Hendrix College, a private liberal arts college, has been in Conway since 1876. It was once known as the Central Institute, according to the Arkansas Encyclopedia, and in 1889 was renamed Hendrix College. Today the college has over 1400 students in attendance. U.S. News and World Report has listed Hendrix as one of the best colleges. In 2008 it ranked 71st i;n the nation.
The college has been a trend setter in the city of Conway, for many years. Beside being an economic boost to the city, it has led the city in growth.
Recently, the college built a student life and technology center building. This building , according to the local newspaper, The Log Cabin Democrat, has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED gold building. This building opened in Spring 2010. It houses a cafeteria, KHDX radio station, religious life offices, residence life and student organization offices.
The criteria to be designated a gold LEED building is very precise. The building must meet certification standards set forth by the U.S. Green Building Council as being of an energy and environmental design. The 77,000 square feet building costs $26 million dollars, according to Mark Scott, director of media relations for Hendrix College.
The energy advances in the Hendrix building include drought tolerant vegetation, a light reflecting roof, natural light and water saving fixtures. There is also a storm water control system in place.
The designations of awards range from silver to gold, with gold being the highest. Hendrix College has attained the prestigious gold award, making it the first college campus building in Arkansas to receive such an honor. New guidelines have been set as late as 2009 and these are constantly being revised to meet with additional requirements in determining a LEED building, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.
According to the quoted Hendrix President, Tim Cloyd, the college has a goal to promote green friendly initiatives. These green friendly habits are instituted all over the campus, with recycling in the residence halls to recycling in the cafeteria. It just stands to reason that the newest building on campus should meet the requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council.
The college vows that this will not be the last building to receive that certification. Scott vows “we will want to go this road again, if at all possible.” Even though the cost is more, the concept is worth the effort, according to school sources.
The college is a forerunner to the other two colleges located in Conway, Arkansas. They lead the others in making their campus building program, LEED friendly, and serve as an example to the other two institutions of higher learning in the city of Conway. It is easily understood how the college has been ranked as one of the best colleges in the nation.
The Log Cabin Democrat
U.S. News and World Report