there are currently two Green House communities and another is in development.  Upon completion of the four houses that are being designed by Cromwell, the Cave City project will be the fourth installment in our state. The architect on the project, Thomas Moore, has a history of experience in design for the elderly. He is working closely with The Green House Project team and the surrounding community to ensure that the houses fall in line with the mission and vision of the organization.



Cromwell Architects Engineers will host a Wallbreaking Ceremony initiating the renovation of the former Stebbins and Roberts building (Sterling Paint) into their new headquarters. The urban renewal / redevelopment project, which is in partnership with Moses Tucker Real Estate, will also house a restaurant, loft apartments, a rentable community room, and retail space. Construction is scheduled for completion in late Fall 2017.

Chris Moses, President and CEO of Moses Tucker, said, “Partnerships like this are so important to the growth and expansion of Little Rock. Revitalizing downtown Little Rock has always been our mission, and we are excited to see that same passion in Cromwell.”

The ceremony will be Friday, December 16, 2016 at 10:00 AM, and is open to the public. The building is located at the intersection of Sixth and Shall Streets in Little Rock. Cromwell’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee will be available for comments.

Cromwell and Moses Tucker intend for the mixed use property to serve as another catalyst spurring the revitalization of downtown east of I-30. Dan Fowler, COO of Cromwell, explained, “Forty years ago, when we built our building at Markham and Spring Streets, the area was in need of a major redevelopment effort. Our building, along with investments in the Camelot Hotel, Excelsior Hotel & Convention Center, Stephens Building, and Capital Hotel, created a vibrant district within the core of our city. We hope to do the same east of I-30. Redeveloping the former Stebbins and Roberts building into a mixed used community will continue to ignite growth in an emerging area that has been forgotten and disconnected from the rest of downtown for years.” 

In addition to bringing several businesses to the properties, over 100 of Cromwell’s employees will join the area’s demographic to stimulate the local market.

Eastbound & Downtown - Cromwell's new adventure


In the December issue of Arkansas Life Magazine, COO Dan Fowler discusses the firm's new property at 6th and Shall in east downtown Little Rock.  His vision includes using Cromwell's renovation of the historic, abandoned Sterling Paint warehouse to catalyze reinvestment in this last underutilized area of Little Rock. 


Read the entire article over at Arkansas Life -

Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) Headquarters Groundbreaking


We are proud to announce the groundbreaking of another Cromwell project, the Headquarters of Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) yesterday, May 19, 2015. Members of our team attended the ceremony yesterday and are excited to begin the construction! In addition to our work on the design of the HQ, the project included the development of a master plan for MEMS. The master plan evaluated existing conditions, determined goals and objectives for the campus, calculate land and space requirements, developed a physical plan for growth, and suggest implementation process for the use of the plan. The organization placed a high priority on utilizing the existing property in Downtown and the first part of the study was positioned to validate that. It included a detailed study of the existing structures and infrastructure with particular attention to the operations building.

MEMS Headquarters Quick Facts


  • 36,383 SF – including 6,500 SF Structurally Hardened Dispatch Area w/ Emergency Back-Up Generator
  • 40 Offices & 10 Conference Rooms
  • Executive Board Room for Little Rock Ambulance Authority Board
  • 5,100 SF Operations & Quality Assurance Departments
  • Locker Rooms & Fitness Center for Operations Staff
  • 9,200 SF Training Area including 4,000 SF of Classroom & Instruction Space
  • 2,800 SF Inventory & Logistics Department with Loading Dock


  • 33 Parking Spaces for Administrative Employees
  • 16 Ambulance Parking Spaces with Electric Utility Bollards
  • 5 Covered Ambulance Drive Thru-Bays (3 Wash-Bays and 2 Logistics Resupply Bays)
  • 2 Fuel Dispenser Units


  • Exterior Envelope: Poured-In-Place Concrete, Utility-Sized Face Brick, and Metal Wall Panel System w/ Low-E Glazing in Aluminum Storefront Windows
  • Energy Efficient VRF Climate Control System within the Dispatch Area
  • LED Exterior Building Lighting
  • 30 Warranty Lightweight Concrete, Modified Bitumen Roofing System

Garland County Detention Center Ribbon Cutting


Cromwell attended the Garland County Detention Center ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Cromwell began designing this $42 million dollar facility in 2012. It has the capacity to house 482 inmates in a “Direct Supervision” environment. The Garland County Detention Center is the first of its kind in Arkansas using this method. Direct supervision includes having a corrections officer present at all time within the living areas to manage inmate behavior and promote effective and safe control. 

The new detention center includes 8 housing units, an alternative sentencing unit, Health Services, Inmate Programs, Defensive Tactics / Training, a Courtroom, Video Courtroom, Food Service, Video Visitation, and Maintenance / Housekeeping areas. It was designed to Arkansas Criminal Detention Facility Review Commission Jail Standards and uses proven technology to enhance operations and increase safety.

