by Lance Turner
Posted 3/29/2013 09:48 am
Updated 11 months ago
The Little Rock Advertising & Promotion Commission announced Thursday that it had selected CDI Contractors LLC of Little Rock, partnered with Hunt Construction Group Inc. of Phoenix, to lead construction on the expansion and renovation of Robinson Center and Robinson Center Music Hall.
The commission sent out a request for qualifications in February, and the selection process began with six submittals.
The field was narrowed to three. The commission heard presentations from the finalists on Thursday. It voted for CDI and Hunt after about 20 minutes of deliberation.
In January, the commission hired Polk Stanley Wilcox as the project's architect.
City officials announced in June that they wanted 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 Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau said the renovation will run concurrently with the Arkansas Highway Department's construction on the Broadway Bridge.
CDI Contractors is a general construction and construction management company owned by Dillard's Inc. of Little Rock. The company built the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, Heifer International headquarters, UAMS Patient Tower/Medical Center, and the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, all in Little Rock.
Hunt Construction is a family-owned commercial construction management and general contracting firm. It built the DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids, Mich.; the Phoenix Symphony Hall Renovation in Phoenix; the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts in Amarillo, Texas; and the Milwaukee Auditorium Renovation in Milwaukee, Wis.
The CDI-Hunt team is working together on the Pulaski Technical College Fine and Performing Arts Center in North Little Rock.