Brownwood preparing solicitations for $8.9M multipurpose event center
The city of Brownwood intends to advertise for bids later this summer to construct a $8.9 million multipurpose event center and pavilion.
One project goal is to create a new rentable multipurpose event space with indoor and outdoor components to help facilitate events and conventions that will bolster the local economy and business growth.
Construction of the event center is slated for this fall. Two other main elements – a stage/pavilion and outdoor improvements – will be completed in two separate phases.
The existing Ice House building on Lee Street is in the process of being demolished to erect a structure that will function as a stage for large events, small gatherings, and concerts. It also can serve as spill-over outdoor space for the larger event center.
A small, enclosed structure will be built adjacent to the stage to contain support space and additional meeting rooms. The open event green space will accommodate 7,500 spectators with additional depending on crowd control and setup. The maximum occupancy for under the pavilion is 462 with tables and chairs, and just under 1,000 seated auditorium style.
The last phase of the project will be the development of the event center inside of what is known as the Timmins building on the corner of Baker and Greenleaf. Originally built as a warehouse in the 1920s, the building will be converted into a multipurpose event center with spaces for conventions and breakout activities. The intent of the aesthetic is the bring in modern features while preserving the building’s original industrial character.
Plans for the second phase of the project, which will include a banquet hall and additional meeting rooms, are expected to be complete by the end of the year with construction to begin in early 2022.