Next steps for National Western: Designers on tap for $5 million placemaking contract

A rendering of a reopened South Platte riverfront from the National Western Center master plan. (City of Denver)
A rendering of a reopened South Platte riverfront from the National Western Center master plan. (City of Denver)
A rendering of a reopened South Platte riverfront from the National Western Center master plan. (City of Denver)

The Denver office of the design firm Moore Iacofano Goltsman will be responsible for much of the “placemaking” work in the National Western Center project over the next two years, assuming the Denver City Council approves.

The company would be responsible for creating standards and guidelines for the new campus, along with a “public realm study” and 30 percent design documents for the infrastructure.

The National Western project may cost $1.1 billion. It could include the reopening of a mile of the South Platte River, and the construction of a big new arena, an expo hall, a livestock center, an equestrian center and a water resources center.

The council’s Land Use, Transportation & Infrastructure committee will discuss the proposal on Tuesday, May 30.

MIG also worked on Denver’s Downtown Area Plan and is working on the Denver Play Master Plan for the city parks department.

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