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Climb Bentonville Groundbreaking Held
We were thrilled to be a part of the groundbreaking for the new Climb Bentonville facility and we are even more thrilled to build it.
From Talk Business & Politics:
The developers of a new indoor climbing, fitness and yoga facility in Bentonville say they are thrilled about their building’s proximity to a planned 70-acre public park backed by the Walton Family Foundation.
Climb Bentonville will break ground Thursday (Nov. 9) at 10 a.m. on a 22,000-square-foot facility near the corner of Arkansas Highway 102 and Southwest I Street in Bentonville.
The venue will be a branch of Tennessee-based Climb Nashville, which is partnering with Fayetteville businessman Dennis Nelms to build the two-story facility. Climb Bentonville should open in fall 2018. Climb Nashville was founded 15 years ago by Drew Sloss and Lance Brock and has two locations in the city.
Climb Bentonville will be built on a 72-acre tract at the southeast corner of Highway 102 and Southwest I Street. The land is owned by an LLC controlled by the Walton Family Foundation, and the majority of the property is being planned for development into a nature preserve project called Osage Prairie Park.
The design plan has been presented to the Bentonville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and was discussed in March. It includes removing the dam to nearby Lake Bentonville, a 20-acre park that’s a half-mile south of Highway 102. That will create a natural wetland, connecting Osage Prairie Park and the lake to the adjacent Bentonville Municipal Airport.
The playground at Lake Bentonville will also be replaced as part of a new design plan for the property, according to the city. In addition, fishing will remain, water will improve via watershed, a dock will be installed for kayaks, trails will be added, native natural grass will be planted and a small music venue and new parking lot will also be built.
“Lake Bentonville, essentially, is going to get a big facelift, at no cost to taxpayers,” said David Wright, director of the city’s parks and recreation department, which oversees Lake Bentonville. He said Osage Prairie Park will be a privately owned public park, similar to the setup of Compton Gardens and the Crystal Bridges Trail in downtown Bentonville. The new public park will join with Lake Bentonville using a boardwalk.
Budget for the new park is $1.1 million.
“As far as the public is concerned, they can use [Osage Prairie Park] just as they use any of our other public parks,” Wright said. “This will just be privately owned. At least initially.”
Wright said construction on the new park wouldn’t likely begin until the middle of or late 2018, followed by an 18-month construction timeline.
The Climb Bentonville principals are already touting the proximity to Osage Prairie Park as a key attribute of their development.
“While we looked at multiple sites, we’re happy to have landed in Bentonville, adjacent to Osage Prairie Park, and at such a visible intersection,” Brock said. “We’re excited to be opening a new climbing space in such an enthusiastically active community.”
PIVOT FROM FAYETTEVILLE
The Climb Bentonville developers originally announced plans for the venue in February 2016. They had announced construction of Climb Fayetteville at 1475 W. Drake St. near Interstate 49. Nelms bought the 2.88-acre site in 2014 for $500,000.
Nelms said he still owns the Drake Street property, and hopes to develop the site one day for a second indoor climbing facility.
“We felt like we had a better shot of making this [Bentonville] location work,” Nelms said. “My partners have two gyms in Nashville and they are targeted toward different demographics. In Bentonville, we’ll focus on offerings for a younger demographic and a family demographic, and in Fayetteville we’d focus on the college demographic.
“Northwest Arkansas is a pretty complex market, and this is the kind of thing you don’t want to get wrong,” he added. “I just felt like we would be better served to start [in Bentonville] and see how it goes and then plan for a second facility elsewhere.”
The design-build team for the Bentonville facility includes architects Audy Lack, Matt Hoffman and Shay Hawkins of Miller, Boskus, Lack Architects in Fayetteville; Scott Archer, Jeremy Calloway and Rob May of HSA Consultants in Fort Smith; Heath Rheay and Mark Dillard of Kinco Construction in Springdale; and Brahm Driver and Alison Jumper with Ecological Design Group in Rogers.
The actual climbing wall will be built by Walltopia, a global climbing wall manufacturer headquartered in Bulgaria. The facility will boast more than 16,000 square feet of climbing terrain and will feature walls measuring as high as 45 feet. The building’s two-story interior will include a workout room, yoga/fitness class space, restrooms, locker area, retail store, and kids’ climbing area. There will also be a party room for birthday parties and private events.
