Slideshow: Robinson Center's Renovation Poised for October Completion


Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock is working with Ennead Architects of New York on the $68.6 million renovation of Robinson Center in Little Rock, including its auditorium.
Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock is working with Ennead Architects of New York on the $68.6 million renovation of Robinson Center in Little Rock, including its auditorium. (Karen E. Segrave)
Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock is working with Ennead Architects of New York on the $68.6 million renovation of Robinson Center in Little Rock, including its auditorium.
Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock is working with Ennead Architects of New York on the $68.6 million renovation of Robinson Center in Little Rock, including its auditorium. (Karen E. Segrave)
Cindy Pruitt is a project coordinator with Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock, which is working with Ennead Architects of New York on the $68.6 million renovation. Pruitt is in the newly constructed grand ballroom located behind the auditorium.
Cindy Pruitt is a project coordinator with Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock, which is working with Ennead Architects of New York on the $68.6 million renovation. Pruitt is in the newly constructed grand ballroom located behind the auditorium. (Karen E. Segrave)
Cindy Pruitt, project coordinator with Polk Stanley Wilcox talks with Rosendo Ramirez with ACE Glass on the continuing work in the newly constructed grand ballroom located behind Robinson Center Auditorium.
Cindy Pruitt, project coordinator with Polk Stanley Wilcox talks with Rosendo Ramirez with ACE Glass on the continuing work in the newly constructed grand ballroom located behind Robinson Center Auditorium. (Karen E. Segrave)
Edy Cano applies mud to smooth the surface of a column as he works on the construction of the new grand ballroom located behind Robinson Center Auditorium.
Edy Cano applies mud to smooth the surface of a column as he works on the construction of the new grand ballroom located behind Robinson Center Auditorium. (Karen E. Segrave)
Cindy Pruitt, a project coordinator with Polk Stanley Wilcox, points out the newly built rooftop terrace at the Robinson Center, undergoing a $68.6 million renovation.
Cindy Pruitt, a project coordinator with Polk Stanley Wilcox, points out the newly built rooftop terrace at the Robinson Center, undergoing a $68.6 million renovation. (Karen E. Segrave)
Refugio Savas works on construction of the upper balcony level as part of the continuing renovation of the Robinson Center in Little Rock, operated by the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Refugio Savas works on construction of the upper balcony level as part of the continuing renovation of the Robinson Center in Little Rock, operated by the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau. (Karen E. Segrave)
Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock is working with Ennead Architects of New York on the $68.6 million renovation of Robinson Center in Little Rock, including its auditorium.
Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock is working with Ennead Architects of New York on the $68.6 million renovation of Robinson Center in Little Rock, including its auditorium. (Karen E. Segrave)
Cindy Pruitt, a project coordinator with Polk Stanley Wilcox, points out the view of the Arkansas River and the Broadway Bridge from the Robinson Center's future rooftop terrace.
Cindy Pruitt, a project coordinator with Polk Stanley Wilcox, points out the view of the Arkansas River and the Broadway Bridge from the Robinson Center's future rooftop terrace. (Karen E. Segrave)

It’s not the biggest construction project in the state, but the $68.6 million renovation of the Robinson Center in Little Rock is complex and of seemingly endless fascination to Arkansans.

The reason lies in the Art Deco landmark’s age — it was completed in 1939 — its visibility downtown and its historical and sentimental significance: Everyone has a Robinson memory.

A photographer’s visit last week showed a project coming in on time and on budget. The center closed for renovation on July 1, 2014, and construction is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 31. Cost control has allowed the addition of a $332,479 5,800-SF outdoor terrace.

The terrace addition “is a testimony to the cost control and budget management on the project,” said David Porter, project manager for the renovation design team.

The team consists of Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock and Ennead Architects of New York. CDI Contractors of Little Rock and Hunt Construction Group of Dallas are general contractors and construction managers.