University of Arkansas – Boreham Library Expansion

Fort Smith, Arkansas

Talley Associates

MAHG Architecture

Boreham Library at the University of Arkansas added a 40,000-square-foot expansion as part of the University’s five-year strategic plan. The plan charts the role of the library as a tool for community intellectual, artistic, social and cultural advancement as well as a contributor to the area’s economic development.

Working closely with the architect, Talley created a site design solution that eases the building into its prominent site located on a major campus pedestrian access, resulting in a seamless integration of the Library with the existing campus framework. The restrained landscape design complements the simple, airy design character of the architecture, setting the building on a simple, slightly raised plinth that creates and enhances usable and accessible exterior spaces. As part of the site design, an existing courtyard was renovated to create a more welcoming setting for outdoor reading, studying and conversation.