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OFFICIALS RELEASE ARCHITECT'S RENDERING OF NEW ARENA FACILITY EXTERIOR General Interior Features Outlined; Fall Groundbreaking Planned
(RAPID CITY, SD – May 24, 2019) –The design development phase of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Expansion Project has been completed and officials are providing a first look at the architectural rendering of the facility's exterior and providing information on specific features to the interior of the new arena facility.
The exterior design for the new arena is inspired by the history and natural environment of Rapid City and the surrounding Black Hills. Features include rich red and copper tone finishes, punctuated by nodes of glass to highlight activity within, creating an iconic architectural image that will anchor a new era for entertainment in Rapid City.
The nearly 250,000 square foot arena will be home to Rodeo Rapid City, Black Hills Powwow, Lakota Nation Invitational and countless other sports and entertainment events. Officials indicate the arena design features intimate seating with the majority of the seats located on the facility's south and west ends. Other features of the multi-purpose venue will include the flexibility to host end stage and center stage concerts, family shows, circuses, basketball and large-scale wrestling tournaments, as well as open-floor exhibitions. Both the upper and lower levels will load from one main concourse, creating a dynamic gathering area for event goers. The design caters to the next generation of fans, featuring open and transparent concourses, additional social spaces within view of the action, and a variety of experiential and premium seating options. Additional operational efficiencies include vastly improved load-in/load-out capabilities that will allow the facility to accommodate a wider variety of concerts and shows.
Rushmore Plaza Civic Center officials have worked closely with the project’s architectural firms, Perkins and Will and JLG Architects to create and approve design and development concepts while remaining committed to the $130 million project budget. Mortenson Construction and Scull Construction will begin work on the project, which is located on the west side of the existing Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, this fall.
“We’re just months away from seeing big changes at the Civic Center,” said Executive Director Craig Baltzer. “These plans reflect the commitment of city officials and the generosity of the citizens of Rapid City to build a modern sports and entertainment destination in the heart of downtown. This new arena will represent our city and region in a way that we have not seen in a number of years and people will be amazed at how well this new venue enhances the experience for all our guests.”
Officials anticipate an official groundbreaking for the new arena around November 1 with facility completion scheduled for Fall of 2021.More Info
Mortenson/Scull to hold Contractor Forum for Expansion Project
(RAPID CITY, SD – May 3, 2019) – M.A. Mortenson and Scull Construction Service, the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for the Civic Center Arena Expansion Project are holding a Contractor Forum, Wednesday, May 22nd at 4pm in LaCroix Hall.
Representatives from Mortenson/Scull, as well as the design team and owner representatives will be present to give an overview of the project, the tentative bidding and construction schedules, and information regarding the procurement process moving forward. Following a brief presentation, the team will be available to answer questions regarding the project and timeline.
This Forum is open to all contracting firms that are interested in serving on the project in a sub-contractor capacity.
"A project of this magnitude is going need all hands on deck, and this Forum is a great way for local contractors to learn about how they can get involved. It also happens to be an unofficial kick-off to the construction phase of this project, which we cannot wait to get started." said Civic Center Director Craig Baltzer.
Any questions about the Forum can be directed to Jake Losett of Scull Construction at [email protected] or 605-342-2379.
Public Committees Announced
The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center is pleased to announce the selection of our Citizen Design and Operation Committees. We believe that these groups represent diverse perspectives, expertise, affiliations, and experiences.
We received a high number of applicants to serve on these committees and are excited by the enthusiasm of those selected:
Ann Bretlinger – Rapid City, SD
Chuck Henrie – Rapid City, SD
Curt Cressy – Piedmont, SD
Don Wrede – Rapid City, SD
Doug Noyes – Rapid City, SD
Erin Krueger – Rapid City, SD
Jeff Lage – Rapid City, SD
Jim Hunt – Faith, SD
Joni Anderson – Rapid City, SD
Kristin Stephenson – Rapid City, SD
Matt Brunner – Rapid City, SD
Mutch Usera – Rapid City, SD
Andrea Serna – Rapid City, SD
Chuck Wilson – Mission, SD
Jacob Rissler – Chadron, NE
Jim Aberle – Lead, SD
John Krogstrand – Pierre, SD
Jordan Bauer – Rapid City, SD
Kellie Dean – Spearfish, SD
Mike Taicher – Rapid City, SD
Nate Brown – Summerset, SD
Rorey Lemmel – Whitewood, SD
Steve Sutton – Onida, SD
Tim Johnson – Rapid City, SD
The Committees will begin their work right away with their first meetings slated for November. They will be providing important feedback on the potential design and operation elements to be included in the new building.
"We were thrilled with the response from the community and surrounding areas. These committees will have a strong voice as we move forward on this project and we look forward to hearing what they have to say," said Civic Center Director Craig Baltzer.
Any questions about the committees can be directed to Priscilla Dominguez, Director of Corporate Sales and Marketing at 605.394.4115 or [email protected]