Everett, Washington, an all-America city, was in need of a signature facility in the city center that would provide a gathering place for its citizens and a world-class hub for visitors and investors. The Comcast Arena (formerly the Everett Events Center) was the answer. This design-build project is now the pride of the city’s central area.
This project is the very definition of a multipurpose complex. Housed within is an 8,250-seat ice arena for the city’s hockey franchise, ice shows, and general public recreation. The ice arena can be reconfigured to a 10,000-seat arena for stage and trade shows, and 50,000 square feet of meeting and convention space is available. All support activities have also been accounted for: the facility boasts complete food service applications and a varied range of concessions appropriate to each use. Revenue-generating luxury boxes and a club lounge add to the building's long-term viability.
The striking steel and glass façade makes the kind of statement that the City of Everett sought for the community. This project greatly enhances the Everett community and provides an array of options for recreation and development that improve the quality of life in the region.
This project successfully addressed important goals, including franchise requirements, spectator expectations, environmental issues/energy conservation, and civic identity. The Public Facilities District, the city, and facility operator Global Spectrum have found the facility and its design to be completely responsive to the multifunctionality demanded in the program, and the facility received the Vision 2020 Award in 2005 from the Puget Sound Regional Council.