SAN JOSE, CA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The first phase of improvements at the San Jose Civic center has been completed and the San Jose San Jose Redevelopment Agency Board has approved a final capital budget and awarded a contract to Garden City Construction for the Phase 2 improvements.
The initial phase of restoration to the historic Downtown building, which started at the beginning of 2009, added new exterior LED lighting, new concession stands, new main level men’s and women’s restrooms, as well as refurbished mezzanine level restrooms, refurbished hardwood floors, a $1 million sound and High Definition video package, fresh interior and exterior paint, remodeled artist dressing rooms, increased access to the loading dock and wheelchair accessible seating on the second level. The San Jose Civic also displays a new Wall of Fame with full-size photos of legendary artists who have performed in the building over the past 74 years including The Who, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Santana and Steely Dan.
"Through partnership and cooperation, this building looks and feels revitalized," said Dan Fenton, CEO Team San Jose. "When all the renovations are complete, this will be not only a remarkable concert venue and meeting space, but it’s another great activity in Downtown for locals and visitors alike."
The Phase 2 improvements will include new fixed and portable seating, structural and seismic upgrades, an elevator for increased access to all levels and new concession areas and equipment. The new fixed seating was funded by the San Jose Theater Preservation Inc., a 501©3 organization led by local arts leaders. Theater Preservation Inc’s mission is to support strategic capital improvements that enhance the customer’s experience and preserve local theaters.
Under the leadership of Mayor Chuck Reed and the San Jose City Council, $11 million was invested by the San Jose Redevelopment Agency to ensure the building received the upgrades needed to make it a must-play venue for artists touring the West Coast as well as special events.
"The timing is right for this project. We need to make the significant upgrades necessary to stay competitive," said Harry Mavrogenes, Executive Director, San Jose Redevelopment Agency. "We’re getting a big bang for the investment since we’re also creating both the construction jobs and the long-term jobs that we desperately need for our community."
In 2009, Team San Jose and Nederlander Concerts formed a new partnership to reactivate this unique Downtown venue and hosted numerous concerts and special events including two nights of Steely Dan, Willie Nelson, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Latin rock powerhouse Jaguares, among others.
"We are delighted that Team San Jose, the City of San Jose and the Redevelopment Agency have been strong supporters of the revitalization of this historic entertainment venue and that Phase 1 is now complete," said Adam Friedman, CEO of Nederlander Concerts. "There is no question that when finished the San Jose Civic will regain its iconic status as the preeminent Bay Area entertainment venue hosting the very best in top headline touring talent and a top choice for corporate, convention and family events." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers