Upon approval of the Arvada City Council, the Arvada Center will proceed with an expansion in three phases instead of two. A three-phased approach recognizes the city’s dedication to arts and the Arvada Center’s expansion but proceeds along a path that also recognizes financial realities in an economically sluggish market. Currently the Arvada Center is a market leader, a position to be protected because once lost it’s not easily regain. Investment of this nature is critical if the Arvada Center is going to remain competitive on a regional basis particularly at a time when a number of communities are either building or considering adding competitive cultural venues. Failing to anticipate competitive forces and proactively plan for the future could actually hinder the future viability of the Arvada Center.
This expansion will receive $6 million in Capital Improvement Project funding. CIP funding, earmarked for one-time capital improvements, will allow the Center to accomplish several components of the comprehensive program plan approved in 2002. Anticipated completion date of this phase is July 2006 and will correspond with the Center’s 30th Anniversary Celebration.
In Phase 1 of the expansion an additional 19,000 square feet of program space will be created as well as exterior and interior upgrades and refurbishments, specifically including:
- Completion of a small theater initially built in 1992.
- Increase ballroom/conference facility seating from 500 to 750.
- Provide storage space for hospitality services.
- Provide rehearsal and storage space for performing arts.
- Increase exhibition space for the history museum and additional collection storage.
- Refurbish existing interior
- Modify site work including exterior lighting and signage upgrades.
Expansion Mission Statement
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities will initially undertake a moderate expansion plan that is sensitive to current economic conditions and at the same time recognizes the need to meet the community’s demand for quality programming and services in the arts as well as its obligation to serve as a community center for civic and social events.