Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Polk Stanley Wilcox to get Robinson Center redo project

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Arkansas Business reports on the 5-2 vote by the Little Rock Advertising and Promotion Commission to negotiate a contract with Polk Stanley Wilcox to lead the design on the renovation of the Robinson Center and Music Hall. They'll partner with Ennead Architects of New York on the $64 million project.

Article says the pitch included a plan to open up the north face of the building to take advantage of the new (red, white and blue?) Broadway Bridge and the riverfront.

More details here from LRCVB.

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