Cromwell Architects Engineers has added two new members to their Board of Directors: Architect Chris East and Structural Engineer Michael Callahan.
Chris East, AIA, is a graduate of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas and has been with Cromwell for a total of ten years. While at Cromwell he has focused on improving the quality of Design, Community Leadership, and diversity within the office; following many of the core values of the office’s founders. Chris is a founding board member of studioMAIN, a collection of architects, contractors, developers and designers who work together to educate and advocate about the importance of critical design thinking when designing our towns and neighborhoods. Chris is a graduate of Little Rock Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Greater Little Rock class 24 in 2009. In 2012 and 2013, Chris led the effort for PopUp Main Street and PopUp 7th Street, which re-imagined and installed shops, bike lanes, and urban street amenities. Currently Chris is co-leading the Young Professional’s group, Think Big Little Rock, in order to identify solutions that would entice our young and talented to locate and stay in Central Arkansas.Chris was recently named to the 2016 class of Arkansas Business’ 40 Under 40. He was chosen for his many contributions to the local built environment and his dedication to serving Arkansas’ communities.
Mike Callahan, PE, SECB, is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering. He joined Cromwell in 1997. He now manages the Structural Department. While employed at Cromwell, Mike has also served in the Army Reserves and has achieved the rank of Colonel. Michael is active in several professional engineering groups including acting as a board member and past President of the Structural Engineers Association of Arkansas and the Society of American Military Civil Engineers. Mike is a graduate of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Arkansas Program. He also leads the internal Quality Control Committee. Michael works tirelessly to improve Cromwell’s collaboration and quality to benefit our clients.
Our newest architect, Josh Danish, grew up in a small town in Madison County, Arkansas. Located west of Fayetteville and Springdale, Hindsville had a population of 61 during the last census taken in 2013. There is a hidden gem in this small city and Josh wanted to make sure that it got some exposure before it was gone for good.
Way before Josh can even remember, a very old wooden barn has occupied a large field in town. He has passed by it hundreds, if not thousands, of times while he was growing up. The exact age of the barn is unknown, but Josh believes it to be over 100 years old. A few years ago, the field and the barn were donated to a local church in hopes of building a new facility.
Raising funds for this endeavor proved to be challenging and the church decided to sell pieces of the barn here and there to help get more money to go towards the new building. The tin on the roof of the barn was the first to go.
In early 2016, Josh was passing through on a visit to his hometown and saw the barn, but instead of seeing just a roofless old barn, he saw a very unique opportunity. He got with one of his fellow graduates from the University of Arkansas, Timothy Maddox, and they decided to put the barn to some good use.
They asked the church for permission and were granted use of the barn for a 24 hour period. With the help of some architectural interns and students, they covered the top of the barn in visqueen. They then mounted halogen lights and a generator to a fourwheeler and drove it throughout the barn all night. The result was a beautiful, almost ethereal display.
Josh and several of his co-conspirators were able to get some fantastic pictures. Some of these pictures were featured in a PBS documentary about old barns across the country. Even after the barn is torn down, the pictures of the installation will remain as a reminder of what once stood in the field.
Josh’s installation was an innovative way to breathe some new life into an existing structure, even if it was only for a short time. We love to see our people working outside of the box in their professional and personal lives.
Photo Credit: Seth Spradlin
Former Cromwell CEO John J. Truemper Jr. passed away on Sunday, December 18th. John began working for Cromwell on a part time basis at the age of 15. After serving in the military, he finished his education at the University of Illinois and joined the firm full time in 1950. He was elected President in 1970 and retired in 1989. During his many years at Cromwell, John's body of work included Winrock Farm at Petit Jean Mountain, master planning for the Arkansas State Parks System, and over 30 division offices for Arkansas Power and Light. John left quite a legacy behind and Cromwell is honored to be a part of his story.
Aaron Scott, Project Architect in the Little Rock office, was recently selected to participate in the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce’s Eleventh Leadership Arkansas Class!
Leadership Arkansas is a unique program designed to take a comprehensive view of the economic and political challenges that face this State. The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas recruits highly-motivated individuals to experience first-hand the dynamic interactions between cities, industries, governmental units and the people they serve. Leadership Arkansas is grounded in the belief that it is from bringing diverse interests and backgrounds together that real progress is achieved. Through shared experiences and frequent interactions, Leadership Arkansas participants, facilitators and alumni learn and grow as they advance through an innovative nine-month program designed to expose class members to the challenges and opportunities of our local communities and their impact on the State as a whole.
