Architects pitch designs for Jonesboro sports complex

Published: Nov. 16, 2022 at 7:04 AM CST
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The steering committee for the Jonesboro sports complex has narrowed down its architectural companies to three.

The selected company will work closely with the committee and the community to help design the new complex.

Representatives of the three companies received 45 minutes each Tuesday evening to present their ideas to the steering committee.

Kevin Hodges, chairman of the committee, said they are looking to break dirt on the complex sometime next summer. He added that picking the right architectural company is a very important part of the process.

“This is a grassroots community facility that will be here for decades,” said Hodges.

Each firm has its own strengths and weaknesses. The committee listened and took notes on each one.

“Along with the experience, and with the fact that they want to become a partner and be part of the fabric of our community,” said Hodges.

The companies had their own ideas and presented them all differently, hitting on specific points that caught the attention of the audience.

Each firm also referred to previous projects they had worked on as well as the projects’ main focus, which included:

  • brg3s and Populus (Memphis, TN)
    • Helped design the new Memphis Sports & Events Center
    • Focused on economic development
  • HKS (Richmond, VA)
    • Worked on the indoor baseball facility at the University of Arkansas.
    • Focused on design
  • Hastings-Chivetta (St. Louis, MO) and Crafton Tull (Little Rock, AR)
    • Worked on the Rogers Aquatics Center
    • Focused on aquatics

The committee will vote on the presentations on Thursday, Nov. 17.

This will give each member time to balance each company’s strengths and weaknesses and come to an educated decision on which company will head the project.

The proposed site for the sports complex is located at Race Street and McClellan Drive.

The 200,000-square-foot facility would include basketball courts, turf fields, and an indoor aquatics area, complete with a 50-meter pool, diving boards, spectator seating, and a warm-up pool with a splash pad. Additionally, a 22,000-square-foot outdoor aquatics is in the works.