College receives award for work on historic building

preserve ark award

South Arkansas Community College, along with Taylor-Kemke Architects and Flynco Construction Group, recently were recognized with the 2022 Excellence in Preservation Through Restoration award from Preserve Arkansas for the 2018-2019 renovation project of the college’s Thomas Administration Building. From left are Preserve Arkansas Board President Tim Madox, SouthArk President Dr. Bentley Wallace, former SouthArk President Dr. Barbara Jones, Taylor-Kemke Architects representative Chris Shepperd and Preserve Arkansas executive director Rachel Patton. The building was struck by lightning in 2018, causing the structure to catch fire. Near-total destruction from water damage resulted from combatting the blaze, but the building—which dates to 1905—was saved, renovated and reopened.