Findings will be Shared with City Council April 12
ARVADA, Colo. – Fentress Bradburn Architects Ltd., the architectural firm selected to assist with the master-planning process of the Arvada Center’s expansion, shared findings of the Pre-Design study at a community meeting held at the Arvada Center on March 3. The meeting was held to seek public input on how to enhance and improve the Center’s current programs and facilities as part of the expansion project.
A history of the expansion project was given including a brief discussion of the program plan completed in 2002, which provided a feasibility study and marketing assessment for the project. Based on this plan, Fentress Bradburn moved forward with the Pre-Design study portion of the Schematic/Pre-Design phase.
The firm’s Pre-Design study findings recommended that the expansion project be completed in two phases, Phase I to be completed by 2008, and Phase II to be completed by 2018.Fentress Bradburn presented their original idea diagrams, which culminated into the final two program models, 4.5 and 5.5.
Program model 4.5 was the favored option among meeting attendees. 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.
Phase I of the expansion will provide an additional 100,000 square feet and will include more space for all of the Arvada Center’s disciplines.“Synergy among programs is who we are,” commented Debbie Ellerman, Arvada Center executive director.“This model for the expansion allows for a greater connection between programs, facilitating the Center’s interdisciplinary use.”
The cost estimate for Phase I of $45 million was presented. A cost estimate for Phase II has yet to be determined. The original estimate for the entire project was $69.5 million. It was also stated that all current permanent art installations at the Arvada Center will be retained in the expansion. They will not be taken down or demolished, but instead accentuated and used as building blocks as the expansion progresses.This includes the Vito Acconci piece, which forms a wall inside the building, and the Clarice Dreyer wall, which is part of the outdoor amphitheater.
Fentress Bradburn will share Pre-Design study findings and community feedback with City Council in a study session on April 12 prior to moving forward with additional portions of the Schematic/Design phase of the project.This progression has been made possible by funding received from a 2004 HUD (Housing and Urban Development) appropriation of $200,000, a donation of $50,000 from local builder, Advocate Homes, and a Village Homes matching grant challenge currently underway.The accumulation of drawings and models produced during the entire Schematic/Pre-Design phase will be used to generate public interest and to build support for a capital campaign.
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 more information call the Arvada Center box office at 720-898-7200 or visit the Center’s website at www.arvadacenter.org
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