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Frisco Performing Arts Center

Planning Project 2023 - 2025

Project history


The City of Frisco has been studying the possibility of a new performing arts center for over 6 years and has completed several studies and assessments to support the future planning of the project. Envisioned as a hub for cultural enrichment, arts & culture, entertainment, and community engagement, the planning for the future of this critical Frisco asset is well underway.

 

During the summer of 2023, Theatre Projects in collaboration with Keen Independent Research concluded a feasibility study that explored the current and future arts and entertainment market in Frisco and the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area and outlined suggested business planning and concept development for the potential arts and entertainment center. You can find the 2023 Frisco Arts Center Business Plan report here:


In Fall 2023, the City of Frisco City Council approved an 18-month project planning process, led by Theatre Projects in collaboration with Keen Independent Research to further develop the concept. The project team includes:

 

Project management: Theatre Projects

Theatre planning & concept design: Theatre Projects

Research & development: Keen Independent Research, Theatre Projects

Site analysis: Turner & Townsend Heery LLC, Theatre Projects

Costing: Cost+Plus

Funding: CCS Fundraising, Keen Independent Research


This effort will include several opportunities for community engagement in which the project team will involve the Frisco community in conversations about elements of the prospective new arts center, including site, size, operations, and access.

 

Theatre Projects and members of the project consultant teams will present findings to the City Council in at least two upcoming sessions in Spring and Summer of 2024.



Upcoming meetings

 

  • Community Engagement Sessions: May 15 & 16, 2024
  • Milestone 1B City Council Presentation: Week of June 24, 2024
  • Community Engagement Sessions: Spring 2025 (schedule TBA)
  • Milestone 2 City Council Presentation: Spring 2025

 


Project plan


Next steps include the further exploration of the development, cost, and design of this potential new facility. The goal of this phase of the analysis is to provide the City of Frisco with a clear understanding of the size, cost, scale, and impact of a potential performing arts and entertainment center in the city.

 

Divided across three phases of work, the project team has begun the first phase (1A) of the project, which includes tours of facilities across the country, development and analysis of a club model, concept design, site analysis, and project costing.

 

Phase 1A key milestones (8 months)


Apr

2024

May

2024

June

2024

July

2024

Aug

2024

EXPLORATION






Venue & club touring






Club model development






Concept design & renderings (venues)






Site analysis






Costing study






Facilitate Broadway partnership MOUs






Business Plan refinement







Phase 1B key milestones (4.5 months)


Apr

2024

May

2024

Jun

2024

Jun

2024

Aug

2024

FUNDING & ENGAGEMENT






Economic impact study






Capital stack & funding study












ENGAGEMENT






Community engagement & town halls






City Council decision making milestone (summer sessions)






 

Phase 2 key milestones (9 months)


Jul

2024

Aug

2024

Sep

2024

Oct

2024

Nov

2024

Dec

2024

Jan

2025

Feb

2025

Mar

2025

DESIGN










Design competition










Community engagment










City Council winter work session










Costing study #2




















MANAGE-

MENT










Commercial entertain-ment, facility manager MOUs




















FINAL PLAN PRESEN-TATION












Project hotline


We’d love to hear from you! For questions or comments about the project, please contact the project team at [email protected] or call 945-205-0766.

 

This website will also be updated based on availability of information, and you can also join our email list by entering your contact information here:

About the project team


This project is led by Theatre Projects in collaboration with Keen Independent Research and with the guidance of the Frisco City Council and the Frisco City Manager's Office.

 

Theatre Projects is a globally recognized planning and design firm focusing on the full life cycle of arts, culture, and entertainment projects including feasibility, concept, design, programming, and operations. We integrate our work to support and create gathering spaces that are feasible, sustainable, and fit for purpose—today and into the future.

 

Keen Independent Research is a national research firm with expertise in arts and culture. Keen Independent provides economic, financial, and market research and focuses on finding the human stories behind the numbers.

 

Cost+Plus is a professional firm dedicated to providing Project and cost management services for new and renovation cultural facility projects worldwide.

 

Turner & Townsend Heery LLC is a full-service project and program management firm with offices in Dallas, TX. It specializes in project and program management for public sector organizations, with industry-leading experts in K-12 education, higher education, cultural, healthcare, justice, sports, aviation, and government facilities.


CCS Fundraising is a leading expert in campaign and development strategy. CCS plans and implements fundraising initiatives to help mission-driven organizations meet their most pressing challenges and achieve their ambitious goals.