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Kent Events Center

A Special Feature of DJC.COM
Dec. 18, 2008
Feature Stories

"Arena goes green with help of a $3M carrot"
Quest for LEED silver, with states encouragement, puts ShoWare Center in rarefied company
City of Kent

"Tight budget and schedule drive the structural design"
To bring hockey to Kent by January, engineers had to quickly overcome
poor soils and a roof-raising problem

Magnusson Klemencic Associates

"Kent has an arena to call its own"
Architects strived for a high-impact building that reflects the city
LMN Architects

ShoWare Center facts

Location:West James Street and Fifth Avenue North, Kent

Cost: $84.5 million

Size: 153,000 square feet

Photo courtesy of the city of Kent
ShoWare Center will hold a grand opening from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 2.

Project team

Owner: City of Kent

Owners representative: Shiels Obletz Johnsen, Seattle

Architects: LMN Architects, Seattle,
in association with PBK Architects, Vancouver, British Columbia

General contractor: Mortenson, Bellevue

Structural engineer: Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Seattle

Mechanical engineer: Wood Harbinger, Bellevue

Electrical/acoustical engineer: Sparling, Seattle

Geotechnical engineer: Shannon & Wilson, Seattle

Landscape architect: Site Workshop, Seattle

Electrical/mechanical consultant: Genivar, Vancouver, British Columbia

Lighting consultant: Candela, Seattle

Code consultant: Flack+Kurtz, Seattle

Cost consultant: Davis Langdon, Seattle

Sustainability consultant: Paladino & Co., Seattle


Anchor tenant: Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League

Use: Center officials expect to host 110 to 117 events a year, including 40 hockey games

Seating: 6,100 for hockey games, up to 7,800 for concerts; other configurations include basketball, arena football and soccer, rodeo, motocross, trade shows and meetings

Economic impact: City officials project the center will create 138 permanent jobs, generate $43 million in state sales tax over the next 30 years and $600 million in local economic activity

Naming rights: ShoWare, a ticketing service owned by Fresno, Calif.-based VisionOne, agreed to a deal with the city of Kent worth $3.2 million over 10 years

Photo courtesy of LMN Architects


Shannon and Wilson (www.shannonwilson.com)

Wood Harbinger (www.woodharbinger.com)

Bethlehem Construction (www.bethlehemc.com)

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