Vertical construction began on Wednesday at the Tyler Rose Complex, which Assistant City Manager Stephanie Franklin described as “an exciting day for the City of Tyler.”
As Franklin spoke, the construction team used a 300-ton crane to lift 35-foot dump walls, which weigh between 20,000 and 25,000 pounds.
After the Harvey Convention Center was demolished in August, construction began on the Tyler Rose Complex, an approximately $ 28 million project. Earthwork has been ongoing on the Tyler Rose Complex since then, but no vertical construction has commenced until the drop walls are in place, Franklin said.
“This is the very first vertical wall that goes up,” said Kelly Norris, WRL General Contractors Superintendent at work. “It takes a long time on the ground, but once it goes up it goes quickly.”
Construction is on schedule, Norris said. By the end of January the building will be ready and the construction team can go inside to start framing the walls, added Norris.
In addition to beginning the vertical construction of the Tyler Rose Complex, the crews were also working on parking lots and light poles on the south side of the building, Norris said.
While other projects have experienced supply chain issues, the city is “optimistic” about moving forward and completing the conference center on time, Franklin said.
“We remain confident that we will open the building with the Texas Rose Festival in October 2022,” said Franklin.
The Tyler Rose Garden is a National Landmark and Historic Site for Tyler, and the Rose Center Complex will help build the “No. 1 tourist attraction, ”she said. This building is for new visitors and current residents, Franklin added.
“This is a new opportunity to revitalize an area that is important to the City of Tyler and our region,” said Franklin.