The Stadium Drive Residence Halls featured on Architects Newspaper

Boston, MA – November 29, 2017 – The Stadium Drive Residence Halls, a 202,027-square-foot,
708-bed facility at the University of Arkansas, is the nation’s first large-scale mass timber residence
hall project and living learning setting. A design collaborative led by Leers Weinzapfel Associates
(Boston), Modus Studio (Fayetteville, AR), Mackey Mitchell Architects (St. Louis), and OLIN
(Philadelphia), created the project, now under construction. Crafted with a palette of timber, glass, and
metal, it is a bold demonstration of sustainability that signifies a path to potential economic
development for Arkansas’s burgeoning timber industry.


While most of the university’s campus is located atop Fayetteville’s McIlroy Hill, the new residence
halls occupy a prominent place at its base on the southern end of campus, marking the start of a
larger living learning district. The project’s linear 4-acre site slopes from north to south. Set within this
relatively small space, a housing group with a serpentine band of student rooms defines three
protected and distinctive courtyard spaces. Configured to create a dynamic environment that fosters
student collaboration and interactive learning focused on architecture, design, and the arts, the project
is shaped by the concept of “a cabin in the woods” nestled in a densely planted buffer zone that
provides a new university gateway.


The northern building includes a “front porch” that is the key entry point of the complex; the “cabin” at
the passage’s midpoint is the main gathering space, including a community kitchen, lounges, a quiet
hearth, and a rooftop terrace. The “workshops” of the lower courtyard comprise performance spaces,
music and recording studios, and “maker spaces” for creating and building. Rooms are arranged in
wings containing semi-suites for two students and pods for six to eight students. Large study rooms
with generous windows at the end of each wing create a series of “lanterns” along Stadium Drive.
Two-story lounges at the buildings’ inner corners provide spaces for community interaction between
the upper and lower floors as well as residential kitchens.


The warmth of the project’s exposed structural wood ceilings is present in student rooms, study
rooms, floor lounges, and ground-floor common spaces, and is enhanced by wood columns
throughout. The “cabin” also includes a wood ceiling and trusses that span the full width of the lounge
spaces.


Exteriors feature a light metal jacket of zinc-toned siding with accent panels of textured copper-toned
and white siding that creates a floating band of living space above the natural landscape of trees,
lawns, terraces, and sitting steps. A showcase of Northwest Arkansas’s native ecology, the project’s landscape design provides a direct extension of the interior program, expanding available space and
creating a greater range of landscape experiences for the students. A ground-level passage winds
through the site, moving through courtyards and under the facility.


“The interwoven building and landscaped courtyards, terraces, and lawns; the beauty of timber
structure and spaces; and the excitement of performing arts and workshop facilities will make this
newest campus residential community a destination and a magnet,” says Andrea P. Leers, FAIA,
Principal, Leers Weinzapfel Associates.


"The combined talents of the Stadium Drive Residence Halls design collaborative make this landmark
project a vibrant learning environment for the University of Arkansas's creative student communities,”
says Peter MacKeith, Dean and Professor of Architecture, Fay Jones School of Architecture and
Design. “The design's innovative employment of mass timber construction demonstrates the
university's commitment to environmental sustainability and to the potentials of ‘value-added’
responsible economic development for the state's primary natural resource."

Expected completion for the project is fall 2019.

Will is the Lead Designer and Project Manager for The Stadium Drive Residence Halls at OLIN.

Pennovation wins AIA PHL Merit Award

Pennovation Center has recently been awarded an Merit Award by AIA Philadelphia - click the image above for the full list of winners. Congratilations to HWKN and KSS Architects Will was the Lead Designer and Project Manager for Pennovation while at Land Collective

Pennovation Center has recently been awarded an Merit Award by AIA Philadelphia - click the image above for the full list of winners. Congratilations to HWKN and KSS Architects

Will was the Lead Designer and Project Manager for Pennovation while at Land Collective

University of Arkansas Residences to be Built out of Wood

The Stadium Drive Residential Hall Community was recently featured on Arkansas Online. Click the image above to read more about the integration of Advanced Timber Techonology into the project.

The Stadium Drive Residential Hall Community transforms what was a 5-acre parking lot into a vibrant new residence and outdoor living space for students and visitors to enjoy. The University of Arkansas selected OLIN, in collaboration with Leers Weinzapfel, Mackey Mitchell & Modus Studio, to transform this new part of the campus into a destination for student residential life. The site design integrates the new residential dorms into steep terrain while untangling access to a series of disconnected buildings, service areas, and the arena. The project utilizes the natural topography of the site to separate service areas from pedestrian gathering spaces which allows mechanical and utilities to be hidden out of view. The design provides a cohesive landscape typology that links the dorms to the central campus and emulates the landscape ecology of the native Ozark Plateau of Northwest Arkansas.

The site design intricately weaves sinuous pathways between existing stands of mature oak trees to provide much needed shade for the new residents to enjoy warmer months outdoors. Undulating landforms, rock outcroppings and drifts of native planting extend the vernacular of the Oak Ridge Trail down into the project area, creating comfortable places for people. Stormwater infiltration is carefully integrated into the grading and captures runoff from paved areas and buildings.

The design for new residential community provides a cascading series of outdoor spaces that provide students and visitors with different opportunities to engage and gather.  Stepped seating areas allow for community events in the Central Plaza while more intimate spaces encourage thoughtful study outdoors. The site design incorporates outdoor WiFi and strategically placed power sources for convenient studying opportunities.

Will is the Lead Designer and Project Manager for the Stadium Drive Residence Halls at OLIN.

