ARKANSAS RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY PARK
“Common wisdom is that one can hire either a 'design' architect, or an architect that will produce a building that 'works'. Sadly, in many cases, this may be a necessary choice. But, it shouldn't have to be and it isn't with Forum Studio.” - William C. Morlok, Managing Member, The Enterprise Center at Arkansas Research and Technology Park
The Enterprise Center is a two-story, 60,000-square-foot laboratory/office facility developed at the Arkansas Research Technology Park in Fayetteville. In an effort to attract and retain the best research and development academics, the University of Arkansas Technology Development Foundation created this building to provide scientists with high-end laboratory space to continue their work. The site for this two-story laboratory captures the space between Genesis Center and the Innovation Center. The building’s strong vertical concrete panel and curtain wall contrasts the regular horizontal metal panel system of the adjacent Innovation Center. The vertical rhythms are obtained using random window patterns, throughout the concrete wall panels.
Space planning efforts included wet and dry lab functions, typical office use, and a two-story atrium that functions as a meeting space and is intended to host interaction and communication between tenants.
BatesForum provided design services for several tenants occupying the space, including:
- NN Labs – research laboratories focused on high-quality nanocrystals for solid state lighting, photovoltaic, and biomedicine
- APEI – clean room laboratories focused on the development and production of high density electronic circuit boards, power modules, and silicon carbide chips
- SFC Fluidics – research laboratories focused on microfluidic technologies that enable miniaturized analytical tools, laboratories-on-a-chip, clinical diagnostics and life science research instruments
- NANOMECH – breakthrough nano innovations in machining and manufacturing, lubrication and energy, biomedical implant coatings and strategic military applications
- The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) – an organization of diverse global participants that work collaboratively to build a scientific foundation that drives innovation to improve consumer product sustainability
*Originally designed by Forum Studio