Scott Family Amazeum Children’s Museum

New Museum Construction in Northwest Arkansas

  • Amazeum Children's Museum
  • Amazeum Children's Museum
  • Amazeum Children's Museum
  • Amazeum Children's Museum
  • Amazeum Children's Museum
  • Amazeum Children's Museum
  • Amazeum Children's Museum
  • Amazeum Children's Museum
  • Amazeum Children's Museum

Client:

Scott Family Amazeum

Location:

Bentonville, AR

Designer:

Haizlip Studio of Memphis, TN

When the Amazeum hired Nabholz to serve as Construction Manager to build a new children’s museum in Northwest Arkansas, our mission was to combine fun and functionality by executing a design featuring interactive indoor and outdoor learning spaces, a striking façade that is as playful as it is beautiful, separate meeting areas, a venue where businesses and organizations can host events, and more.

This children’s museum construction project features approximately 50,000 square feet of indoor exhibit, meeting, and learning spaces, plus one acre of outdoor learning space. Exhibits include the Tinkering Hub; Hershey’s Lab; The Neighborhood Market; Art Studio; Canopy Climber; Lift, Load & Haul; Cloud Theater; Water Amazements; Homestead Cabin and Farm; Cave, Nickelodeon Play Lab; Emerging Explorers; Nature & Weather; Outdoor Playscape (complete with climbing wall, of course!); and a traveling exhibit area. Best of all, visitors can touch EVERYTHING! Museum-goers will also find a recycling shop, the Zing Café, and walking trails connecting the Amazeum to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Eco-friendly–or green–features of the Amazeum include

  • 80-well geothermal cooling system
  • Bioswales
  • Rain gardens
  • LED lighting
  • Natural day lighting and daylight harvesting

A reflection of Nabholz’ strong commitment to sustainable building, the construction process itself also included environmentally-friendly practices, such as waste diversion, indoor environmental quality (IEQ) management, and use of our green jobsite trailer.

Interesting fact:

The General Mills Lift, Load & Haul exhibit features a real semi-truck cab and shipping container, which are so big that our Nabholz project team had to set them in place and then build the exhibit hall around them!