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Art Museum of South Texas set to receive $850,000 in improvements

At Tuesday's City Council meeting, community leaders awarded a construction contract to the museum for renovations. The project is set to begin in May.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Mayor Paulette Guajardo and the City Council awarded an $850,000 contract to South Texas Building Partners, Inc. in order to complete a wide array of improvements to the Art Museum of South Texas.

The project aims to replace seven of the ten skylights in the museum, and will add new windows to the café area overlooking the Harbor Bridge and Texas State Aquarium.

"We need to have civic investments. In art especially. It's my first time visiting the museum and it's nice," according to Aaron Power, a visitor to the Art Museum of South Texas.

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Officials say the project aims to solve water leaks and moisture issues the museum has been facing, and improve emergency entrances and exits and ADA accessibility. 

"The Phillip Johnson designed building is 50 years old this year and the windows are original," according to Sarah Morgan, museum director. "The addition is 16 years old this year. And as you can see we have a beautiful view. We sit right on the bay so we are susceptible to conditions from our location."

Morgan said the building was built by donations and then handed over to the city.  

The project is set to begin in May 2022, and is scheduled to finish in Dec. 2022.

The Art Museum of South Texas opened in 1972. It is owned by the City of Corpus Christi, and operated by Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.

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