Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Trinity Trust and the City of Dallas Announce Major Gift and Welcome Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Designer Santiago Calatrava

WHO: Santiago Calatrava, internationally acclaimed architect, engineer, designer and artist. He is the architect of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the first signature bridge over the Trinity River.
-Mayor of Dallas Tom Leppert and the City of Dallas Councilmembers
-City of Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm
-The Trinity Trust Foundation President Gail Thomas, Board of Directors Chair Mary McDermott Cook and supporters

WHAT:The Trinity Trust and the City of Dallas have planned a major gift announcement that coincides with a visit from Santiago Calatrava, architect of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. They will also provide an opportunity to view videos on the steel arrival and to hear from the City Council and Mr. Calatrava.

With two shipments of steel at the bridge construction site, Williams Brothers Construction and Texas Department of Transportation are working with the welders from Cimolai in Italy to assemble the bridge roadway and the 400-foot center arch. The largest piece of steel weighs 70 tons, or 140,000 pounds. Once built, the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge will connect West Dallas to Woodall Rodgers Freeway, and it will focus attention on the river with this magnificent architectural signature bridge crossing over it.

On Friday, Sept. 25, Mr. Calatrava will be a special guest for The Trinity Trust’s “Bridging the Trinity” Bridge Fair. He will be joined by National Honorary Chairs U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson. Honorary Event Chairs are Mary McDermott Cook, Lyda Hill, Al Hill Jr. and Alinda Wikert. More information can be found at www.bridgingthetrinity.com.

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 24, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
3:15 p.m. – Remarks and gift announcement

WHERE:The Trinity Trust, 1444 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75207

About The Trinity Trust Foundation and The Trinity Center:
The Trinity Trust raises private funds and public awareness to implement the Balanced Vision Plan for The Trinity project in conjunction with the City of Dallas. The Trinity Trust has established The Trinity Center as the gathering place for all civic and non-profit groups working to revitalize the Trinity River in Dallas. It houses the offices of The Trinity Trust Foundation, Texas Horse Park, Groundwork Dallas and Trinity Strand Trail; and hosts meetings, workshops and events for these organizations and the Trinity Commons Foundation. The Trinity Center facilitates collaboration between these entities and the City of Dallas and encourages seamless integration of all the components of The Trinity project. More information can be found by calling 214.740.1616, by emailing info@thetrinitytrust.org, or by visiting www.thetrinitytrust.org.

This fall, The Trinity Trust is sponsoring the “Suspense is Building” educational outreach campaign. Watch for distinctive billboards, backlit SmartSigns, a DART bus wrapped in the campaign's message, The Dallas Morning News ads, and area radio spots. For more information, visit www.discoverthetrinity.org.

About the Trinity River Corridor Project:
The projected $2 billion Trinity River Corridor Project is the largest and most complex public works and urban development project undertaken by the City of Dallas, and is first and foremost a flood protection solution and one of the largest of its type in the nation. The project consists of five major components: flood protection, transportation, recreation, environment management, and business development. The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, designed by internationally known architect Santiago Calatrava, is under construction and will be completed in 2011. A second Calatrava designed bridge, the Margaret McDermott Bridge (I-30), is planned for a later date. The Trinity River Audubon Center (TRAC), a flagship location for the Texas Audubon Society, is a beautiful teaching and recreational site in the Great Trinity Forest. TRAC celebrates its first anniversary October 10-11, 2009. Gateway Parks, such as Moore Park Gateway, are under renovation, and Loop 12 Gateway is being designed. In addition, over ten miles of new trail has been completed, as is the 70-acre Lower Chain of Wetlands. For project updates and to watch the bridge progress, visit: www.trinityrivercorridor.org.