Ark. Business: AMR Construction, ALLEVATO, ASU in Mexico

The general contractor on Little Rock's troubled Main Street Lofts project has won more than $896,000 in an arbitration case. --THV11.com 04/13/16

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The general contractor on Little Rock's troubled Main Street Lofts project has won more than $896,000 in an arbitration case.    

AMR Construction of Little Rock received the award for unpaid work on the still-unfinished, three-building, 125,000 square-foot redevelopment at 510 to 524 Main St.

Manly Roberts, AMR's president, called the win a "vindication for us that we're not the reason the project cratered." Roberts pulled his workers off the job a year ago after the ownership group failed to come up with money to keep the over-budget, behind-schedule project moving.

The 34 upstairs apartments remain unfinished along with ground floor space for Ballet Arkansas and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

AMR Construction also holds a lien claim for unpaid work on Reed's still unfinished K Lofts project at 315 Main St.

That dispute is also headed for arbitration.

In northwest Arkansas, Harrison French & Associates has bought ALLEVATO Architects of Franklin, Mass.

The move will give the Bentonville architectural firm a presence in the Northeast United States.

Both HFA and ALLEVATO focus on architecture for the retail sector.

HFA is third on Arkansas Business' most recent list of largest architecture firms in Arkansas. It got its big break in retail design in the early 1990s working for the store planning department of Wal-Mart.

And finally, Arkansas State University officials said construction is on target for its campus in Queretaro, Mexico, to open to students in the fall of 2017.

The first phase of the project includes building an academic area with computer labs, a library, a student union, and labs on 87 acres of the 370-acre campus. It will also include four student residence halls and a faculty residence.

ASU has set up a private business foundation in Mexico to fund phase one's $75 million in construction. The first phase will be equipped for about 5,000 students.

A-State expect to have 1,000 students in its first year.
 


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