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Council awards contract for Liberty Hall


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TYLER, TX - At their meeting Wednesday, Sept. 22, the Tyler City Council awarded the contract for the renovation for Liberty Hall in the amount of $1.9 million to RPR Construction. RPR was one of five companies that participated in the competitive sealed bid process and was the low bidder.

The City of Tyler purchased the Liberty in 2008 as part of a strategy outlined in the Tyler 21 Master Plan to establish an arts and cultural district in downtown to spur private reinvestment and revitalization. To advance this goal, the City of Tyler entered into a memorandum of understanding with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra Association (ETSOA) to lead an effort to raise the funds needed to renovate the Liberty into a performing arts hall that will be a destination point for arts and culture in East Texas.

The project will be 100 percent privately funded by donations. In January 2009, the Liberty capital campaign was launched with a commitment of $500,000 from the Genecov Group followed by a $100,000 pledge by KSA/Wisenbaker, Fix and Associates in July and a $250,000 donation by Brandon Steele of Ryno Corporation in September. An undesignated gift from the Fair Foundation for $25,000 is also being used to fund this project. The Women's Symphony League of Tyler pledged $10,000 and additional large pledges and donations have been made totaling $100,000. Also, the Give Me Liberty Seat Sale has raised multiple smaller donations that have been added to the campaign to fund the rebirth of the theatre into a performing arts hall. The seat sale provides the opportunity for citizens to sponsor a seat with a pledge of as little as $1,000.

The architect for the renovation project is Mike Butler, AIA, and Jason Jennings of Butler Architectural Group in Tyler. Butler has worked for last year on defining the anticipated uses of the venue and designing a multipurpose space that will for allow for a broad spectrum of performances that are anticipated. The theatre's interior will seat more than 300.

The project involves renovating the 6,824 square feet interior and includes selective demolition of existing interior elements that were not original to the space, interior finish-out of the stage, audience and lobby areas; construction of new restroom facilities; new stage lighting, new audio/visual equipment, new mechanical/electrical/plumbing systems and façade renovations. This project is expected to take 210 calendar days to complete once the notice to proceed is issued.

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