I have spent my 20 year career exploring public space design because I believe that to make places we live in better it mustbe through enhancing the public realm. “A place for all” was Bernice Jones’ inspiration for creating the Jones Center 25 years ago and now with the Jones Campus Vision I have a rare opportunity where a shared mission and core values align.

Scott JordanCivitas, Inc.

The Jones Center has been an epicenter of cultivating community in Northwest Arkansas for decades. As someone who has a deep appreciation and value for that community process, it is an honor to serve their mission and expanded vision.

Daniel HintzVelocity Group

We are excited for the opportunity to enhance, educate, and engage the community with the ecology of a place.

Martin SmithE|D|G

Living in NW Arkansas over the past three years I have been drawn to Springdale again and again as a city with a dynamic and generous creative community, I am excited and honored to work with this community to explore its rich history and contemporary stories through public art and design at the Jones Center.

Danielle HatchArtist

I am very passionate about the Campus Vision Project because I see it as a great and unique opportunity to promote and utilize the arts as a powerful tool to help build stronger bridges of communication in NWA.

Papa RapArtist

I am excited to work on the Campus Vision Project, because it’s a collaborative opportunity to create something meaningful where I grew up. What we design together will become a member of this community and embody the diversity and values of this place. I am looking forward to being a part of a team that imbues the Campus Vision Project with this energy.

Reilly Dickens-HoffmanArtist

I am excited for the opportunity to be involved in a new era of the impactful Jones Center by ensuring the improvements of the campus can be enjoyed for decades to come.

Tim MarshallETM Associates

I attended our Springdale High School Project Graduation “lock in” in 1999 at the Jones Center and have been using the facilities with my family ever since. It is a great campus and the upcoming improvements will make it one of a kind for NWA.

Dusty GrahamCore Architects

I’m passionate about helping shape places people love through the interplay of art and architecture, and the Campus Vision project is an exciting example of these disciplines coming together for the benefit of the people of Springdale and northwest Arkansas.

Dayton CastlemanVerdant Studio

We are excited to be a part of the design team for Jones Campus and to have the opportunity to weave together the wealth of programming into a unified nighttime experience with a thoughtful and sensitive approach to lighting design.

Linnaea TillettTillett Lighting Design

As part of the design team that worked to create the Jones Center 25 years ago, we feel a great honor in being able to help fulfill the Campus Vision project to continue the legacy left by Bernice Jones and to serve the community for years to come.

Frank AllisonEngineering Consultants, Inc.

I’m thrilled to be a part of this transformational project to uplift our local creatives, engage community and support an inclusive environment for art and culture.

Lisa Marie EvansCACHE

Growing up in Springdale I remember many years as a child visiting the Jones Center when it first opened and the numerous hours, we would spend inside enjoying all of the activities it had to offer. I am honored to have the opportunity to help create those same memories for the youth that will visit the future campus.

Colby PostHP Engineering

The Jones Campus Vision to develop a legacy project for the people, with connection to local history, culture and geography is exactly the kind of vision we are thrilled and honored to contribute to.

Alex WaffleEarthscape Play

Honored to contribute to the vision of Harvey and Bernice Jones ‘community-first philosophy’ and to help revitalize a campus that supports the growing needs of our area.

Marlon BlackwellMarlon Blackwell Architects

Power Play, LLC is excited to be a part of the team for the Campus Vision project at the Jones Center. We have visited the Jones Center many times with our family and a new splashpad is the perfect addition to this great facility. We look forward to assisting with the development of this unique concept and aquatic play area.

Craig HamelinPower Play, LLC

Our Team

Our Team

Our Team

Our Team

Our Team

Civitas, Inc.

Scott Jordan

Landscape Architect | Principal in Charge

As a Principal at Civitas, Scott has led large-scale, complex projects in some of the most contentious areas of the country, including his role as Project Manager of the 32-mile Los Angeles River Revitalization Plan. Through these experiences he has developed a passion for engaging the public in the design process. Regardless of the project’s scale, Scott’s approach is to build upon a city’s authentic and unique attributes to create rich and diverse public spaces. Since joining Civitas in 2001, he has since worked on challenging projects such as the Balboa Park Master Plan in San Diego, The San Diego Convention Center Expansion and Rooftop Park, and the design of 6 parks totaling 70 acres for the Stapleton Parks in Denver. Scott managed the restoration of the award-winning St. Patrick’s Island in Calgary and is currently working on the planning and design of over 400 acres of open space in the Stapleton Development in Denver.

