The facility officially opened the weekend of January 15th, 2017 but an inspection report dated December 21, 2016 has Fort Bend County residents asking “were the 33 code violations of the Smart Financial Center fully addressed before the concert venue even opened to host events?”
Documents obtained from the City of Sugar Land contained a report published by ACI, American Construction Investigations, Ltd. explicitly detailing 33 non-complying items associated with the ACE Center, now commonly known at the Smart Financial Center.
The concert venue located at 18111 Lexington Blvd. in Sugar Land, Texas was inspected and found to be “not in compliance” with some provisions of the Texas Government Code, Chapter 469.
Several items in the report were found to be out-of-compliance with accessibility standards for handicapped patrons. No handicapped “van accessible” signs were provided at the van accessible parking space. One section of the parking lot was found to have no van accessible parking space at all.
Wheelchair spaces in suites were reported to be bolted to the suite floor and companion seats photographed as not movable. No cane detection was provided under one of the backstage exit stairs and handrails were not properly located near theater entrance ramps.
At multiple locations, doors into the theatre were determined to be 31.5 inches wide as opposed to a clear width of 32 inches standard. A water closet in a women’s-accessible bathroom was found to have its center-line improperly positioned in relation to a side wall.
Linbeck Group is “ in the process of addressing all deficient items indicated on the inspection report. As stated below, the construction team has up to one year from project completion to address all items. We anticipate all items to be addressed and cleared with ACI by the end of March 2017.”
View the entire report here.