The Arvada Center opened in 1976 and served approximately 12,000 visitors its first year.
The 1992 Expansion Project nearly doubled the size of the facility, but with continued growth in demand and programming the Center’s attendance in 2003 reached almost 400,000.
In 2001 a master plan for expansion was established and Fentress Bradburn Architects LTD was selected as the architectural team for the master-planning process. Fentress Bradburn conducted an expansion program plan which included a feasibility study, market assessment of future fund-raising capability and a proposed funding strategy.
In December 2002, City Council approved the program plan for an additional 152,590 square feet @ $69.7 million. The Arvada Center was challenged to raise a portion of the $1 million needed for the Schematic/Pre-Design phase of the expansion.
Since 2003, over $340,000 has been secured to fund the Schematic Pre-Design phase which includes a $290,000 HUD appropriation in 2003/2004; $50,000from Advocate Homes; and $7,000 in matching gift from Village Homes. An additional $100,000 HUD appropriation is anticipated in 2004.
The Pre-Design phase of the Schematic Design was completed in spring of 2004 and presented at several community meetings and to the City Council. The outcome of this phase was a recommendation to approach the expansion in two stages.
Two-Phased Expansion Plan - Phase I to be completed by 2008 and Phase II to be completed by 2018 would eventually result in a total square footage of 234,094 for the expanded Center. Phase I of the expansion would have initially provided an additional 100,000 square feet and was projected to cost $45 to $48 million.
On October 4,2004, the Arvada City Council decided to proceed with the expansion of the Arvada Center in a three-phased process requiring the allocation of one-time CIP project funds of $6 million.