Over 140 construction workers were involved in the construction. The concept for the new design was created by the DLR Group, the design firm hired by the NLR School district for all of their school projects. DLR is a nationwide firm who worked with their local partner, TAGGART Architects of North Little Rock. Two things drove the need for the new stadium, first it had to be moved to maximize the property usage. Second, the existing stadium ran East to West, creating problems when the sun set during football and soccer games. The new stadium was built to run North and South.
I am fortunate that my company, Baldwin & Shell, had the opportunity to serve as the Construction Manager for the new North Little Rock High School Project. The stadium is the first project completed on campus. I was a 1979 graduate of NLR Ole Main, where I played football in the old stadium. I had an incredible mix of emotions when demolition started on that stadium. Memories came back of former coaches who taught me so many life lessons, and former players, some who are now principles in the district, some who are business associates and many who are lifelong friends. I realized that although the stadium was just a building, it was a place that cultivated relationships and taught me so many lessons about life. Walking into the new stadium, I quickly lost the reminiscing of the old and thought about the impact that this stadium will have on kids and the community moving forward. To me, it’s not just another building project for Baldwin & Shell, it’s a feeling of new community, new leadership and a new future for our kids. I am proud of my alma-mater. North Little Rock has always been, and will always be, home for me. I feel honored and humbled to have had the opportunity to play a part in the success of the North Little Rock School districtwide improvements.