It’s Time to Look Up – Vertical Movement

A Message From Rebecca Bridges Rice, Board President

Dear Members,

If you drive up and down Austin Street like I do, then you know that there is something big happening at the corner with North Street.  The Art Center’s one-acre lot has been aflutter with activity since April 1st, the day construction started.

In weekly briefings, the Capital Project Team has recently reported that by the end of this week all of the concrete for the beams will be poured for building 1.  In the next two to three weeks, you can expect the slab and the foundation for building 1 to be completed.  It is then that you will start to see vertical movement on the project.  What does that mean?  The CMU (Concrete Masonry Units) block will be erected on building 1.

On other news, we are thankful for our partnership with the City of Rockport and Aransas County.  Both entities just approved an inter-local agreement for a parking area that will be located one block away from the Art Center campus.  The 60-space surface lot will supply much needed parking for events that will be held at the Performing Arts and Convention Center.  The County obtained disaster recovery funding through the Texas General Land Office, thanks to a grant written by our friends at the Long Term Recovery Team.

I look forward to updating you on the progress the Capital Project has made in next month’s column.  Below are some images of what is happening on the construction site now.


Happy 4th and see you at the Festival

Rebecca Bridges Rice
President of the Board