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
Print Headline: At Cane Hill, restored 1886 college building set to open
UARK Federal Credit Union Open for Business
The recently completed UARK Federal Credit Union in Fayetteville is open for business.
UAMS Clinic Progressing
Progress continues on the UAMS Family Medical Clinic in Fort Smith. It will be completed this summer.
Phase II of The District Underway
Phase II of The District Shops in Rogers is underway.
Stribling Equipment Underway
The construction of the new Stribling Equipment facility on I-30 in Little Rock is underway…
Work Continues at Historic Cane Hill
Kinco’s work continues at Historic Cane Hill, as the restoration of the exterior of the Methodist manse (minister’s residence) got underway this week.
From the Historic Cane Hill website: Based on local history and the Manse’s 1980’s uncited National Register nomination form, the Methodist congregation constructed the Manse in 1834. At some time before the Civil War, they constructed a second church and converted this structure to a minister’s residence. During the Civil War, the Manse reportedly served as the headquarters for Union General James Blount during the nearby battles of Cane Hill and Prairie Grove, and as a hospital. After the war, the Manse again served as a residence for the Methodist minister. In 1904 the Methodist Church in Cane Hill disbanded. The building continued to be used as a private, non-church related residence through the 1990’s, with a number of alternations made to the building, including a rear addition, a second story, doorways along the rear wall, and an additional window added on its south and west walls
Kinco Starts Project at UALR
Kinco is excited to start a project on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Henderson State Caddo Center
The Kinco Special Projects Division recently completed an exterior renovation of the Caddo Center on the campus of Henderson State University. Pictures: http://tinyurl.com/jya5qa4
SAU Student Housing
The student housing at Southern Arkansas University is moving along quite smoothly. As planned, students moved into Columbia Hall last week and Magnolia Hall will be finished soon. The project has battled an inordinate amount of rain throughout, but schedules have still been met by the Kinco team.
UAMS West Project Rises from the Ground
The UAMS West Family Medical Clinic in Fort Smith is starting to rise from the ground and take shape…
Finishing Touches being done on Lambda Chi House
Finishing touches are being done to the Lambda Chi Alpha house renovation at the University of Arkansas campus and it will be ready for the new school year.
SAU Student Housing Progressing
Great progress is being made on the student housing facilities at Southern Arkansas University.
Central High School Entrance Restoration Nearly Complete
The Kinco Special Projects Division has almost completed the restoration of the main windows and doors at the historic Little Rock Central High School
Roller Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Dr. Josh Roller and his staff celebrated their open house Tuesday evening and officially debuted their state-of-the-art facility. The come-and-go event was a huge success with more than 150 people in attendance for the formal ribbon cutting. The festivity featured facility tours of the award-winning building, former patients, weight loss program education and a meet-and-greet with physicians and patients.
“I want to thank everyone who came to our event and celebrated with us. We genuinely appreciate your support and are excited to work in this community,” Roller said. “I feel very blessed and honored to do what I love. My staff and patients are the reason I enjoy this job so much.”
RWL is one of the premier weight loss surgery centers in the country and features the only team of fellowship-trained surgeons in the entire region. They are located in Fayetteville, Fort Smith and now Rogers, Arkansas – their newest location.
The newest building in Little Rock’s Creative Corridor… 301 Main.
UAMS Breaks Ground on Clinic in Fort Smith
A groundbreaking ceremony was held today for the new University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Family Medical Center in Fort Smith. Kinco is thrilled to be a part of this vital project for UAMS, the Fort Smith region and the entire State of Arkansas.
Click HERE for more information on the project.
Click HERE for additional pictures from the groundbreaking.
Roller Weight Loss Project Successfully Completed
Another successful project has been completed by Kinco: The Roller Weight Loss & Advanced Surgery facility in Fayetteville is a state of the art building and we were honored to construct it for them. It was also great to complete another successful project with Miller Boskus Lack Architects.
Groundbreaking for The District Shops Held Today
Arvest on Kiehl Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Arvest held a ribbon cutting ceremony for their newly renovated branch on Kiehl Avenue in Sherwood. We are proud to be partners with such an outstanding bank.
Fulk Building Rehabilitation
The rehabilitation of the Fulk Building on Main Street in downtown Little Rock was a challenge, but it was an extremely rewarding and award winning challenge. The building now serves as the Little Rock office for CJRW. View pictures of the project HERE.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for DFJ 14 Bay Hangar
Kinco was honored to to have served as the general contractor for the construction of the 243,965 square foot 14 bay hangar for Dassault Falcon Jet. In September of 2014 the groundbreaking ceremony was held for the facility and yesterday the ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the facility.
Baseball & Track Time Lapse Video
Check out this construction time lapse video of the Fowler Family Baseball and Track Training Center at the University of Arkansas that was built by Kinco: https://youtu.be/LnnIk_AZV-w
Phase Two of Rhower Coming to a Close
Phase two of the Rhower Relocation Camp Memorial Cemetery project is quickly coming to a close. To learn more about Rohwer vist: http://rohwer.astate.edu/
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Gwatzilla
The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony today for Gwatney’s new car wash and lube facility – Gwatzilla.
Kinco Enjoying Wide Array of JOC Work
Kinco has enjoyed a wide array of Job Order Contracting (JOC) projects, as of late. Kinco is an approved JOC contractor for the University of Arkansas System and for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville’s individual JOC program. Pictured above is a shot of a recently completed lighting upgrade job at the University of Arkansas Randal Tyson Track Center. The building was originally constructed by Kinco.
South Side School District Welcomes New Fine Arts Building
The South Side Bee Branch School District has a new 25,000 square foot fine arts building with seating for over 900 people. It is a pre-engineered metal building with a standing seam roof and glass storefront. The auditorium will also be available to the community.
Kinco would like to thank Superintendent Billy Jackson and the South Side Bee Branch School Board for their continued trust in us to provide construction services to the district.
Wesley Foundation Gets Underway
Kinco is excited to be a part of the new Wesley Foundation at the University of Arkansas and we are thankful for our continued relationship with Central United Methodist Church.
Lambda Chi Alpha Renovation Groundbreaking
We were excited to be a part of the groundbreaking for the major renovation of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house at the University of Arkansas. It took a lot of dedication by all parties involved to get to this point and we were glad to provide our expert preconstruction services to assist with the process. Now we will all see that hard work pay off.