Winthrop Rockefeller Conference Center


Architecture / Engineering
Interior Design


Mixed Use


177,000 SF


Winthrop Rockefeller Conference Center

Cromwell's role on this highly successful masterplanning effort helped secure a $53 million grant to the University of Arkansas in December of 2004. The master plan involved the analysis of existing facilities on Petit Jean Mountain left by Winrock International's move to new facilities in Little Rock. Existing office structures were innovatively reconfigured as museum, dining and cooking school facilities. Existing housing was provided with additional common areas for group activities. New housing was added to provide adequate space for larger conferences. This project was a highly successful team effort; Cromwell worked with landscape architects, Garvan Gardens staff, the UACDC, hospitality, hotel, and restaurant consultants.

The 17,452 SF lodge frames the corner of the conference center's garden with both a central focal point of public lobby space and private wings of guestrooms. The building works to harmonize with the site by turning the focus of the building towards its surroundings and creating spaces with a view while providing a comfortable environment.

This project is the recipient of an Outstanding New Construction in a Historic Setting Award from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.