By Senior Airman DeAndré Weaver
19th Civil Engineer Squadron
The Herk Hall, formerly the base theater, reopened Oct. 1 after nearly two years of renovations. The combined efforts of the 19th Civil Engineer Squadron’s Simplified Acquisition Base Engineering Requirements Team, 19th Contracting Squadron and contractors made the project happen.
Team Little Rock had been without its theater since the spring of 2014. The original construction overhaul fixed the building’s roof after a severe storm. After the temporary repairs were made, it was determined more repairs were needed in order to make the building safe. In September 2014, a $1.3 million project was awarded to thoroughly repair the storm damage.
Due to the scope of the project, management would be a large task that would take several parties to help accomplish. One of the largest challenges was when the contractors discovered the theater’s roof was not the only faulty portion of the building. However, after countless modifications, purchase new curtains, installation of new audio visual equipment, and secure a lighting upgrade, the project’s original amount increased to nearly $2 million.
In spite of the obstacles and delays this renovation has overcome, the building has been returned to its former glory and is now once again operational. The new layout has a seating capacity of more than 550 occupants, which more than doubles the capacity of any similar gathering facility on the base.
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