Memberships will include access to indoor climbing and all gym amenities, such as training equipment and group fitness classes. Day passes will also be available. Gym staff will include personal trainers for one-on-one and small group coaching. Special programs such as youth camps, after-school programs, personal climbing instruction and outdoor guiding will be available.
Private events, such as corporate team-building and kids’ birthday parties will be among the gym’s unique offerings.
Aldridge Named Constructor of the Year
Josh Aldridge has been named the 2017 Kinco Constructor of the Year. He is a project manager in the company’s Special Projects Division. Additionally, the 2017 Kinco Building Excellence Award was presented to Lodie Dixon, Jack Wallace, and Eriks Zvers. Dixon and Zvers are superintendents based out of the company’s Springdale office, while Wallace is a senior project manager based out of the company’s Little Rock office.
Medical Office Building Topping Out
A topping out ceremony was held on Thursday, August 24, 2017 for the new medical office building of the merging Arkansas Specialty Orthopaedics and OrthoArkansas. The project will be completed by March of 2018.
Ladies of Alpha Chi Omega Celebrate Groundbreaking
The ladies of Alpha Chi Omega at the University of Arkansas celebrated the groundbreaking for their new home on Thursday, August 10, 2017. This time next year they will be moving into their new home to start the 2018/2019 school year.
Methodist Family Health Groundbreaking
A groundbreaking was held today for the new 33,000 square foot Methodist Family Health Facility in Little Rock. For this design-build project, Kinco has teamed with Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects. The Kinco team consists of: Keith Jacks, project executive; Walt Jines, project manager; Shane Eoff, project coordinator; and Brad Johnson, superintendent.
Kinco is excited about this unique project and thankful for the opportunity.
Kinco Recognized for Zero Accidents in 2016
Kinco was proud to be one of the two AGC Excellence in Safety recipients to receive special recognition for having zero accidents in 2016.
Mineral Springs Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony
The Mineral Springs School District held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of the construction on their new 117,000 square foot K-12 facility. Members of the Kinco team for this project are: Marc Dillard, Project Executive; Heath Rheay, director of preconstruction; Tyson Reimer, project manager, Lodie Dixon, superintendent; and Jon Clem, project coordinator.
Kinco is excited to construct this building for the community of Mineral Springs and is thankful for the opportunity.
Grand Opening Held for UAMS Family Medical Center in Fort Smith
The grand opening of the 31,000 square foot UAMS Family Medical Center in Fort Smith was held on Tuesday. The Kinco project team was Keith Jacks – Project Executive, Jack Wallace – Project Manager, Mark Fulmer – Superintendent, and Landon Jones – Assistant Superintendent. The architect was WER Architects. Many thanks to the UAMS team in Fort Smith and in Little Rock for their efforts and teamwork that helped to make this project to be such a great success. Click HERE for additional photos from the event.
Cane Hill College Set To Open
Since 2013, about $4 million has been spent to save Cane Hill, said Bobby Braly, executive director of Historic Cane Hill Inc.
“Ten years from now, this little town would have been gone,” Braly said. “We do think of the town as a museum. Our closest analog is Historic Washington State Park near Hope.”
Bypassed by major highways, like many small towns in Arkansas, Cane Hill was drying up, and its historic buildings were in decay.
Unlike other Arkansas towns, though, Cane Hill is unique in its circumstance.
Settled by Cumberland Presbyterians in 1827, Cane Hill is the site of Arkansas’ first public school, library, Sunday school and college that admitted women, according to the “Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture.”
With 16 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, Cane Hill “is home to one of the densest concentrations of significant historic architecture in the state,” according to a town brochure.
Such things didn’t go unnoticed by Tim Leach, a Texas oilman with Arkansas roots. Leach is chief executive of Concho Resources Inc. of Midland, Texas.
Born in Fayetteville in 1959, Leach spent most of his adolescence in Houston. His father, Jerry Leach, worked for Shell Oil Co.
The family moved to New York, Ohio, Louisiana and Colorado before Tim Leach was in the sixth grade. But the family always returned to Arkansas to visit relatives around Cane Hill and Dutch Mills, which is 8 miles to the west. Both sets of Tim Leach’s grandparents lived in the area, along with aunts, uncles and cousins.
