The U.S. Marshals Museum released the latest architectural renderings and designs recently with a “fly over” computer model video that shows the building as it will look once completed late next year on Riverfront Drive in Fort Smith.

Designed by Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock and Fayetteville, the images show what will be the known as the Mary Carleton and Robert A. Young III building. Construction on the 50,000-square-foot-facility will begin this spring with an expected completion in the fall of 2019. Fundraising for the final $19 million of $60 million continues.

“This building will be a one-of-a-kind destination for current and future generations of Arkansas residents and national visitors alike,” Reese Rowland of Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects wrote. “Everyone involved in this project is very passionate about it and we are excited to share this up-to-date artwork ahead of construction starting this summer.”

As can be seen in the "flyover" images provided by the architects, the museum will feature a modified star-shaped design signifying the badge worn by U.S. Marshals and deputies. Inside, five immersive galleries — Defining Marshals, The Campfire: Stories Under the Stars, Frontier Marshals, A Changing Nation, and Modern Marshals — will educate guests about the evolving role the marshals have played in upholding the law, driven by “justice, integrity and service.”

The museum’s National Learning Center will combine the museum experience with education programming focused on the Constitution and civic literacy. It also aims to engage local and national audiences using a variety of resources, according to outgoing Board Chairman Dr. Cole Goodman. Doug Babb's term as chairman began Sunday.

“Our goal is not only to educate our community, but also to show them the power of making a real impact in the world in which we live,” Goodman said.

Guests will be able to pay tribute to the more than 350 U.S. marshals and deputies killed in the line of duty since 1789 by visiting the Samuel M. Sicard Hall of Honor. According to U.S. Marshals Museum Curator David Kennedy, 122 of the 365 who lost their lives in the line of duty for the U.S. Marshals Service died in what is now Oklahoma. Half of those "line of duty deaths" were personnel based out of the Western District of Arkansas in Fort Smith.

The museum is working to get two books on the history of the U.S. Marshals Service back into print, including "Deadly Affrays: The Violent Deaths of United States Marshals," by Bob Ernst of Perkins, Okla.