National Western Center expansion (copy)

A rendering of the expanded National Western Center in Denver. The $765 million project is slated for completion in 2024.

Denver has released its initial draft request for proposals to develop the 60-acre, southeast side of the National Western Center campus, better known as the Triangle Project.  

The city is seeking a partner to design, construct and finance a new 10,000-seat arena for rodeos, concerts and entertainment. The development project also includes the restoration of the 1909 stadium arena and construction of an exposition hall.

In 2012, Mayor Michael Hancock committed to keep the Stock Show in Denver, and the National Western Center Master Plan and relevant neighborhood plans were adopted by City Council in 2015. That same year, Ballot Measure 2C, to fund the first phases of the project was approved by Denver voters.

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The development plan outlines eight phases for the completion of the campus, two of which are already underway and encompass much of the foundational work, including land acquisition and environmental cleanup.

“We are excited to launch this unique procurement process, which will provide unprecedented transparency and opportunity for community input into a final request for proposals that is responsive to community needs,” Performance-Based Infrastructure Office spokesman Chris Pacheco said in a statement.

The RFP will go through four rounds of drafts before it is finalized next summer. A benefit of this approach, city officials say, is the ability to seek and incorporate multiple points of input from the community and City Council into the final RFP.

“The goal is that the final RFP is something that really keeps to the city’s values front and center and also ensures that we get the right proposal out of these two teams,” a PBIO spokeswoman said.

Earlier this year, a request for qualifications process resulted in two development teams that have been qualified to submit proposals. The two teams are:

  • Triangle Collective comprised of Macquarie Financial Holdings (infrastructure equity member) with Hensel Phelps Construction (lead contractor); OVG Facilities and Live Nation Worldwide (lead facilities operators); Fentress Architects and Perkins+Will (lead architects); MIG (lead urban designer and lead engineer, horizontal); Thornton Tomasetti (lead engineer, structural); and Hoehn Architects (historic rehabilitation consultant)
  • Triangle Partners comprised of Plenary Group USA Concessions and Saunders Concessions (infrastructure equity members) with Saunders Construction and J.E. Dunn Construction Company (lead contractors); AEG Facilities (lead facilities operator); Populous (lead architect); HKS (lead urban designer); Martin/Martin (lead engineer); and David Owen Tryba Architects (historic rehabilitation consultant)

The project will include community equity requirements, such as requiring 20% of any residential development be reserved for affordable housing, as well as minority- and women-owned businesses be involved in the development process. 

The city will hold meetings and input sessions starting in January to gather feedback and begin crafting the final version of the document.

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