Fun Facts: 

  • 270 surveillance cameras
  • 200,000+ concrete blocks
  • 600+ intercoms and card readers throughout the building 
  • 192 inmate cells
  • Unencumbered main hallway measuring 582 feet
  • Over one mile of fiber used for security equipment
  • 150+ miles of wiring used throughout
  • 100 employees
  • Staff training hours prior to occupancy will encompass over 30,000+ hours

World Cancer Day 2015 and UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute


In recognition of World Cancer Day, we’d like to spotlight the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. Completed in 2012, the expansion and renovation provides all UAMS Cancer services in 500,000 SF of research, diagnostic, and treatment centers. Architect Hrand DuValian designed the expansion to provide a healing environment with hospitality and concierge services for patients from all over the world. The contemporary design and natural elements create a relaxing and soothing environment.

The facility expands outpatient services and consolidates functions into one location to enhance convenience for the patients and improve operational efficiency. The new 300,000 SF, 13 story addition connects on all levels to the existing 200,000 SF 11-story tower. The expansion brings researchers into the facility to be closer to diagnostic and treatment centers that will encourage faster “bench to bedside” treatments. The existing facility grew so rapidly, all spaces for patient amenities and decompression filled to meet clinical needs. Therefore, space to meet patient non-clinical needs such as family and consult areas, were critical to the program.

Research labs are located in the facility to enhance translational research. Lab assignments can fluctuate in open labs without moving walls. Support modules can be customized to meet the requirements of the research as tissue culture, microscopy, or special procedure rooms. Labs are supported by a central equipment corridor. All labs meet BSL2 criteria.

Outpatient care services are provided 6 days a week for approximately 10 to 12 hours per day and include physician office visits, labs, imaging services, chemotherapy, and infusion. Pharmacy services were brought to the building to provide easy access for patient prescriptions and to provide chemotherapy pharmaceuticals to patient infusion floors.

1965-2015: 50 Years of International Work


This year, Cromwell celebrates 50 years of international work. Our first overseas project was the U.S. Consul General’s Residence and Staff Housing in Madras and New Delhi, India. Cromwell worked closely with Senator J. William Fulbright and the U.S. State Department to secure this groundbreaking contract. The design utilized indigenous masonry and tile, while its thick roof provided a “flywheel” effect by absorbing heat slowly during the intense midday heat and releasing during the cool night. 

Since that first project in 1965, Cromwell has worked on more than 60 projects in 14 foreign countries.

UA Cooperative Extension Service Celebrates 100 Years


The Extension was formalized in 1914, with the Smith-Lever Act, and put into action in 2015. It established the partnership between the agricultural colleges and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide for cooperative agricultural extension work. Work included in part, performing some form of Extension education for the people of Arkansas. This began the work still being conducted by the Cooperative Extension Service today.

Some of the greatest successes of the Extension occurred during wartime including organizing the Women’s Land Army and the Boys’ Working Reserve during WWI and the Victory Garden Program in WWII. 

The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. With offices in all 75 counties, the faculty and staff provide educational programs and research-based information to the people of Arkansas. From agricultural programs to family financial management to youth education, they offer educational programs that have immediate and practical applications.

Since 1992, Cromwell has been working with the UA Cooperative Extension Service, including designing the headquarters in Little Rock. This facility is located on a 17-acre site and consists of a 70,000 SF three-story office building and a 35,000 SF warehouse. The office building houses offices, 5,000 SF video production/television studio, 200 seat auditorium (3,200 SF) and classrooms. Other work with the Extension include the Lonoke Fish Lab; analysis of the Lonoke campus and estimates for corrective design; and renovations to the first floor of the Headquarters.

Congratulations to the Extension Service and we wish you continued success for the next 100 years!

Blown Away: Maintaining Hospital Operations During Redesign and Rebuilding


On September 12, Charley Penix and Joe Hilliard presented “Blown Away: Maintaining Hospital Operations During Redesign and Rebuilding,“ a webinar for the 2013 Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo.

In February 2008, a tornado destroyed most of the hospital in Mountain View, AR. With only the surgical wing salvageable for reuse, the design team was challenged to resolve several issues:

  • Immediate analysis of facility to determine what was salvageable and safe for continued occupancy.
  • Quickly provide support required for temporary structures to house hospital’s on site operations during design and construction of replacement facilities.
  • Assess value of damage to insure adequate insurance reimbursement for replacement building.
  • Justify higher costs required for enlarged facilities necessary to meet current hospital standards, codes, state health department regulations, ADA requirements, etc.

To download a copy of the webinar, please visit


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