by Kate Knable
Posted 10/12/2012 01:36 pm
Updated 7 months ago
The Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau on Friday issued a request for qualifications to architectural design firms to renovate Robinson Center and Robinson Center Music Hall in downtown Little Rock.
The RFQ asks architectural design firms to submit plans that include evaluations of the existing facility, design development, a project schedule and estimate of construction costs.
The LRCVB will accept designs until 2 p.m. Nov. 2.
City officials announced in June that they want to renovate the facility. They were aiming for a tentative completion date of fall 2016 and a preliminary estimate of $64.5 million.
City leaders want to restore the exterior of the existing facility and add meeting, conference and service capabilities by building onto the north and west sides of it.
The center has been open since December 1939 and cost $860,000 to construct.
"Robinson Center has long been an icon in Little Rock and has served the community and our region very well over the past 70-plus years. However, it is in desperate need of upgrades and renovations in order to become the performing arts center that our city deserves," said Gretchen Hall, LRCVB president and CEO, in a news release.