Studio 6 Architects is a forward thinking design practice, offering our clients fresh and innovative solutions that respond to context, are environmentally sustainable, and provide our clients with relevant and enduring projects. Founded in 1919, we have over a century of history behind us, and are looking for clients and projects that will help us build the foundation for the next 100 years. As designers, we believe that successful architecture is possible for all clients. Design is a process in which study leads to exercises in trial and error, which results in creative and bold solutions to unique situations. You provide the vision and we can provide the answer. As architects we believe we have a responsibility both to our clients and the community at large. Let’s do projects that are a benefit to both. Let’s make our communities more livable.
Ever since our firm’s founding in 1919, we have been an Arkansas firm. For the past 103 years our firm has been committed to providing design excellence and client oriented professional services. We look forward to continuing that tradition. Studio 6 Architects is a team of experienced architects with a long history of successful projects in Arkansas and the surrounding regions. Our studio space is designed to foster a collaborative design process that allows our cumulative talents to come together and produce projects with our clients, for which we can both be proud.
We have experience in most building types. We pride ourselves on our ability to listen and learn from owners, stakeholders, and the community at large. Studio 6 Architects is known as a firm that will vigorously defend your project goals, budget, and schedule. We complete our projects on time and on budget. We have relationships with familiar and equally experienced local consultants who share our goals for successful projects and satisfied clients.
Some Recent Projects
At Studio 6, we work with a wide variety of clients in many areas, including civic, corporate, education, healthcare, military, religious, and residential. We are know for completing our projects on budget and on schedule. Take a look at a few of our favorite projects.
Studio 6 Architects provided full architectural services for Evangel Temple’s new Dino Hutchings Worship Center. The DHWC includes an 875-seat worship space and a 200 seat children’s worship space. The fellowship space includes a café and fireplace for gatherings before and after worship. The children’s building includes a nursery area, story-time nook, and 12 Sunday school classrooms.
Studio 6 Architects was hired by the Mercy System to provide full architectural services for an addition to the system hospital in Ozark. The design was to follow the established design language that many our region have come to associate with Mercy facilities. The design required the demolition of the oldest part of the hospital but replaced it with nearly 19,000 square feet of new and replacement program spaces. At schematic design phase, Studio6Architects provided rendered images and a schematic level floor plan for the hospital administrators to use to garner community support for the project.
Studio 6 Architects provided full architectural services on this, the fourth project for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkoma, and only the second stand-alone Ronald McDonald House in Arkansas. The Ronald McDonald House provides free accommodations for families of pediatric patients, and is less than a minute’s walk away from the NIC Unit in the adjacent hospital. The House is designed in a residential style, giving the families a familiar refuge from the institutional environment of the hospital. The House features 11 bedrooms, each one with a private bathroom. There is a common laundry room, and a kitchen and dining area. With the intent to allow families to stay together, twin beds are provided in some of the rooms, and a playroom and playground are provided for the children. The House is extensively landscaped, with a serenity garden providing a quiet get away for the parents.
Studio 6 Architects provided full architectural services on this redevelopment of a WWII era warehouse building in the Chaffee Crossing Redevelopment District. The design left exposed the existing timber framing and added in contemporary touches like glass office fronts, which creates a dramatic open office area. The original wood flooring was retained in as many places as possible.
Studio 6 Architects provided design services for this revitalization of an important downtown landmark. The former Shipley Bakery building on S. 7th Street is now owned by KMW Properties and has been redeveloped into an multi-use site known as The Bakery District. Phase One created event and meeting spaces and included a full commercial kitchen. Phase Two converted old warehouse space into a tenant space for Fort Smith Coffee Company. Phase Three remodeled former bakery spaces into educational and faculty offices for the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. The design blends features of the old industrial design with new modern touches. The easily recognizable silos off of S. 7th Street have been repainted with a mural during a recent Unexpected event. An extensive, partially covered outdoor patio features food trucks for daily meals and offers space for three-season outdoor events.
Studio 6 Architects was proud to team with 64.6 Downtown in bringing Gateway Park to Fort Smith. The park is located at the intersection of Garrison Avenue and Rogers Avenue. The park features a statue of Judge Isaac C. Parker and serves as a welcome point for visiting downtown Fort Smith and the National Historic Site. This was Studio6Architects third statue project in downtown, having also designed the sites and bases for the Bass Reeves and General Darby monuments.
