– At its October 4 meeting, the Arvada City Council approved a revised Phase I plan for the
expansion and allocated $6 million to launch the process. This decision culminates several years of research and planning for the Center’s expansion, and takes the first step toward implementing a carefully crafted master plan. The modified Phase I includes specific components of the original recommendation presented last April by Fentress Bradburn Architects Ltd. Completion of the Phase I expansion is anticipated for the summer of 2006 corresponding with the Center’s 30th anniversary.
This newly revised plan calls for the completion of the small theater initially roughed out in the 1992 expansion. The ballroom/conference area will increase to accommodate seating for 750 and to provide storage space for hospitality services. Performing Arts will find itself with more rehearsal and storage space, and the Gallery will benefit from additional exhibition space for the
and collection storage. The expansion plan also includes refurbishment of the existing interior of the Center and upgrades to exterior lighting and signage.
The decision to phase in the expansion was based on the City’s need to balance the need for and financial requirements of several capital improvement projects (CIP). Arvada Mayor Ken Fellman is confident the correct balance has been struck. “
is a great city. Great cities invest in the arts, as well as in roads, and utility infrastructure,” states Fellman. He continues to say, “We are fortunate that good financial planning allows us to continue to invest in important capital projects at a time when cities all across the country are cutting back.” The
expansion is one of four major capital improvement projects; the others include the
railroad tracks grade separation, a parking garage for the new
library in Olde Town Arvada, and renovation of the
serves approximately 400,000 visitors annually which represents a 300% growth since the last expansion in 1992. “We welcome expansion of any magnitude,” states Deborah Ellerman,
executive director. Ellerman goes on to say, “This expansion is a significant investment in the Center’s future and its ability to serve the growing demand for our programs and our facility.”
Next steps in the process entail the
working with the architects to map out a timeline, which will include finalizing the expansion design and construction plan, coordinating construction and programming logistics, and of course implementing the actual construction and refurbishment.
The Arvada Center 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 Wadsworth, the Arvada Center is a short 20-minute drive from downtown Denver. For media requests, contact Cynthia DeLarber at 720-898-7270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.