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Photo 1: Shell
Point residents and management sign the final steel beam at the Tribby Arts
Center “topping off” ceremony held on Jan. 8.
Photo 2: A group
of Shell Point residents, who helped raise money for their community’s new performing
arts center, toured the construction site of the building that is set to open
in fall 2020.
Photo 3: Adam
Hinds, vice president of operations at Shell Point, led a group of residents on
a guided tour through the new 44,000-square-foot performing arts center, which
will provide state-of-the-art work spaces, a 400-seat auditorium and more.
Photo 4: Shell Point
Retirement Community recently held a topping off ceremony to mark the
construction on the Tribby Arts Center, a two-level, 44,000-square-foot
performing arts center dedicated to visual and performing arts, as well as
(Front row, left to right):
Shell Point residents Ken Saccaro, Deloris Wright, Linda and Bill Doty; Shell
Point President Martin Schappell; Shell Point residents Joan Schlackman,
Patricia and Michael Armstrong, Joan and Ron Edman, Marge and David Lee,
Deborah LaGorce; Adam Hinds, vice president of operations at Shell Point; Shell
Point residents Richard Brown, Mary Buck, Betsy Conrad, Marie McCarthy, Carol
and Bobby Mann, Richard Flinn. (Back row, left to right): Jeff
Cory, executive director of Legacy Foundation at Shell Point; Mike Beaudette,
superintendent of Gates Construction; Dave Erb, superintendent of Gates
Construction; Marco Petretta, director of construction at Gates Construction;
David Tropf, project manager of Gates Construction; Julie Nipper, project manager
of Shell Point; Justin Schiff, director of purchasing and construction at Shell
Point; Carolyn Darling, administrative assistant at Shell Point.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 16,
2020) – On Jan. 8, Shell Point Retirement Community held a “topping
off” ceremony to mark the major construction milestone on the Tribby Arts
Center, a two-level, 44,000-square-foot performing arts center dedicated to
visual and performing arts as well as educational programming.
The celebration included more than
20 Shell Point residents along with members of Shell Point’s executive team.
Each of the attendees signed the final steel beam that was hoisted into place
to signify that the structure had reached its maximum height. Additionally, a
guided tour through the semi-complete building offered Shell Point’s residents
a chance to experience the new spaces firsthand. Representatives from the
building contractor, Gates Construction, also joined in the celebration.
“Today marks a special day as we
celebrate the tremendous progress that has been made on the Tribby Arts
Center,” said Shell Point President Martin Schappell. “This is going to be a
wonderful addition to the many amenities that we have at Shell Point. With all
of the available arts programs, the 400-seat auditorium and more, the potential
for this building is limitless.”
A catered lunch was provided for
the Gates Construction team to thank them for their efforts.
“Gates Construction is doing a
wonderful job,” said Adam Hinds, vice president of operations at Shell Point.
“On average, there are 60 to 70 guys out here each day working hard through the
heat, rain and all kinds of weather. Everyone is focused on the same goal as we
look forward to the grand opening in fall 2020.”
When complete, the Tribby Arts
Center will include a grand entrance and atrium gallery, full-time art gallery,
practice rooms for musicians, dance and theatre arts studio, literary lounge
and arts library, and numerous studios for painting, crafts, pottery, quilting,
stained glass and photography, plus a 400-seat, tiered theatre.
Additionally, the art gallery and
shop will display and sell residents’ artworks and host a wide variety of
exhibitions, and the Collectors’ Gallery will rotate art from residents’ own
collections. Bonus features include a gift shop featuring artists’ works, a
French bistro and a sculpture garden that will surround the arts center
offering delightful spots to relax, read, stroll, create and enjoy art and music.
The Tribby Arts Center will join
the long list of lifestyle amenities at Shell Point, which includes a
championship 18-hole golf course with an elegantly appointed clubhouse, free
boat docks with deep-water access to the Gulf of Mexico, coastal-inspired
restaurants, charming outdoor cafes, luxurious salon and spas, fitness centers,
tennis and pickleball, and miles of scenic walking and bike trails. Shell Point
Retirement Community is located along the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers,
Florida, just two miles before Sanibel Island. A nationally recognized
leader in the retirement industry, Shell Point is the largest single-site
continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Florida and the second largest
in the country with 2,500 residents and more than 1,200 employees. For further
information about the Tribby Arts Center at Shell Point, go to www.shellpoint.org
or call 1-800-780-1131.
Emily Rose, Public
Relations Coordinator, Shell Point Retirement Community, 239-454-8245 or firstname.lastname@example.org