Behind a chain-link fence that surrounds the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, hammering, grinding and drilling echo throughout. Cranes move tons of steel used to reinforce the auditorium and the 120-foot-tall metal veil that will be placed atop the building's historic façade. Workers balance on steel beams high above the ground, laboring to assemble the auditorium's shell, which should be complete by May.
It has been more than a year since work started on the $203 million renovation. Although the project looks to be just inching along, it is still on target to be completed by May 2014, with an opening date four months later, said J. Bruce Bugg Jr., president and chairman of the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation.