Construction Updates

  • Sept. 15, 2016
    Mayor Michael B. Hancock welcomes people to the newly renovated building. Highlighted updates include:
    - A redesigned entrance facing Colfax Avenue that provides for ADA-compliant and easier event access
    - New bathrooms, increased first floor event space and a new freight elevator
    - A replica of the original grand entryway doors
    - The addition of contemporary glass walls
    - Restoration of artistic ironwork on the stairways discovered during reconstruction

    Aug. 3, 2016
    Work is nearly complete on the Belvedere doors, replicas of the original 1910 entryway.

    July 22, 2016
    A state-of-the-art pigeon deterent system. Introducing Mario, the hawk!

    July 22, 2016
    A new maple dance floor is installed on the second floor. Acoustic Isolation allows for dance-themed events such as weddings, proms or performances to go on with limited noise bleed into the other event spaces on the first and third floors. 

    June 28, 2016
    To better connect the McNichols Building to the surrounding Civic Center Park, allow for better access to the entrance, provide additional event space and to open up the look and feel of the front of the building, an elegant, curved courtyard was envisioned. Work begins on the new, more open space and stairway access. 

    May 4, 2016
    In addition to being a space for art, culture and events, the McNichols Building will also have office space housing Denver Arts & Venues Cultural Programs, Public Art and McNichols event teams. Framing begins on these first floor offices. 

    April 22, 2016
    New construction incorporates old and new design elements for a unique look and feel. This ironwork is original to the building when it opened in the early 1900s.

    March 1, 2016
    Originally a Carnegie Library, the 1910 entrance boasted a grand staircase onto the second floor. Work begins on a second floor Belvedere with replica doors of the original entrance.

    February 9, 2016
    The space around the McNichols Civic Center Building continues to remain active as thousands of Denver Broncos fans gather in Civic Center Park to celebrate their Superbowl win.

    Work continues on the McNichols Building entryway, basement and elevators.

    January 19, 2016
    Basement excavation continues.

    December 29, 2015
    Today demolition the the foundation wall begins, making room for the new service elevator.

    November 4, 2015
    On Friday, October 30, Denver Arts & Venues installed a fence wrap to beautify the construction site while the McNichols Building undergoes changes over the next year. Denver artist Sabin Aell was commissioned to design a mural on vinyl. Aell is an installation and mixed media artist who was awarded the Mastermind award by Westword in 2012 for her contributions to the cultural landscape of Denver. Installation video created by Engine 7.

    October 29, 2015
    Public Works issued the notice to proceed on the morning of October 9. Sparing no time, selective demolition almost immediately began on the McNichols Building and the area has been designated hard hat only. The contractor has installed a temporary fence surrounding the property, removed all restroom fixtures (to be salvaged by DPAC Facilities) and removed the fire sprinkler main-valve (to be relocated to accommodate the new elevator). Temporary protection of the existing historic finishes is being installed as selective demolition continues.

    October 6, 2015
    On Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 McNichols Civic Center Building closed its doors as construction began on operational upgrades and a new front courtyard offering better connectivity to Civic Center Park and universal access to the building. Arts & Venues staff relocated to Boettcher Concert Hall at the Denver Performing Arts Complex on Friday, Aug. 28. The building will reopen fall of 2016. Parties interested in booking events at the McNichols Building in 2016 and beyond may contact Antonnio Benton at 720-865-5555 or
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