Salt Lake County broke ground today on the new Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center, ushering in a new era of opportunity in the county for the performing arts.

“Salt Lake County is a thriving metropolitan area and enjoys a wealth of performing arts and cultural offerings; in fact county residents enjoy performing as much they enjoy attending live events,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams. “This new regional cultural asset will provide the fast-growing mid- valley with purpose-built and much needed rehearsal and performance spaces.”

The new Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center will fulfill a well-documented need for rehearsal and performance space in the region and will include a 400-seat Mainstage Theater, a 200-seat Studio 5400 Theater, and a multi-use rehearsal and event space — as well as technical support spaces and equipment.

Salt Lake County is constructing, operating and maintaining the venue, adding to the County’s robust inventory of performing arts venues. Taylorsville partnered with Salt Lake County in making a financial contribution and providing the land through a long-term ground lease.

“We are thrilled to see the construction of the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center moving forward,” said Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson. “This beautiful addition to Taylorsville fits right in to our 20/20 Vision for the Year 2020 and beyond, as well as our continuing focus on the arts. I can’t wait to see the first performance.”

Salt Lake County Center for the Arts Division Director Sarah Pearce echoed community enthusiasm for the new facility.

“We are pleased to provide the mid-valley with the spaces, places and services that patrons and performers expect from a Center for the Arts venue,” said

Pearce. “This new facility will offer professional theater operations including full service ticketing through ArtTix, event management, technical direction and support, and dedicated front-of-house management. Planned public art, both indoor and outdoor, will distinguish the new venue and help create a sense of place.”

The project team includes representatives from Salt Lake County, Taylorsville City, architects Method Studio, theater consultants The Shalleck Collaborative, and general contractor Jacobsen Construction.

“We have been working with Salt Lake County and Taylorsville for nearly two years in planning the perfect facility,” said Joe Smith, Founding Principal at Method Studio. “Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center will be a striking addition to the county’s Center for the Arts venues.”

The Shalleck Collaborative provides design and guidance in developing theater systems – seating, lighting, engineering, audiovisual – for both front and back- stage applications. Since 2003, Shalleck Collaborative has worked on more than 25 facilities related to MVPAC.

Construction of the facility will be led and managed by Salt Lake City-based Jacobsen Construction Company (JCC), a general contractor with a 96-year building history in Salt Lake County.

“We are thrilled to be the general contractor for this exciting new facility because of what it will mean for the performing arts and everyone in the community,” said JCC President and CEO Doug Welling. “In terms of making life better — this is definitely a signature project.”

The anticipated opening for the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center is fall 2020. Salt Lake County’s Center for the Arts Division will own, operate and manage the facility. Rental information will be available in the first quarter of 2019. Follow our progress at artsaltlake.org.

Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center Overview

• Total project cost – $45 million
• 70,000 square feet facility, including rehearsal and performance spaces• Anticipated Grand Opening in fall 2020

Salt Lake County Center for the Arts

Since 1977, the Salt Lake County Center for the Arts mission has supported arts organizations around the county with our spaces, places and services. The Center for the Arts is the owner and operator of Maurice Abravanel Hall, Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center and the

Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center (opening in 2020), and operator of the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater. We also own and operate ArtTix, the official ticketing agency for all events at these four venues, and we manage Salt Lake County’s public art program. Through our Residency Program, Center for the Arts provides direct support to Ballet West; Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation; Plan-B Theatre Company; Pygmalion Productions; Repertory Dance Theatre; Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company; SB Dance; Utah Museum of Contemporary Arts; and Utah Symphony Utah Opera. More information atartsaltlake.org.

City of Taylorsville

The City of Taylorsville was incorporated on July 1, 1996 through the grassroots efforts of citizens who developed a vision that would provide greater local control of community planning, economic development, and municipal service delivery.www.taylorsvilleut.gov

Method Studio

Method Studio is a 65-person multidisciplinary architectural, planning and interior design firm with offices in in Salt Lake City, St. George, and Rexburg, ID. Method has built its reputation on great client service with a 97% repeat client base, and the idea that good design matters. The firm focuses on creating a company dynamic of teamwork, great design, and a commitment to the communities where its projects are designed and built. Method-Studio.com

The Shalleck Collaborative

The Shalleck Collaborative offers comprehensive consulting services in the planning and design of facilities for the performing arts, assembly spaces of all types, and large format teaching places. They also plan, design and integrate all forms of theatre production and AV systems. www.shalleck.com

Founded in 1922 by Soren N. Jacobsen in Salt Lake City, Jacobsen is a 100% employee-owned, Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP) company. With more than 500 employees, Jacobsen is consistently ranked as one of the top contractors in the country, as well as one of the nation’s Top 100 Green Contractors. For more information visit: http://www.jacobsenconstruction.com, and follow on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Stuart
Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.