The National Western Center (NWC) represents a visionary transformation of the National Western Complex and Denver Coliseum sites into a year-round destination and regional asset, enhancing these current Denver landmarks for the next 100 years.
With 250 acres of redeveloped land, the NWC will support Denver’s global standing as a world-class hub for agriculture and innovation.
The master planning effort will bolster a variety of opportunities through the involvement of our founding partners including City & County of Denver, Western Stock Show Association, Colorado State University (CSU), the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and History Colorado. In addition, a Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) made up of residents, business owners, and other stakeholders from the surrounding Globeville, Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods is also an integral part of the project.
NWC strives to be an international model for an educational, research and development community – to meet the needs of the 21st century.
Vision Statement: Be the global destination for agricultural heritage and innovation.
Mission Statement: To convene the world at the National Western Center to lead, inspire, create, educate, and entertain in pursuit of global food solutions.
The NWC partners and the CAC began its planning process in 2014. Through a public involvement process, a master plan was created and adopted by Denver City Council in March 2015. The master plan is a guide to the vision of this future site.
The National Western Center is proud of its founding partners’ commitment to advancing the mission of the NWC. These organizations engaged through a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2014. The partners have helped shape the future of the site into an exciting year-round destination.
Existing & Emerging Partners
At the NWC, the partnership opportunities are endless. Here is a list of existing and emerging partners that are working to make the National Western Center a reality.
If you are interested in learning about partnership opportunities, please contact our Strategic Partnerships Manager Barbara Frommell.
Funding for the new National Western Center Campus (“Campus”) will come from a variety of sources. The total estimated cost for Phases 1 and 2 is $856 million, which is based on the National Western Center Master Plan that was released in December 2014, and subsequently adopted in March 2015. The first two phases of the program include land acquisition, site remediation and initial infrastructure planning, new stockyards and an event pavilion, a new livestock center, a new equestrian center, river activation, improvements to parts of Brighton Boulevard, as well as neighborhood connectivity. The preliminary cost estimate is not based on current detailed design or planning documents and is subject to change.
Colorado State University (CSU) has committed a minimum of $16.2 million toward the design and construction of an Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinic on the campus. Additional projects planned by CSU that will be separately funded include a Water Resource Center and an academic building. The State Legislature passed House Bill 15 – 1344 in May 2015 to provide CSU with $250 million of Certificates of Participation funding, of which CSU anticipates applying $200 million toward their projects at the National Western Center campus.
The Western Stock Show Association (WSSA) has committed $125 million to the program, including the contribution of land.
The City and County of Denver has committed up to $669 million for Phases 1 and 2. A majority of this funding (approximately $493.4 million) will come from Ballot Measure 2C, which extended Denver’s Lodger’s Tax (something typically paid for by tourists on hotel rooms and short-term car rentals). A balance of approximately $175.4 million is anticipated to be delivered to the project over ten years from land and asset sales, capital and wastewater funds, federal grants and other sources as available.
Further funding will come from a $121.5 million grant awarded to Denver from the Colorado’s Economic Development Commission in December 2015, as part of a Regional Tourism Act (RTA) submission. The RTA is a program that gives local governments the opportunity to apply for funding of large-scale tourism projects that are unique in nature and that substantially boost out-of-state tourism. RTA funds will be administered by the Denver Urban Renewal Authority. For more information on the RTA, you can read the application here.
In addition, Denver has budgeted $2-10 million from excise tax revenues annually for capital maintenance at the National Western Center as well as the Colorado Convention Center.
The design and construction schedule is now available. The program team will release the scope, schedule, and budget for Phase 1 and 2 in the fall of 2017.
There are several studies that have helped guide the master plan process for the National Western Center. The project team expects that there will be more studies in the near future that will identify opportunities at the campus.
Currently, the NWC master plan calls for a 240-acre campus. The Western Stock Show Association, the City & County of Denver and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) own most of this property. The City will need to acquire about 64 acres including private business and residential properties.
To provide uniform and equitable treatment for persons whose property is being acquired for the National Western Center project, the City & County of Denver has adopted the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970. This is also known as the Uniform Relocation Act and all federal, state and local government agencies must comply with the policies and provisions set forth in the Uniform Relocation Act if projects are receiving federal funding. The National Western Center is not currently receiving any federal funds but the City & County of Denver has decided to follow these rules in good faith.
All persons whose property is going to be acquired for this project have been notified. If you have any questions regarding this effort, please contact Katy Spritzer or 720-865-2510.
The NWC Partners defined nine Guiding Principles for the National Western Center, including the directive to Embrace an Ethic of Regeneration. This Guiding Principle is detailed in Appendix D of the Master Plan, the NWC Sustainability and Regeneraton Framework and Goals, which lists 63 goals for the regenerative development planned at the National Western Center. According to the Colorado State University's Institute for the Built Environment, Regenerative Development is the "process of cultivating the capacity and capability in people, communities, and other natural systems to renew, adapt and thrive." Goals in Appendix D range from the requirement to create net zero districts for energy, waste and water (EER3), to the directive to create programming that supports neighborhood identity, the local economy, job opportunities and economic development (CNI3). The philosophy of regeneration will be embedded in all planning, design, construction and operational components of the National Western Center redevelopment plan, ensuring that the campus is built to the highest standards of sustainable and regenerative design and operated with that Guiding Principle in mind.
