Construction has begun on the new City of Beaumont Event Center, designed by Houston-based Studio RED Architects in collaboration with SWA Group, Houston. The Event Center, lake park and outdoor lawn is part of a long range plan to create a new heart of downtown Beaumont. Construction of the $7.9 million project is slated to be completed by CF Jordan in July of 2011.
Inspired by Beaumont’s history as a ship building center, Studio RED designed the center to simulate an abstract form of a ship, with an outdoor canopy reminiscent of a wooden hull. According to Trung Doan, AIA, Studio RED partner, “It was critical that the design of the new center reflects Beaumont’s story while it helps to revitalize downtown. We created a unique image with its own character that still blended into the urban context.”
Studio RED is also currently working on the new City of Houston Permitting Center and Green Building Resource Center.