“I’m related to everybody up there,” he said. “My grandmother rode her horse from Dutch Mills to Cane Hill to go to school.”
Having a home base in Arkansas was important to Leach.
“We moved so much, that was my identity,” he said. “That’s who I thought of myself as. All my relatives were such wonderful people. You thought of yourself as being one of them.”
Leach said he has visited Cane Hill many times during his life. His parents retired to the area in the 1980s. While driving around Cane Hill, Leach said the idea began to jell that it was ripe for restoration. He soon found others with a similar interest, but Leach had the resources to put the plan into action.
The group formed Historic Cane Hill Inc. and hired Braly, a Lincoln native, to oversee the restoration efforts.
The group has restored four of the town’s most famous structures, including the two-story brick building that once housed Cane Hill College. The building, which dates to 1886, will be dedicated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon Saturday. Public tours will follow.
With the $1.4 million restoration of the college, the Italianate building was returned to the way it looked before it was renovated in 1931.
The original doorways returned. Depression-era windows once again became solid brick walls.
Twenty-four blocks of concrete stabilized the foundation.
“One of the walls was kind of moving out,” Leach said. “I think we would have lost it if we had waited much longer.”
The college building is a mixture of the old (it contains the first three light fixtures in Cane Hill) and the new (modern kitchen, bathrooms and central air conditioning). Braly said the building can serve as a place for meetings or events.
WER Architects/Planners of Little Rock did the architecture for the college building restoration. Kinco Constructors of Little Rock and Springdale was the builder.
Restoration work was completed earlier on three other Cane Hill buildings: the Methodist Manse, the 1900 A.R. Carroll building and the 1940s Shaker Yates Grocery building, which houses the Cane Hill Museum.
Braly said he’s not sure of the date on the manse. The National Register nomination indicates that it was built in 1834, but other documents put the date at 1859.
Northwest Arkansas’ economic boom has largely bypassed Cane Hill. The unincorporated community is on a quiet stretch of Arkansas 45. Braly said the only through traffic that Cane Hill gets comes from Stilwell, Okla., 19 miles to the west.
On a quiet Tuesday night in Cane Hill, among the occasional pickups on the highway, a white limousine passed through town. Braly said a family down the road has so many kids that it bought a used limo to haul them around.
Beside the college building, next to the bell tower, is a flat expanse of ground that was once the basketball court for the Cane Hill Blue Arrows junior and senior high teams. Braly said a makeshift goal was attached to a tree trunk, and teams from nearby schools would go there to play outdoor games on the grass court.
If Cane Hill had grown like Prairie Grove, which is 8 miles to the northeast on the more heavily traveled U.S. 62, half of Cane Hill’s 16 Historic Register buildings would probably have been lost to development and deferred maintenance, Braly said.
“Cane Hill was at the point that we were either going to save it, or it was going to go away in a short period of time,” Leach said.
Braly said Cane Hill School began in 1834. It evolved into Cane Hill Collegiate Institute in 1850 and finally Cane Hill College in 1852, the same year Cane Hill Female Seminary began in the community of Clyde, 1.5 miles to the south.
Most of Cane Hill College was burned by Union troops during the Civil War. The college closed during the war and reopened in 1865. A decade later, it merged with Cane Hill Female Seminary.
A course catalog from 1876-77 indicates that Cane Hill College students were studying Greek, Latin, history, literature, calculus, chemistry, geometry, trigonometry, zoology and astronomy, in addition to other classes such as “Evidences of Christianity” and “Moral Philosophy.” There was also an engineering department that offered courses on “Roads and Railroads” and other practical matters.
Only one of the four buildings at Cane Hill College survived the war, but it was burned in 1885 by a moonshiner who was run out of town, according to legend.
It was rebuilt the next year as the two-story brick building that exists today. Classes began there in 1887. About five years later, Cane Hill College closed, and the main building served as a public school until the 1950s.
When Cane Hill College ceased operations in 1891, its successor, Arkansas Cumberland College, was established in Clarksville. In 1920, the name was changed to the College of the Ozarks, and in 1987 the school was renamed University of the Ozarks.
Metro on 05/12/2017
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