William J. Clinton Presidential Center & Park
Little Rock, Arkansas
William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation
Located on a 30-acre public park along the Arkansas River in downtown Little Rock, this 150,000 SF building houses the museum, archives and public policy center of President William J. Clinton.
The main body of the center hovers over the ground plane extending out toward the river. The interior includes a 240-foot-long, naturally lit permanent exhibition hall with exhibit gallery, education and media center, great hall and café. Several ornamental stairs of stone, glass, wood and stainless steel are featured throughout the building.
The design of the center includes elements that contribute to achieving a level of sustainable design. These include low-flow plumbing fixtures, the use of rapidly renewable and regional materials, and occupant and air sensors to control lighting and environmental conditions. The highly efficient heating and cooling system consists of seasonally alternating radiant heating and absorptive cooling piping in the floor slabs combined with displacement cooling in the 30-foot-tall museum space. A 50 kW photovoltaic solar array on the roof of the Archive Building helps provide electricity for the center, which attained certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Green Building Rating System.
Polshek’s Kevin McClurkan (architect design firm for the Center) said that “CDI was so far out ahead of all the coordination and potential problems on the jobsite that by the time any of the major subs came to do work, there were no major problems.”