The ABI is an agriculture and medical research consortium funded by the Arkansas Tobacco Settlement of 2000, one in a nationwide program where tobacco companies were required to make reparations for targeting youth in sales and marketing. Other facilities that received funds were the university’s division of agriculture in Fayetteville and Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. The ABI’s mission is to improve the health of Arkansans through medical and agricultural research. The research laboratories, investigator offices, and support staff are housed in a building on the southern perimeter of the campus. The building has a curved facade, mostly of glass, and a 2,700-square-foot greenhouse on the roof. The architects used a light brown Trespa laminate cladding for the building, which meets seismic codes by lessening the weight, and here the material corresponds in color to the other campus buildings.
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