Studio 6 Architects provided full architectural services for this new project which replaced a long-outdated structure on the County-owned property on Coker Street in Greenwood. The facility is a 3-bay drive thru design, allowing parking for up to six emergency vehicles. A turnout gear space allows for efficient loading of vehicles and quick departure times. Decontamination and laundry rooms are immediately off of the parking bays, providing a barrier between the workspace and the living spaces. The design included six private bedrooms, 2 private bathrooms, and a large open kitchen / dining / living area. Site work included demolition of two existing structures.
In partnership with Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects, Studio 6 Architects provided full architectural services for this new fire station located on the east side of Fort Smith in Chaffee Crossing. This facility features three apparatus bays, eight sleeping rooms, and a training room. Designed with a mix of natural stone, fiber cement siding, and standing seam metal roofing, the facility blends and adheres to the strict building standards of Chaffee Crossing. The construction budget included a new city street on the east side of the site.
This project for a long-time client gave Studio 6 Architects the opportunity to lead a design project on a stunning site overlooking the Arkansas River on the east side of Fort Smith. The four-bedroom, two story home was completely custom designed by a team of professionals and included landscape work by Alaback Design and interior artwork by Ralph Irwin Studios. A large four car garage wing features an artist / music studio and an expansive game room. A large outdoor entertainment area with a pool and cabana takes in the magnificent views.
Studio 6 Architects was hired in 2016 to provide a design to update the first and second floors of the historic First National Bank building. A landmark in downtown, the building features an ornamented glazed brick exterior that would still be recognizable to those who first built it over 100 years ago.
Unfortunately, most of the original detailing of the interior has either been lost or covered up. Studio 6 Architects was tasked with uncovering what parts of this lost past that still exist, and to unite those with an updated design that would be attractive to 21st century customers. Our design removed the 1970’s era fiberglass pan ceiling. The exposed original decorated ceiling beams and column capitals were restored. The original marble clad teller stations remain but are accompanied by new private customer service offices clad in sleek, modern lines and materials
This skilled nursing facility was designed by Studio 6 Architects as a 100-bed facility and is convertible to a 116-bed facility. This facility is situated on an eight-acre parcel of property with great attention to landscaping features and outdoor spaces for the residents. The building is designed with three major bed wings and allows for a future memory care wing addition that will boost the total bed count by 16. The bed wings are situated around a central services area with Dining, Activities and Administrative Offices. The Medicare Wing is self-supportive and includes its own Dining Space, Central Bathing Unit, and Spa. This wing also has direct access to the Therapy Unit. Resident Wing corridors are 10 feet in width with vaulted ceilings. Each Resident Wing also has a sitting area midway down the Corridor for Residents to congregate.
The owner of an oil and gas exploration company requested Studio 6 Architects to design a new building that would stand as a monument to his father, who founded the family-owned company. Additionally, the building should reward long-time employees and serve to attract qualified engineers and geologists to an area not known as a center for the oil and gas industry. Located on a downtown block shared by their existing facility, the building should be a standout among nearby government buildings and numerous law offices. The client requested an enclosed courtyard to screen the noise from a major street that wraps two sides of the site. A brick and rock exterior provides the rich texture desired by the client, with heavy timber brackets supporting a deep overhang. Together with heavy timber entry porticos, these features call to mind the Canadian lodges frequented by the client. The interior basks in the warmth of extensive mahogany trim and earth tone color schemes, and features stone and brick accents, high ceilings, and original art and light fixtures collected by the client. Each employee has a private office with a large glass front in a heavy mahogany frame. The executive office area has a timber trussed wood plank ceiling. Employee amenities include well-appointed break and fitness rooms. From each, arched doorways open directly onto the landscaped courtyard, from beneath a timber trellis. The 7,800 square foot courtyard features natural rock pavers, a rock waterfall, comfortable seating areas, all screened from the street by a rock and wood timber fence.
As a response to the social distancing measures instituted at the downtown Bus Transit Station, Studio 6 Architects was asked to design a free-standing canopy to shelter riders as they waited for and then loaded buses. At nearly 200 feet long the canopy provides room for distancing and for up to five buses. The canopy consists of traditionally styled cantilevered frames, recalling the adjacent Transit Station, also a Studio 6 Architects’ project.
