Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Brighton Armory officially recognized as best building reuse

Downtown Colorado, Inc (DCI) has selected the Armory at Brighton Cultural Center to receive the 2010 Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence in the “Best Building Adaptive Reuse” category. DCI judges stated that the Armory was a “Beautifully executed project that has been a real catalyst for downtown revitalization efforts. Great partnership with the library and other groups.”

The “Best Building Adaptive Reuse” category recognizes a historic building in a business district which has changed its use, but its form is retained and easily identifiable as its original use.

The Armory was renovated in 2008 through a public-private partnership that involved the city of Brighton, the Brighton Urban Renewal Authority (BURA), Brighton Redevelopment Company, LLC, Bleeker Vigesaa General Contractors, This Place in Time, the heART of Brighton, and a grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. The renovation of the 1922 building was done to maintain the building’s historical integrity while creating a versatile space for the performing arts, visual arts, meetings, and other events and activities. Since it’s opening in October 2009, over 11,400 people have enjoyed performances, exhibits and events.

The award will be presented on Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence Gala in Glenwood Springs, Colo. Accepting the award for the city of Brighton will be Mayor Dick McLean, Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Scott, Brighton Urban Renewal Authority (BURA) Chair Alan Lemons, BURA Assistant Executive Director Jac Cuney, Brighton Downtown Initiative Manager Gary Montoya, and Armory Operations Manager Helen Rodriquez.

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