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2010 Expansion News

Fayetteville Public Library To Have a New Teen Area

The Fayetteville Public Library's Board of Trustees gave the go-ahead to bid out the project to expand the Blair Library's teen section. The board is planning on spending $200,000 for the project. In addition to more space for teen book collections, young adults will have 2,530 SF space to gather. The news space will also have a computer laboratory filled with 16 Macintosh computers and 16 laptops. There will be a group study room that will be designed with sturdy tables to handle large school projects. The project is expected to be completed in December.

University of Arkansas Campus Building Undergoing $4 Million Renovation

Davis Hall on the University of Arkansas campus is undergoing renovation that includes an addition to the building. The building is located at the corner of Maple Street and Garland Ave. The building will eventually get a Silver LEED certification. The total cost for the project will be more than $4 million. The three-story, 13570 SF building was constructed in 1942 and will be 15,762 SF when completed.

Architects for the project are Franck & Lohsen Architects of Washington, DC and Robert Sharp architect Inc. of Fayetteville. Benchmark Construction of NWA INC. of Fayetteville is the general contractor. EB Landworks INC. of Fayetteville is the civil engineer and landscape architect while Johnson Mechanical Contractors Inc also of Fayetteville is doing the plumbing and HVAC work. BioBased Insulation of Fayetteville is the insulation contractor.

Money Is There for Road Projects

Over the next three years, more than $442 million is scheduled to be spent improving highways in Washington and Benton counties. The 2010-2013 Transportation Improvement Program lists all the region's projects and how much they cost. According to John McLarty, a transportation planner with the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission, the list is not a wish list, but a compilation of projects that have dedicated state, federal and local funds.

Amonst the projects that will take place in Fayetteville include widening of Arkansas 16 from College Ave to Stone Bridge Rd ($10 million), widening of Arkansas 45 to Joyce Blvd. ($15.4 million), and widening of Arkansas 265 from Joyce Blvd. to Fayetteville city limits ($15 million).