Winthrop Rockefeller Institute


January, 2008


Petit Jean Mountain, Arkansas


Winthrop Rockefeller Institute – University of Arkansas System


Cromwell Architects Engineers


70,000 sf

The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute's vision is to serve as a world-class convening center using leading-edge conference technology, contributing to discussion and exploration of strategic matters of local, national and global policy or of matters of significant, scientific, cultural or other academic interest.

To pursue that goal, a $12.9 million renovation and expansion project was undertaken. The construction schedule was phased so that no meetings or accommodations would be interrupted.

Key elements of the renovation/expansion project included:

Renovation of 30,000 SF office space into:

  • New classrooms
    • Expanded food service and kitchen space
    • Theaters
    • Historical gallery
    • Gift shop
    • Library
  • Renovation of the studio, main dining hall, boathouse and original lobby
  • Construction of a new lobby and restroom area
  • Construction of indoor/outdoor barn for horticultural, cattle management, archeological and arts programs
  • Construction of demonstration and memorial garden
  • Creation of butterfly gardens, water features and pedestrian walkways
  • Updating guestrooms
  • Construction of new infrastructure including self-contained wastewater treatment plant, a new entrance road and new environmentally friendly parking areas


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