Ruth Eckerd Half Expansion
Location: Clearwater, FL
Description: Ruth Eckerd Hall, located in Clearwater, FL, was founded in 1977 when a 38-acre parcel of land was donated to the City of Clearwater by June Baumgardner Gelbart in honor of Richard 8. Baumgardner, Sr., with the condition that the land be used for a performing arts center. Local philanthropist Jack Eckerd donated to the cause and purchased naming rights for the venue for his beloved Ruth. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held in 1979 and the Hall was completed in October 1983, opening on October 16, 1983. Ruth Eckerd Hall is a 73,000 square-foot facility.
Raynor Scope of Work: The goal for this project was to create a floor-to-ceiling glassed-in lobby that would expand the space from 1,000 to 6,000 feet. Raynor worked on both the interior and exterior of the Ruth Eckerd expansion. Their scope of work included exterior frame walls and ceilings with stucco and EIFS finish. Raynor also provided framing and Drywall on the building’s interior walls, ceilings, and soffits.