Huebert Builders will handle Missouri Theatre’s renovation

Friday, July 27, 2007 | 2:51 p.m. CDT; updated 7:25 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Columbia- Before Friday’s midnight curtain closing at the Missouri Theatre for a 10-month renovation and expansion, there were a few more announcements.

* Huebert Builders Inc. was announced as the general contractor for the theater restoration project by Cortney Wright, president of the board of directors for the Missouri Symphony Society. Huebert Builders, a Columbia contractor, will subcontract to several local businesses.

Wayne Huebert, president of Huebert Builders, said the historical restoration of the theater’s paint and the silver and gold leaf will be done by Rainbow Painting & Decorating Inc. from Jefferson City.

Five general contractors bid on the project. Cary Gampher, theater project architect with The Architects Alliance Inc., of Jefferson City, which designed the plans for the renovation and expansion, said the firm interviewed three contractors before choosing Huebert Builders. The contractor will begin work Aug. 6.

* Kevin Gibbens, co-chairman of the capital campaign committee for the theater, announced that several local banks — First National, Boone County National, UMB, Commerce and Callaway — have come together to provide the project with a $5 million construction loan. The short-term loan is expected to be paid off as soon as construction is certified at the end of the project and resulting tax credits are sold.

* Jennifer Sonnenberg, winner of the Home is Where the Art Is “Where’s David?” photo contest, was thrilled to win tickets to every public event at the theater for the rest of her life. The audience laughed with her as she accepted the prize.

“We have no intention of moving, so you’re stuck with us,” Sonnenberg said.

* The Cherry Street Artisan announced its contract with the theater to provide event concessions and run the mezzanine level Missouri Theatre Encore Lounge.

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