City of Fort Worth Names North Texas’ AECOM Hunt, Byrne, EJ Smith Construction Firms

Fort Worth Convention Center

Industry-leading companies selected for Construction Manager At Risk based on proven expertise and deep roots in the local community

The City of Fort Worth today
announced it has selected three leading North Texas construction firms
to lead the Fort Worth Convention Center’s expansion. The firms, each
based in and with deep ties to the North Texas region, were chosen based
on their extensive past experience. Under the contract, the firms will
manage the full scope of Phase 1 of the project’s construction for up to
$30 million.

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“The AECOM Hunt/Byrne/EJ Smith team combines a national builder with 35
years of extensive convention center expansion expertise with reputable
local builders who have past experience with our center and deep roots
in Fort Worth,” said Mike Crum, Director of Public Events for the City
of Fort Worth.

AECOM Hunt, Byrne, and EJ Smith have extensive roots and long history
within the Fort Worth community, an experience that was a cornerstone to
their selection for the convention center project. Collectively, they
have successfully completed hundreds of major projects throughout the
region and state. The companies have been the proud recipients of
numerous regional and national awards for quality and safety in
construction, as well as numerous other industry awards.

“Our company is proud to call North Texas home, and even more proud to
contribute to Fort Worth’s thriving community and economic development,”
said AECOM Hunt’s Monte Thurmond, EVP and South Region Manager. “This
the project brings excitement throughout the entire city and we’re honored
to work with the city and help bring it to life.”

Cori Smith, AECOM Hunt Vice President, brings an extensive portfolio
of expertise in convention centers, stated, “Convention centers are a
force for regional economic growth and opportunity, fueling jobs,
drawing visitors and building opportunities. Having proudly worked on
numerous projects across the country, our team brings innovation and
expertise – and we look forward to showcasing the best of what’s
possible in Fort Worth.”

“This project will bring incredible visibility to our city, and as a
local Fort Worth company, being on this team is a point of great pride,”
said Ben Robertson, Vice President at Byrne Construction Services [4].
“We look forward to every step ahead in bringing new life to our
convention center, and paving the way for all the leading events to

Eugene Walker, President, and CEO of EJ Smith Construction [5], stated,
“Our team couldn’t be prouder to have the opportunity to support the
City of Fort Worth, and to be a part of building a part of its future.
Working with our partners, we look forward to creating jobs, getting to
work and delivering an incredible convention center for our region.”

The expansion project will take place in two phases and the facility
will remain operational during both. The first phase includes the
construction of new state-of-the-art food & beverage facilities,
demolition of the annex, realignment of Commerce Street to create a site
pad for a future convention hotel, and increasing the center’s loading
docks. This phase is expected to begin construction in mid-2023 and be
completed in 2026.

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