University of Arkansas Receives $10 Million From Reynolds Foundation

The University of Arkansas has announced a $10 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation for an addition to the Fay Jones School of Architecture.

The new design center, which is expected to be named after the foundation's president, Steven L. Anderson, a graduate of the architecture school, will enable the architecture and landscape architecture departments to be housed in the same facility as the interior design program, which is slated to move to the Fay Jones School on July 1. The planned construction of the 31,000-square-foot center is expected to cost $12.9 million, while a concurrent renovation of Vol Walker Hall — home to the architecture school — will cost an estimated $19.8 million.

"Words cannot express how grateful we are for the generosity of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation," said Jeff Shannon, dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture. "Because of this grant and the subsequent addition, we will be able to increase our enrollment by 26 percent in the coming years....The experiences of our students will be forever changed, and they will be encouraged and able to collaborate in a whole new way."