Mike Callahan, Cromwell's Structural Engineering Manager, was recently selected to be a part of a member of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce’s Tenth Anniversary Leadership Arkansas class!
Leadership Arkansas is a unique program designed to take a comprehensive view of the economic and political challenges that face this State. First introduced in 2005 by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas, our staff, with the guidance of the organizations’ Boards and Executive Committees, recruits highly-motivated individuals to experience first-hand the dynamic interactions between cities, industries, governmental units and the people they serve.
Architect Chris East is now a Green Globes Professional and expert user of the Green Globes environmental assessment, rating, and certification system. Green Globes Professionals may act as consultants on Green Globes projects, facilitate the building certification, provide project management for their clients or employers, or make recommendation on how to achieve different ratings. The GGP curriculum covers green building concepts, Green Globes assessment protocols, Green Globes rating and certification, and case studies.
Green Globes is a nationally recognized for green building design, operation and management. It is interactive, flexible and affordable, and provides market recognition of a building’s environmental attributes through third-party verification.
The Green Globes platform includes optional interactive guidance to help implement the integrated design process from goal setting to construction documents.
Submittal requirements consist of documents that are normally produced as part of any well executed green construction project that uses the integrated design process. They consist of construction drawings, specifications, energy modeling, life cycle analysis, records of meetings, and any “green” plans that the team has developed – for example, storm-water management, landscaping, and commissioning.
Amanda Benham is Cromwell’s newest Green Globes Professional! Certified GGPs possess a demonstrated knowledge of green building and management practices, familiarity with the Green Globes online evaluation, and expertise with the third-party assessment process.
She is the third Cromwell employee to become Certified and the 6th in the state.
Aaron Scott came to Cromwell in 2005 as an Intern Architect with two years of experience. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2002 with a Bachelors of Architecture. While at Cromwell, he has gained experience in all aspects of architectural practice from the initial stages of programming, space planning and design, multi-discipline design integration through construction documents and construction administration of government facilities including Value Engineering, Technical Evaluation, Plan Review, and RFP Development. He has 8 years experience in design and production of USACE facilities including over 25 DoD task orders and stand-alone contracts and recently completed the Emergency Management Institute – FEMA – L0156: Building Design for Homeland Security for Continuity of Operations (COOP) course.
Aaron also organizes the Cromwell Team for the Annual Committee for the Future’s Phone-A-Thon, benefitting Arkansas Children’s Hospital. His dedication to the phone-a-thon helped raise over $1,300 in the 2014.
When Aaron isn’t working diligently to finish a project, he spends his time pretending to be in meetings when he’s actually hiding from coworkers who want to show him cat videos.
In an effort to better serve our European clients, Cromwell recently hired Chris Arseneau to establish a new office in Kaiserslautern, Germany and solidify our presence in central Europe.
Chris will be providing on-the-ground support to our clients located overseas, primarily focusing on Energy Services. He has a degree in Civil Engineering from Western Michigan University and is a LEED Green Associate. Chris has project management and Program Engineer experience with renovation and construction projects for Public Health Command Region Europe. His additional training in healthcare construction (infection control procedures, life safety, fire prevention) led him to work on world class environmental analytical laboratories for the U.S. military.
As a Project Facilitator for Cromwell, Chris is already working closely with our partners and clients on the commissioning of the Rhine Ordnance Barracks Medical Center in Kaiserslautern, Germany, the Center for Health Promotion and Preventative Medicine (CHPPM) Laboratory in Landstuhl, and the Spangdahlem AFB Dental Clinic.
When Chris isn’t managing Cromwell’s European clients, his hobbies inlcude answering emails at 1 am (or so it would seem to us, given the 7 hr time difference) and trying to convince his new stateside coworkers that their requested care packages of authentic german treats such as beer, bratwurst and assorted schnitzels were “lost” in the mail. We suspect he ate them himself.
Welcome to Cromwell, Chris! Thank you for joining our team!
Cynthia Hawkins, Director of Interiors, recently completed the Center for Health Design’s process to become an EDAC professional. Evidence-Based Design (EBD) is the process of basing decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible outcomes. The internationally recognized EDAC program awards credentials to individuals who demonstrate a thorough understanding of how to apply an evidence-based process to the design and development of healthcare settings, including measuring and reporting results. Click here to learn more about EDAC.