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Bean to manage Bartle Hall project

City Architect Tom Bean will be assigned to oversee the design and construction of the Bartle Hall improvement project full time effective July 1.

City Manager Wayne Cauthen said Bean’s knowledge and experience will help ensure the successful completion of the project.

“Tom Bean’s experience and history with the Bartle Hall project make him the ideal person to oversee the improvement project,” Cauthen said.

Bean oversaw the first Bartle Hall expansion project from 1986-1989 which added meeting rooms to the north side of the facility. He also managed the 1992-1994 expansion project which included adding exhibit space over the South Loop and the addition of the conference center/ballroom.

The current expansion and renovation of the convention center will include significant upgrades that will improve the quality of the meeting space. These upgrades will consist of new wall treatments, lighting technology, moveable partitions and floor covering. The project also will include the design and construction of a 40,000 square-foot general assembly/ballroom and the necessary support area, such as pre-function lobbies, a new kitchen and serving areas. Most of the new space will again be constructed in air right over the South Loop of the interstate. Additional parking also is planned.

Bid packages for the project are in process and construction should begin in late summer or early fall with some phases to be completed in early 2005. The new 40,000 square-foot general assembly/ballroom is estimated to be completed by early 2007.

With the assignment of Bean to the Bartle Hall project, Eric Bosch, design and construction manager, will assume responsibilities for all other capital projects. Bob Lawler, operations manager, will assume responsibilities for all maintenance and operations activities.

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