Jackson, Mississippi-based Duvall Decker Architects have unveiled designs for a expansive municipal campus for the city of Springdale, Arkansas. When completed, the 120,000-square-foot complex will consolidate a number of municipal departments in order to better serve the surrounding community.
The project will include a much-needed new police facility, a state district court, and also encompass a renovated city administrative building. Springdale has seen a massive population increase in the last 20 years, and the current 43,000-square-foot city building can no longer handle the needs of the city. The police force has also grown from a staff of 75 to 200 in that time, and the court now hears an additional 20,000 more cases per year. Understanding that the city may continue to grow, Duvall Decker’s design allows for future additions.
The new campus will fit into an earlier master plan, which has guided the revival of the city’s downtown. That master plan is designed to connect a number of civic and recreational green spaces, including a bike trail that connects Fayetteville to Bentonville through Springdale. The new municipal complex will sit along this corridor, and will be the anchor for a new civic hub in the city.
Duvall Decker were awarded a 2017 Architectural League Emerging Voices award and have worked extensively on civic and cultural buildings throughout the South. Currently working through the planning phases of the project, Duvall Decker worked with public safety and court consultants from Dewberry Architects and partnered with local firm Hight Jackson Associates.