This project is to construct the first phase of a two phase design and construction process for the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Center on the campus of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). This project includes, in the first phase, a black box theater with supporting spaces and offices for the academic theater and dance departments, a theater and supporting spaces for TheatreWorks, an intimate 250 seat recital hall in support of the music department, a 750 to 800 seat performance space/theatre, and the Gallery of Contemporary Art.
The first phase will also include some additional learning/rehearsal space, a public reception functional lobby and “back-of-the-house” support spaces that will also provide support for community programs. The first phase will be approximately 85,000 gross square feet (gsf) with an estimated project cost of $56 million. Additional infrastructure, beyond the building boundary, include vehicle access (roadway re-alignment), parking, sidewalks, exterior lighting, storm drainage control features and landscaping, targeting LEED Gold Certification.