Client | The University of Arkansas

Design Architect | Leers Weinzapfel Associates

Interior Architect I Mackey Mitchell Associates

Architect of Record | MODUS Studio

Landscape Architecture & Urban Design | OLIN

Civil Engineering | DCI

Lighting Design | Randy Burkett

Green Roof Consultant | OMNI Ecosystems

 

Cummins Distribution HQ wins Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce Monumental Award

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Will was the Lead Designer and Project Manager for Cummins Global Distribution Headquarters while at Land Collective

Cummins Global Distribution Headquarters featured on Dezeen

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Will was the Lead Designer and Project Manager for Cummins Global Distribution Headquarters while at Land Collective

Will to Speak at Virginia Tech on September 8th

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The Hills at Vallco shortlisted for World Architecture Festival Awards

Image Credit: Rafael Vinoly Associates

Image Credit: Rafael Vinoly Associates

The Hills at Vallco was nominated for World Architecture Festival Award in the Future Master Planning Category. The award finalists will present their projects to judges at the festival in Berlin, Germany on 15-17 November; winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on the last evening of the event. More information on the awards here.

Will is the Project Manager for the Hills at Vallco at OLIN.

Mill River Park revitalization spurs business at neighboring establishments

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Cummins Global Distribution HQ Featured in Architectural Record

Image Credit: Nicholas Forari Denney

Image Credit: Nicholas Forari Denney

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Will was the Lead Designer and Project Manager for Cummins Global Distribution HQ while at Land Collective.

Pennovation Wins Honor for Preservation

Congratulations to the University of Pennsylvania and HWKN and KSS Architects for being awarded the 2017 Preservation Achievement Grand Jury Award.

Will was the Lead Designer and Project Manager while at Land Collective.

Alexandria Waterfront: BAR Approves Permit to Demolish Old Dominion Boat Club

The next milestone for the Alexandria Waterfront Master Plan has been realized as the Old and Historic Alexandria District Review Board has approved demolition of 1 King Street, where the Old Dominion Boat Club currently resides. Once the Boat Club has moved to their new location along The Strand, the existing building will be demolished to make way for Fitzgerald Square, which will provide 180 degrees views and public access to the waterfront at the foot of King Street.

For more information on the OLIN design for AWF click here.

The Hills at Vallco wins at MIPIM 

Image: RVA/OLIN

Image: RVA/OLIN

The Hills at Vallco recently won a MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards for Mixed Use Development in Cannes, France. The winners of the 16th AR MIPIM Future Project Awards were announced yesterday during the largest gathering of architects at MIPIM at the JW Marriott in Cannes, South of France.

The architectural industry elite came together from across the globe for a night of unrivaled networking and celebration of the world’s best future designs. The awards are a celebration of architectural excellence in un-built or forthcoming projects spanning 11 categories. All entries were assessed by an international jury chaired by Paul Finch, Editorial Director, The Architectural Review & The Architects’ Journal.

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Old Town Alexandria's BID effort has a timeline toward reality

"Architect Judy Noritake, a principal at Noritake Associates and an owner of the Prince Street building where her business is located, said it is the attention to the waterfront that has convinced her that the time is right for a BID. She had strong objections when the idea was raised in 2009, as she did not see much benefit for businesses not located on King Street..Things have changed, though."

Cummins Global Distribution Headquarters honored by AIANY

Image Credit: Nicholas Forari Denney

Image Credit: Nicholas Forari Denney

Cummins Global Distribution Headquarters is a 5 acre urban campus in the heart of Downtown Indy. The project focuses on a vision of creating a calibrated architecture and a cohesive landscape typology that is performative and environmentally responsible. The project ambitiously collects, treats and reuses all stormwater that falls on the site. The site design consists of sinuous paths and gathering areas nested in swaths of meadows and native woodlands, creating an comfortable place for people and a landscape ecology reminiscent of the native Midwest.  In Collaboration with Deborah Berke Partners and Ratio Architects.

See all of the honored projects on ArchDaily

Will was the Lead Designer and Project Manager on Cummins Global Distribution Headquarters while at Land Collective.

 

 

Pennovation Earns LEED Gold Certification

Pennovation Center was recently awarded LEED Gold Certification. The project resuscitated an urban industrial campus into a 21st century think tank. The stormwater design incorporates a multi stage treatment approach. The design channels stormwater from roads and parking areas into rain gardens filled with native plants for infiltration. During major storm events, rain garden overflows are diverted to a large detention facility, treating all stormwater prior to releasing to the Schuykill River. The project has also converted 3.5 acres of lawn into native meadow creating much needed habitat for urban flora and fauna.

Will was the Lead Designer and Project Manager on Pennovation while at Land Collective.

With a new fallen snow Cummins DBU opens it's doors!

Image: Michelle Pemberton/Indy Star

Image: Michelle Pemberton/Indy Star

Click the above link to an excellent article and series of images and videos featuring Deborah Berke and Odili Donald Odita.

Image: Michelle Pemberton/Indy Star   Note: Will was the Lead Designer and Project Manager on Cummins while at Land Collective

Image: Michelle Pemberton/Indy Star  

Note: Will was the Lead Designer and Project Manager on Cummins while at Land Collective

Pennovation featured in WIRED Magazine

Pennovation was recently featured in WIRED's list of '25 Masterpieces that Prove 2016 was an Incredible Year for Architecture'! 

Note: Will was the Lead Designer & Project Manager for Pennovation Works while at Land Collective.

Inside the New Cummins Indy Distribution Headquarters

Click the above link to see a animation of Cummins Indianapolis Distribution Headquarters in anticipation of the Grand Opening!

Note: Will was the Lead Designer and Project Manager on Cummins while at Land Collective

Brownstein + Selkowitz Carousel takes shape at Mill River Park

Photo: Mill River Collaborative

Photo: Mill River Collaborative