W is for Windows
UPDATE: W Hotel management start repairs, ACL continues shows
By Richard Whittaker,
2:30PM, Wed. Jun. 29, 2011
After several sheets of glass fell out of the W Hotel and Residencies, owners Stratus Properties have announced that the hotel will remain closed while repairs are undertaken. However, ACL Live at the Moody Theater has confirmed that, except for tonight's Wine Down Wednesday, their shows will continue unchanged.
Guests have been re-located to other hotels while all balcony glass is replaced. "We will make this right," said Stratus CEO Beau Armstrong.
During the repairs, streets on three sides of the building have been closed: Both west lanes of Lavaca between Second and Third; Both east lanes of Guadalupe between Second and Third; And Third is completely closed between Lavaca and Guadalupe.
UPDATE: Armstrong released a new statement just after 5.30pm, confirming that the company will provide "ongoing employment" to current staff during the repairs.
As for the repairs, 12 two-man repair crews have been removing glass panes and so far have cleared three levels on the sides facing Lavaca, Second and Third. Austin Commercial will serve as general contractor on this stage of the project, while Thornton Tomasetti will serve as structural engineer and US Railing of Tampa, Fla., will oversee the balcony railing system. BOKA Powell and Curtain Wall Design Consultants, both out of Dallas, will serve as architect of record and the independent inspection engineering firm respectively.
As for performances at the Moody Theater in the W building, ACL Live issued this statement:
"No changes have been made to ACL Live's ongoing schedule. We have postponed tonight's Wine Down Wednesday event in order to give the engineers the freedom needed to carry out their duties."
Regular performances will continue with next week's Wine Down Wednesday with Dan Dyer, and the theater will be open for the Davis Cup ceremonial drawing on July 7 and Cedric the Entertainer on July 8.