Civic Center releases first look at new arena
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Officials are making progress on the new Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Expansion Project. The design development phase is completed, and they’ve provided a first look at what the facility’s exterior will be like. Additionally, the Mortenson and Scull construction firms have officially put out applications for contractors to help build the arena.
Designers say the aesthetic of the building uses red and copper tone finishes and was inspired by the natural environment of Rapid City and the surrounding Black Hills.
It will be nearly 250,000 square feet and will continue to host Rodeo Rapid City, Black Hills Powwow, Lakota Nation Invitational and countless other sports and entertainment events.
Officials say it will also feature additional social spaces within view of the action and vastly improved load-in/load-out capabilities that will allow the facility to accommodate a wider variety of concerts and shows.
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. On Wednesday the contractors hosted a forum to start conversations about the skills needed to complete the $130 million project.
During the forum they went over preliminary bids and discussed construction schedules.
According to Allen Troshinsky, vice president of operations at Mortenson, “There will be an immediate impact just in the employment and business opportunities over the next two years and then once the facility opens it’s just another gathering space for families and folks to come and enjoy a good show.”
“We’re just months away from seeing big changes at the Civic Center,” said Craig Baltzer, executive director of the civic center. “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.