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Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance CenterPhone: 501-671-2390Email: PTAC@uada.edu
by Kim Magee - June 30, 2021
Level 5 Architecture is an architectural firm located in Springdale specializing in
vertical construction including municipal projects and commercial/restaurant projects.
With Arkansas PTAC being part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture's
Community, Professional and Economic Development unit, we were proud to hear of their
mission to assist small towns by helping secure funding for development and then working
on those projects with the communities. Level 5 employs three full-time individuals
and a summer intern who will eventually become a full-time employee.
Project Coordinator Melissa Dysart is responsible for handling the firm’s Request for Proposals (RFPs). With assistance from designated PTAC counselor Max Franks, Dysart recently submitted
the firm’s first bid for a government contract. Notification came in May 2021 of the
good news that Level 5 was selected for placement on the United States Department
of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, Southern Research Station (SRS) Short Selection
Database for Region 8.
The Forest Service will use the Short Selection Database to award Architecture-Engineer
(A & E) contracts, below $250,000, in all states within the USDA Forest Service (SRS)
Region 8. An example of the type of work that could be included when awarded would
be design of small warehouses and offices.
Level 5 was initially started in Mansfield, Texas. Upon the opening of the new Arkansas
location in 2019, Level 5 learned of the services offered by PTAC through Startup Junkie and the Springdale Chamber of Commerce and have been clients since that time.
Dysart mentioned that Franks has never said no to anything that she has asked of him.
The business is in a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone). Max assisted
with their HuBZone certification, Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), warned them of scam emails, explained the Short Selection Database process, informed
them of trainings for Arkansas contractor’s license, reviewed their bid packet, and
offered guidance on marketing specifically to federal agencies.
“We are beyond excited about our potential growth in the Arkansas and surrounding
markets. The local PTAC has been so instrumental in helping us through this successful
growth plan. Without them, we would not have been able to navigate the process involved
with securing the contract at all,” Dysart said.
The future is bright for Level 5 Architecture. We congratulate Level 5 on submitting
its first proposal for a government contract and being included in the SRS Shortlist
pool of Architect and Engineering firms. While the SRS Shortlist is not a contract
and does not guarantee any contractual business, it does increase chances of future
To learn more about the Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center and the many
ways mentioned in this article that our counselors can help secure government contracts,
connect with us by calling 501-671-2390.