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.