Denver-based Sink Combs Dethlefs is back to design another Sioux Falls venue. CEO Don Dethlefs says his company has worked on more than 60 indoor and outdoor facilities across the country.
"A lot of this will be site work but right where we're standing today is really where they're planning a major plaza and a stage with a stage cover. Buildings for restrooms, for the back of house, for locker rooms, for green rooms, all the things it takes for a great amphitheater site," Dethlefs said.
The firm beat out seven other local and national proposals to get the job. Design work will take place over the next 18 months. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018 near North Phillips Avenue and West 4th Street.
"It's a really big day for Sioux Falls. It's a big day for the Levitt that we're bringing to Sioux Falls and it's a big day for Falls Park West and downtown," Don Kearney said.
The City of Sioux Falls is set to contribute $2.5 million to the project while the group Friends of Levitt Shell Sioux Falls and National Levitt organization will cover the rest.
"It's now 2016. Tomorrow it will be 2019. And in 2019, we will start having 50 free concerts," Tom Dempster said.
The design company is pledging to keep the process transparent and to provide the public with options. It's also looking into ways to make the venue relevant in the winter.
"We're hoping is going to energize this space or continue to energize it throughout the year. Both summer and winter, fall and spring and that it really becomes another asset for Sioux Falls," Dethlefs said.
And that asset is now one step closer to reality.
Construction is expected to begin in 2018 with the first show to take place in the summer of 2019.
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The same team that designed the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center is being hired to design the proposed Levitt Shell for Falls Park West. Sink Combs Dethlefs was selected for the outdoor music facility in downtown Sioux Falls that comes with a $4.1 million price tag. When finished in 2019, it will feature 50 free concerts a year.