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Crown Event Center

Architect rendering of the Crown Event Center



Latest Project News

Crown Event Center Moves into Construction Document Phase (June 18, 2024)

Crown Event Center Committee Receives 100% Design Update (May 20, 2024)

View the May 20, 2024 Crown Event Center Project Update Presentation HERE




The Crown Complex, located at 1960 Coliseum Drive, Fayetteville is comprised of five venues, including a 2,440-seat Theatre and 4,500-seat Arena that opened in 1967; and a 10,880-seat Coliseum, 60,000-square-foot Expo Center and 9,200-square-foot Ballroom that opened in 1997.

The original Crown Theatre and Arena must close by November 2025, and the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners has approved the construction of a new state-of-the-art multipurpose event center (the Crown Event Center) to replace these facilities. The Crown Event Center will be located in Downtown Fayetteville at the intersection of Gillespie Street and Ottis F. Jones Parkway on the block between the County’s Historic Courthouse and the Judge E. Maurice Braswell Cumberland County Courthouse.

In 2022, the Board of Commissioners hired MBP Carolinas as the owner’s representative for the project and established a three-member Crown Event Center Committee includes Commissioner Jimmy Keefe, who chairs the committee, Board of Commissioners Chairman Glenn Adams and Commissioner Jeannette Council. Cumberland County Civic Center Commission Chairman McBryde Grannis serves on the Committee in an ex-officio capacity. A Project Delivery Team (PDT) was also established, which is comprised of key County staff and representation from MBP Carolinas, current Crown Complex Manager Oak View Group (OVG), project architect EwingCole and Construction Manager-at-Risk (CMaR) TA Loving/Metcon.

The Crown Event Center Committee held a kick-off meeting for the new Crown Event Center project on April 20, 2022. On Sept. 6, 2022, the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners approved guiding principles for the project following an engagement process that included members of a Community Engagement Committee comprised of representation from current users of the Crown Complex, community members, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations, the business community, and municipal and civic leaders.

The guiding principles are a set of value statements intended to establish a common direction for the project and inform decision-making throughout the project.


graphic outlining guiding principles for crown event center

 

The County hired EwingCole as the project architect in November 2022. Once on board, EwingCole engaged the Community Engagement Committee and other stakeholders to provide feedback on what they believe needs to be included in the new Crown Event Center to make it successful. This information was incorporated into the Conceptual Design process, which resulted in the Board of Commissioners approving a building program of 131,500 square feet and an updated project budget of $131,703,300 on May 15, 2023. The Board approved a Schematic Design on Aug. 15, 2023.

TA Loving/Metcon was brought on as CmaR in September 2023, and the PDT began working with the CMaR to reconcile project cost and schedule. On Jan. 23, 2024, the Crown Event Center Committee approved an updated design for the facility with a building program totaling 134,000 square feet and a total project budget of $145 million.

The PDT completed the 100% Design Development package on Apr. 29, 2024, and presented updated renderings of the new Crown Event Center’s exterior and interior spaces to the Crown Event Center Committee on May 20, 2024. On June 17, 2024, the Crown Event Center Committee authorized the project to move into the Construction Document development phase following a presentation from the PDT indicating the project is within the Board’s approved budget after the completion of Design Development.

The project team currently estimates breaking ground on the new Crown Event Center in September 2024 with construction completed in early 2027.

 

 

Architect rendering of people standing in an event center lobby

 

Additional information related to the project and the Crown Event Center Committee will be posted on this page throughout the duration of the project.



County to Host Contractor Information Session for Crown Event Center Project

Nov 23, 2022, 17:15 PM by Jon Soles
Cumberland County will hold a Contractor Information Session for contractors and subcontractors interested in participating in the construction of the Crown Event Center on Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. in the first-floor conference room of the Department of Social Services, 1225 Ramsey St.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Cumberland County will hold a Contractor Information Session for contractors and subcontractors interested in participating in the construction of the Crown Event Center, a new multipurpose event center that will replace the existing Crown Theatre and Arena.

The County will host an in-person information session for local, regional and national construction industry companies to learn about the Crown Event Center project and make connections to form teams to respond to future construction services solicitations. The session will be held Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, at 10 a.m. in the first-floor meeting room of the Cumberland County Department of Social Services, located at 1225 Ramsey St., Fayetteville.

The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners approved the use of the Construction Manager-at-Risk (CMaR) project delivery method during their regular meeting on Nov. 21.

According to the project timeline, the County plans to release a CMaR Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in early 2023 with the selection of a CMaR by the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners in March.

For more information, contact Jermaine Walker, Cumberland County Director of Engineering and Infrastructure at 910-321-6602 or jwalker@cumberlandcountync.gov.

The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners Crown Event Center Committee is comprised of Commissioners Jeannette Council (who serves as chair), Jimmy Keefe, and Board Chairman Glenn Adams. For more information on the Crown Event Center project, go to https://www.cumberlandcountync.gov/departments/commissioners-group/commissioners/crown-event-center-committee.

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    Contact Us

    Phone: 910-678-7724
    Email:
    email_envelope
    Contact: Brian Haney, Assistant County Manager
    Address:

    117 Dick Street
    Fayetteville, NC, NC 28301