Velocity Group

Daniel Hintz

Engagement | Principal in Charge

Daniel Hintz has lived in Northwest Arkansas for 17 years. During that time, he served as Executive Director of Fayetteville Downtown Partners and the Executive Director of Downtown Bentonville, Inc., where he helped broker and guide the renaissance of the 1,765-acre downtown Bentonville district that included a growing art, entertainment, culinary, and entrepreneurial scene. He has worked throughout Arkansas, including multiple projects in Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville, Siloam Springs, Russellville, North Little Rock, Helena- West Helena, Jonesboro, Paragould, Pine Bluff and Conway, and has been engaged in several local, regional, and state placemaking initiatives.

Since starting the Velocity Group in 2014, he has also worked on a wide variety of projects all over North America, including downtown master plans, regional economic development initiatives, branding and marketing strategies, private development projects and tenant programming, event production, restaurant and hospitality concepts, public outreach and engagement, and public policy work.


Martin Smith

Civil Engineering + Local Landscape Architect | Principal in Charge

Martin is a native of Arkansas and currently resides in the small community of Birdeye, raising his family in a home built by his great-great grandfather in 1901. His passion and commitment to his local community runs deep in the Arkansas Delta, much like his family history.

Martin has led design teams throughout the state with a focus on innovative award-winning low impact development for urban and rural environments. Martin uses stormwater to initiate his designs while placing an emphasis on the integration of public spaces with the founding principles of ecology.

Martin and his wife, Kara, are active throughout the Delta promoting the importance of healthy living lifestyles, while also advocating locally grown regional reliance.


Danielle Hatch

Local Artist | Multi-disciplinary Artist

Danielle Hatch is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores the female body’s relationship to the built environment, notions of artificiality and power structures, through site specific installations, sculptures and performances. She has a BA in architecture from Wellesley College and an MFA in Spatial Studies from UC-Santa Barbara. Danielle currently resides in NW Arkansas with her partner and three children and works as an Educator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.


Al "Papa Rap" Lopez

Local Artist | Musician

Al “Papa Rap” Lopez is originally from Puerto Rico and has been living in NWA since 1994. He co-founded the non-profit OneCommunity in 2009 to bring communities together, and has been instrumental in growing bilingual education in the region through his songs, radio shows and television programs.

Papa Rap is a self-taught musician who has composed and arranged hundreds of songs. He is part of an 8-piece band, “ArkanSalsa,” and a trio that often performs in schools and at youth events. His live stage shows are interactive and engage audiences with bilingual songs, drumming, Caribbean Salsa and Merengue dancing.


Reilly Dickens-Hoffman

Local Artist | Designer + Fabricator

Reilly Dickens-Hoffman holds a BFA in sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute and is co owner of R+K Studios. R+K has been a designer and fabricator of public sculpture for the last 15 years. They’ve had the honor of designing, fabricating and collaborating on many public works such as the Veterans War Memorial for the Osage Nation in Pawhuska, OK and the 9/11 Weeping Wall in Overland Park, KS.

ETM Associates

Tim Marshall

Operations + Maintenance, Campus Programming | Owner + Principal in Charge

Timothy Marshall has extensive hands-on experience with park management and operations, with over 30 years in the field. He was formerly the Vice President for the Central Park Conservancy and Deputy Administrator of Central Park for more than 13 years with responsibility for the Park’s daily management. With ETM, he provides creative problem solving for park management and operations, funding, and public/private involvement. Mr. Marshall was elevated to the ASLA Council of Fellows in 2016.

Core Architects

Dusty Graham

Architectural Renovations | President + Principal in Charge

Dusty is a lifelong resident of Northwest Arkansas. He graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Architecture in 2004 and minored in Legal Studies. Dusty serves as a Principal Partner with Core and was a founding member of the company in 2007.

Dusty stays heavily involved with the Northwest Arkansas community, sitting on the board of directors for the Springdale Housing Authority, Springdale Athletic Foundation, and Springdale Benevolent Foundation for the Rodeo of the Ozarks.

When not practicing architecture, he is participating with his wife, daughter, and four sons in whatever youth activity is in season.

Verdant Studio

Dayton Castleman

Public Art Technical Support | Director of Visual Thinking

Dayton Castleman is an artist and has focused his practice on art in public spaces for the last 17 years. He holds a bachelor’s in art from Belhaven University and a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While in Philadelphia he founded a collective studio space for artists, and he was on the art and design faculty at a suburban Chicago college for four years following grad school. In 2012 he moved to Bentonville, Arkansas, working in a bike shop, as a museum educator, museum manager, independent curator, and artist. He joined Verdant Studio in 2020 as Director of Visual Thinking to expand the studio’s practice into the public art sphere. He has large-scale public installations and sculptures located in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Bentonville.

Tillett Lighting Design Associates, Inc.

