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Wittenberg, Delony & Davidson: a tradition of excellence.

Through 74 years of continuous practice, the architectural firm of Wittenberg, Delony & Davidson has been a major contributor to the corporate landscape of Arkansas. The initials WD&D are synonymous with quality and stand as a symbol of architectural excellence in Arkansas and surrounding states.

A glance at Little Rock's modern skyline serves as a living illustration of the projects produced on the firm's drawing tables during the last two decades, either as exclusive design projects or joint ventures.

WD&D skyline silhouettes include First Commercial Bank, Stephens Building, Excelsior Hotel and Statehouse Convention Center, USAble Corporate Center, and the corporate headquarters for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arkansas, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Atkins Building, Doctors Hospital, Arkansas Children's Hospital and Arkansas Louisiana Gas Company.

It was WD&D that designed the terminal area master plan and made the terminal improvements for the Little Rock Regional Airport.

From 1970 to 1980, when space age technology ushered in new frontiers for architecture and energy shortages demanded new thinking in design, WD&D made a bold statement of credibility in this new era with the completion of the 30-story First National Bank Building, now First Commercial Bank; the Arkansas Farm Bureau Building; and the Savers Building, now the USAble Corporate headquarters.

But WD&D excellence doesn't stop at Arkansas' borders anymore. Over the last decade, the scope of the firm has spread to other states where hospitals, correctional facilities, office buildings and hotels now carry the distinguished design qualities that typify WD&D workmanship.

The firm has designed hotel, motel, condominium and apartment complexes across the Sun Belt, from Florida to Arizona and in some of the northern states.


Three areas of architectural emphasis at WD&D are correctional, health care, and higher education facilities.

Since 1969, WD&D has worked with the Arkansas Department of Correction to build 80 percent of all ADOC correctional facilities. This work encompasses 21 projects for a total of 4,200 beds. In addition WD&D has designed 12 county detention facilities, 11 in Arkansas and one in Minnesota.

A major upcoming project for the firm is the new $64 million federal prison in Forrest City, according to Thomas R. Adams, president of the firm, who has been directly involved in correctional facility design and master planning throughout his 23 years with the firm.

Anticipated demands in the correctional market have focused the firm's attentions to special emphasis on a regional market as the demands for correctional architecture increase.

Ed Peek and John Sloan, both principals with the firm, specialize and manage all health care projects. Mr. Peek is Medical Project Manager while Mr. Sloan has been actively involved as Project Manager for projects at Arkansas Children's Hospital and the UAMS Biomedical Research Center. Humana Hospitals in Alabama and Texas have been important regional projects in recent years.

Higher education is the third area of speciality for WD&D. Throughout Arkansas college campuses have grown and prospered, and WD&D has played a major role in the master planning and design of many of these campuses. John Sloan and Jack See are the principals in charge of higher education. Projects include buildings on the University of Arkansas Fayetteville, Little Rock, Monticello and Pine Bluff campuses, as well as Hendrix College, Henderson State University, Arkansas College, Arkansas State University, John Brown University, Ouachita Baptist University, University of Central Arkansas and Southern Arkansas University Technical.

Jack See oversees the production department to ensure "Total Quality Management" throughout the entire design and production document phases of an architectural project. Roy St. Clair is in charge of contract administration, acting as liaison between the owner and contractor to ensure that each project gets built correctly and on time.

A WD&D northwest Arkansas office was opened 1 1/2 years ago with Richard Alderman acting as principal in charge.

"We do a general practice of architecture out of that office," WD&D president Tom Adams says, "serving northwest Arkansas and Oklahoma."

Above all, Wittenberg, Delony & Davidson is service oriented. Since its founding in 1919, WD&D has diligently met the architectural demands and needs of the Arkansas community. As technology expanded, the firm developed the expertise to meet clients' needs so that Arkansas corporate leaders would not be forced to seek architectural services from beyond Arkansas borders.
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Date:Aug 16, 1993
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