A building with a storied history and a perfect downtown location makes Record Downtown the most sought after event venue in Bentonville. It hosts multiple events each year ranging from international bicycling summits to one-of-a-kind weddings.

In 2016, Henderson Engineers helped RopeSwing Hospitality Group breathe new life into this former mid-century car dealership building. Henderson designed unique solutions that accentuated the building’s original charm including the garage doors, wooden barrel ceilings, cement floor, and some of its old paint.

The flexible, modern venue can host large events for up to 1,650 guests in one grand room or can be closed off into two separate rooms and features two large cocktail bars, in addition to a 300 SF commercial kitchen. Henderson’s innovative lighting and audio-video design help transform this space into a premier entertainment venue. The exterior veranda includes 1350 SF of additional space bordered by a bamboo perimeter and accented by string lights draped across the space. We were challenged with providing an architectural lighting design solution that was simple, yet highly flexible. A challenge of lighting for hospitality with LED technology is to get the dimming right and at an affordable cost. This required researching the current state of LED track lighting technology at that time, right-sizing the lighting levels and thinking about the space with a multi-layered lighting approach.


Bentonville, AR

Project Size

Approx. 12,000 SF


Acoustics, Architectural Lighting, Audio-Video, Electrical, Fire & Life Safety, Mechanical, Plumbing


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