Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Rapid City, SD

The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center opened in Rapid City in 1977, which consisted of the Barnett Arena, conference space, and a fine arts theater. Through the years, the civic center has expanded the convention hall, added a food court and ice area, and renovated the fine arts theater and the conference hall. However, due to the age of the Barnett Arena, it no longer met the requirements of today’s entertainment industry — low ceiling heights, safety concerns, reconfiguration limitations, limited seating, among other issues, caused sales to decline and operational and maintenance costs to rise. The City of Rapid City brought on JLG Architects as the local architect along with Perkins+Will to redesign the Barnett Arena and boost the economic force in the community. The addition to the arena will create a space able to remain competitive for decades to come. The reimagined space provides a venue flexible enough to host any event, improves circulation and amenities, and increases travel and tourism to Rapid City — benefiting the community as a whole.


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