Interested in learning more?
The National Western Center is committed to engaging the business community in procurement opportunities as the project develops. The project is currently led by the City & County of Denver and therefore will follow all existing City processes and procedures for procurement.
The National Western Center is one of six projects in Globeville, Elyria, Swansea, and RiNo through the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC). The NDCC is the strategic collaboration of all projects in this part of the city that include:
For general questions about the National Western Center, please contact us at:
Mayor's Office of the National Western Center
|Executive Director||Gretchen Hollrah||Gretchen.Hollrah@denvergov.org||720-913-5516|
|Executive Assistant||Tricia Ortegafirstname.lastname@example.org||720-865-2839|
|Economic Mobility Director||Will Chan||William.Chan@denvergov.org||720-865-2576|
|Portfolio Integration Manager||Eric Shafranemail@example.com||720-865-2903|
|Program Director||Stephanie Reedfirstname.lastname@example.org||720-913-8818|
|Program Manager||David Richardsemail@example.com||720-472-2765|
|Director of Strategic Partnerships||Barbara Frommellfirstname.lastname@example.org||720-913-4024|
|Real Estate Project Coordinator||Katy Spritzeremail@example.com||720-865-2510|
|Director of Community Engagement||Michael Sappfirstname.lastname@example.org||720-865-9024|
|Director of Communications||Erika R. Martinezemail@example.com||720-865-2906|
|Fiscal Administrator||Nikki Holmlundfirstname.lastname@example.org||720-913-5195|
|Program COMS Director||Marcy Loughranemail@example.com||720-865-2932|
Colorado State University
|Director of Denver Operations||Jocelyn Hittlefirstname.lastname@example.org||303-391-0670|
|Director of Denver Communications||Tiana Nelsonemail@example.com||303-376-2613|
Founded by the National Western Stock Show in 2013, the inaugrual National Western Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) was comprised of 27 members, with significant representation from residents and business owners who live or work within the Globeville, Elyria, Swansea and RiNo neighborhoods. Since its inception, the CAC has met monthly actively participating in the review of the master plan during its development and creation of new zoning for the NWC.
The CAC will continue as an active community voice as the the NWC Master Plan moves into implementation.
For Meeting Agendas, Meeting Minutes and other support documentation, visit www.nwc-cac.com.
For questions about the NWCAC, please contact Liz Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NWC Executive Oversight Committee (EOC) serves as the interim governance working group to advance and guide the implementation of the National Western Center master plan as adopted by Denver City Council in March 2015. Members are appointed by the Mayor and will serve until a more formalized governance structure is implemented to oversee the design, construction, operations and maintenance of the new NWC Campus. The EOC consists of 9 members representing NWC partners and community. Meetings are monthly and are open to the public. Meetings are listed under the NDCC Calendar.
The Capital Funding Alignment Subcommittee (CFAS) is responsible for coordinating the strategic alignment and leveraging of the various “capital stack” sources in the delivery of the NWC Plan. Members of the CFAS include subject matter experts from partner entities as formally designated representatives and a community representative from the CAC. CFAS meets bimonthly and meetings are open to the public. Meetings are listed under the NDCC Calendar.
The Event Programming Advisory Subcommittee (EPAS) is charged with exploring the development of new partnerships and programming in the creation of a year round destination at the NWC campus, along with alignment opportunities between the Colorado Convention Center and the NWC. EPAS consists of a variety of community and business representatives with experience in diverse programming elements. At this time, EPAS is temporarly not an active subcommittee. We will inform you when the subcommittee is activated once again.
For years, Brighton Boulevard has provided a connection to the National Western Stock Show Complex and has been an important corridor for the Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods. In 2015, 30% design was drafted for Brighton Blvd. north of I-70. This project will advance previous efforts and provide 100 % design for Brighton Boulevard from 44th Avenue to Race Court.
Project benefits will include providing improvements on public property (including travel and turn lanes), new curb, gutter and pavement, protected bike lanes, pedestrian amenities, improved utilities, and drainage and water quality improvements.
Addressing mobility, accessibility, safety, and congestion at the National Western Center are important to the surrounding neighborhoods, campus visitors and participants as we make progress with the National Western Center master plan. The existing National Western Complex and Coliseum and the future campus will need to be able to move cars, trucks, trailers, and buses in and out of the campus and take into consideration visitors who are walking or riding their bike to the campus.
The Mayor’s Office of the National Western Center is currently addressing these concerns through a Parking and Transportation Demand Management Study that will create strategies and recommendations for parking and multi-modal opportunities before, during, and after construction as well as strategies that will increase efficient use of available transportation resources within north Denver.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Erika R. Martinez, Director of Communications