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University of Arkansas

Jerry & Gene Jones Family Student-Athlete Success Center

the backstory

Building on an existing relationship, the University of Arkansas worked with SLAM to design a new, free-standing student success center located in the University’s athletic precinct. The Jerry and Gene Jones Family Student-Athlete Success Center integrates multiple programs housing academic, nutritional, personal, and professional development components for more than 460 student-athletes.

at-a-glance

TYPE:
New Construction
PRACTICE:
Architecture
LOCATION:
Fayetteville, AR
STATUS:
Completed August 2015
SIZE:
50,000 SF
INSIGHT

The design team was challenged to integrate multiple program components into a single cohesive space focused on the student-athlete as a whole, supporting both their well-being and academics. Understanding the main purpose of the project: to create an integrated academic support system that focuses on the graduation of student-athletes from the University of Arkansas, offered much reward to the design process.  

SOLUTION

The project houses academic, nutritional, advisement, personal and professional development components and also includes the Razorback Leadership Academy, supporting athletes in their community outreach and campus leadership roles.

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Student-athletes have great demands on their time navigating the campus between classrooms, workouts, rehab, and practice. This facility provides ‘on-the-go’ refueling with convenient nutritional options to accommodate their hectic schedules. 

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The building’s central spine provides natural day lighting and easy access to study rooms, tutoring rooms, computer and learning labs, staff and academic counselor offices, and a 170-seat auditorium.

IMPACT

Offering integrated space that fosters healthy life choices and maximized athletic performance through nutrition, the Jerry and Gene Jones Student-Athlete Success Center proudly boasts an exciting new space focused on graduation of all student-athletes from the University of Arkansas. 

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I know what a good building looks like, I built one down in Dallas. But now THIS – this is a beautiful building… gorgeous building.

Jerry Jones
Owner, Dallas Cowboys
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Corey Miller, AIA
Project Manager
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404 443.9104
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Jacob Vagts, AIA
Lead Designer
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