– Fentress Bradburn Architects Ltd., the architectural firm selected to assist with the master-planning process of the
shared Pre-Design study findings with Arvada City Council in a study session on April 12.
The firm recommended that the expansion be completed in two phases, Phase I to be completed by 2008, and Phase II to be completed by 2018.Fentress Bradburn presented a new square footage total for the expanded Center of 234,094, a decrease of 40,000 square feet from the original estimate of 273,590. Phase I of the expansion will provide an additional 100,000 square feet and is projected to cost
$45 to $48 million.
The architects presented their final two program models, 4.5 and 5.5.The Arvada City Council preferred model 4.5, the same one favored by attendees at the Community Meeting held on March 3.
This option includes a new entry from Wadsworth Boulevard (east of the current entry), expanded parking to the south that will double the amount of current parking spaces, a new 1200-seat theater, an entry plaza and sculpture garden, as well as the renovation and re-opening of the Center’s black box theater.Additional space will also be added for expanded museum storage, galleries, ballroom/meeting facilities and education programs.
Reasons for the Council’s preference included the model’s southern exposure and main entrance off of
providing a stunning visual element to the community, as well as a main lobby that interconnects with the new theater and the retainment of the Center’s current kitchen. Parking concerns were addressed and Deborah Ellerman explained the significance and incorporation of the
’s current public art pieces in the new building.“When public art is commissioned, there is a moral obligation to maintain that art,” states Ellerman.“The
’s public art pieces are very significant pieces commissioned by internationally renowned artists.They will not be taken down or demolished, but instead will be accentuated and used as building blocks as the expansion progresses.”
Funding for additional portions of the Schematic/Pre-Design phase was also part of the discussion. The Arvada City Council had previously challenged the Center to obtain outside funds for the remainder of the phase. The Center has obtained this funding from two HUD (Housing and Urban Development) appropriations totaling $290,000, a donation of $50,000 from local builder, Advocate Homes, and a new matching grant up to $25,000 from Village Homes.Fentress Bradburn will now conduct a feasibility study to refine the scope of Phase I and will formulate a plan, budget and time frame for its completion before moving forward.
Once the Schematic/Pre-Design phase is complete, the accumulation of drawings and models produced during the entire phase will be used to generate public interest and to build support for a capital campaign. The capital campaign is projected to launch in 2006 and will last approximately 9 to 12 months.
for the Arts and Humanities is the metro area’s eighth largest cultural attraction, devoted to all aspects of the arts.Located two and a half miles north of Interstate 70 on
is a short 20-minute drive from downtown
.For more information call the
box office at 720-898-7200 or visit the Center’s website at www.arvadacenter.org
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