Studio 6 Architects is providing full architectural services for this new project in downtown Fort Smith. The historic New Theatre (also known as the old Malco Theater) is now owned by 64.6 Downtown and development is being planned to reopen as the New Theatre Center for Performing Arts and Education. The facility will provide space to promote, create, and inspire artistic excellence for young artists. Studio 6 Architects have assembled an experienced team of theatrical consultants and construction managers to revitalize this important historic property. The impact on the surround downtown area will be significant. The project included not only the historic theater but the three adjacent buildings on 10th street. The project has completed schematic design and 64.6 is raising additional funding to continue planning.
The Civil Engineering Squadron Headquarters focused on being a secure, sustainable, highly functioning, low maintenance facility that unites administrative & training areas with those for equipment & supplies, while increasing overall base security. This project was a true design-build for the Air National Guard and fully commissioned. The owner’s goal was to achieve LEED Silver. The project was certified LEED Gold. This project also received a 2011 Design Build Award Mid-America Region from the Design Build Institute of America.
This youth outreach center includes an auditorium (with state-of-the-art sound, video and lighting systems) that seats 400, a basketball court that doubles as an additional assembly space, a rock-climbing wall, an internet café and an electronic and traditional games area. Bold graphics and LED lighting highlight the interior space.
Constructed at the Zero Street entrance to Ben Geren Park, this tornado shelter serves the growing neighborhoods in the area. It also provides an office space for park maintenance and is available to be rented out for community events, public and private. The exterior graphics were designed by Studio6Architects as an entrance sign for the park, showing the various activities offered at the park.
Studio 6 Architects designed this project to unite in a single location the county and city courts. On the ground level are three District courts and their business administration offices, along with a Juvenile Court and Juvenile Probation offices. The second level houses the offices of the Prosecuting Attorney, the Circuit Clerks office, and five Circuit Courtrooms. A sallyport and security blister support the courts with holding cells for over 100 prisoners. The project is located on property adjacent to the Fort Smith Police Headquarters and the Sebastian County Jail. The exterior features a corbeled brick cornice around the entire building. Brick pilasters provide imagery of strength and define the main entrance. Modern materials such as aluminum and laminated wood panels lend a feeling of luxury.
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Are you considering a large scale development involving multiple stakeholders, buildings, and phases?
We can design and develop master plans to meet your current and future needs.
These plans become a framework to guide the entire development so that it proceeds according to plan with a common goal and style.
This is what we do every day.
As designers we will take your project goals and work through the design process to reach a solution that is responsive to its time, place and function.
We have experience in most building types. We pride ourselves in our ability to listen and learn from owners, stakeholders, and the community at large.
Not sure where to begin with a building project?
We offer PROGRAMMING SERVICES to assist you in discovering exactly what you need out of your project.
Not sure what it will cost? We can help you establish a reasonable PROJECT BUDGET as early as possible in the design process. As design progresses we further develop the project budget, balancing it with the project scope and quality.
Need a Graphic Presentation for your project?
We use the latest CADD software throughout the design process to evaluate design decisions and to create both 2D and 3D views to aid you in envisioning your project.
Need imagery for the project for promotional materials and press announcements? We can help you with artistic and photo-realistic renderings to build up the excitement for a project.
Do you have an existing space that you want to finish out or just freshen up?
We have broad experience with interior renovations and tenant finish outs.
We can help you with space planning and the selection of the finish materials, lighting, furniture, and fixtures.
We Make Our Customers Happy
We are committed to providing a high quality product to all of our clients. Our process ensures that every project meets the standards of our client and all of those involved in process of creating a successful project.
We meet with the owner, user groups, and facility managers to evaluate the project program. Then we select, from an array of possible solutions, one that we feel best captures the essence of the project and make a presentation to the client.
We will continue to refine the design as we incorporate more and more detail. Our consultants will designs systems and equipment to compliment the design and drawings and models will increase in scale and detail as our project managers maintain constant contact with our client.
Our team will produce the drawings and documents required to actually construct the project, as well as any special drawings required by the municipality for design approval and permitting. Our drawings will be highly detailed and thoroughly coordinated.
S6A remains actively involved in the Construction Administration of every one of our projects. We are here to ensure the quality we expect is in the finished project. We make frequents site visits to observe project status. We engage in regular meetings with the contractor. We continue in our responsibility to guide the Owner to completion of the project.
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