Linnaea Tillett

Lighting Design | Founder + Principal in Charge

With a unique background in Environmental Psychology, Linnaea Tillett, PhD, has forged a highly-acclaimed approach to lighting: imaginative, public-spirited, ecologically-sensitive and technically innovative. Her “social approach” to urban lighting can be found in numerous projects across NYC, including the Battery Bosque, Bikeway and Perimeter; the Boathouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park; the Highline M+O building and the public art installations, “This Way under the Brooklyn Bridge” and “Light Verse.” Her current projects include the Morgan Library and Museum gardens, Pier 26 on the Hudson River and Row New York Boathouse on Sherman Creek. With a reputation for lyricism and a passion for restraint, she is frequenter collaborator with Maya Lin, Toshiko Mori, Nelson Byrd Woltz, OLIN, Gustafson Guthrie Nichols and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.

Engineering Consultants, Inc.

Frank Allison

Structural Engineering | President + Principal in Charge
We are a corporation providing complete structural engineering design services to our clients, which include architects, contractors, owners, and other engineers. We have been practicing as a professional service corporation since 1964.

Our major field of expertise is structural engineering. We continually work with all of the major structural materials, which include steel, reinforced concrete, wood - both solid and laminated, and masonry.

We are experienced in both conventional and “Fast-Track” methods of construction. We pride ourselves in furnishing efficient engineering design and neat, accurate construction documents which are completed within our client’s time requirements.

Although a small portion of our total work, we have extensive experience in investigative engineering such as damage assessments, structural surveys, and analysis of existing structures.


Lisa Marie Evans

Local Public Art + Engagement | Filmmaker + Project Manager

Lisa Marie Evans is a filmmaker and animator who has participated in artist residencies and screened her work internationally, including venues in Hungary, France, the Philippines and Canada. Evans has mentored hundreds of artists across the region through Artist INC, Mid America Arts Alliance’s entrepreneurial program for artists. She has 20 years of experience as a generative artist and arts administrator committed to diversity and inclusion. Evans worked with the Creative Arkansas Community Hub and Exchange (CACHE) as the Project Manager, Editor and Animator for OZCast, an online creative variety show, and is currently the Project Manager of Creative Development.

HP Engineering

Colby Post

Electrical Engineering | Regional Account Manager

As Regional Account Manager, Colby oversees accounts for new commercial mechanical, electrical and plumbing design projects. He organizes project teams and maintains steady communications among the project team and clients.

Colby has over ten years of design experience. His projects include mixed-use and multi family developments, higher education, commercial, industrial, retail, and medical facilities.

Colby holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arkansas, 2009.

Earthscape Play

Alex Waffle

Playground Designer | Manager of Playground Design

Alex has played many roles while at Earthscape Including Site Supervisor, Project Manager and his current role as Manager of Playground Design & Project Delivery. Alex was the site supervisor for some of Earthscape’s first large-scale destination playground projects including Grange Park. Alex’s current role involves project oversight, business development, and team management. Having worked within many divisions in the company throughout the firm’s growth affords Alex the ability to foresee problems and develop creative solutions, while managing teams and delivering projects smoothly and efficiently.

Earthscape’s unique design process allows us to tailor the playground to your specific goals and desires, providing a custom space for children to thrive; to allow their imaginations to run wild; where bodies and brains will be engaged. We will help you create a place of stimulation, socialization, excitement, wonder and delight, where lasting community connections are formed.

Marlon Blackwell Architects

Marlon Blackwell

FAIA Pavilion Architects | Principal

Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, is a practicing architect in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and serves as the E. Fay Jones Distinguished Professor at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas. Work produced in his professional office, Marlon Blackwell Architects (MBA), has received national and international recognition with significant publication in books, architectural journals and magazines and more than 160 design awards. Blackwell is the recipient of the 2020 AIA Gold Medal, the Institute’s highest honor, which recognizes those whose work has had an enduring impact on the theory and practice of architecture. He is a lifetime member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. MBA received the 2016 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture and ranked #1 in Design as part of the 2016 Architect 50. Marlon was a 2019 William A. Bernoudy Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome, inducted into the National Academy of Design in 2018, and selected as a United States Artists Ford Fellow in 2014. He received the E. Fay Jones Gold Medal from the Arkansas AIA in 2017 and the 2012 Architecture Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A monograph of his early work, “An Architecture of the Ozarks: The Works of Marlon Blackwell”, was published in 2005 by Princeton Architectural Press, who will also publish a new monograph titled “Radical Practice” to be released in Fall 2022.

Power Play, LLC

Craig Hamelin

Water Feature Design | President

Craig worked for Vortex Aquatic Structures as a Sales Manager from 2001-2005. During this time, he oversaw Vortex sales representatives in the US and Canada, and assisted them with sales and proposals. In 2007, Craig started Power Play and became Vortex sales representative. He has 20 years’ experience in the aquatic playground industry and brings a wealth of product and technical knowledge. He has designed hundreds of Splashpads and provides consultation, project management and customer service support.