Ent to receive naming rights for UCCS arts venue

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Ent Federal Credit Union will sign a 15-year marketing and operating agreement with the University of Colorado Colorado Springs today that will include naming rights for the school’s soon-to-be constructed visual and performing arts center, according to a UCCS news release.

The agreement, which UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak and Ent CEO Randy Bernstein will sign on campus at 3 p.m., will name the venue the Ent Center for the Arts, according to the release.

As part of the agreement, Ent will also receive the rights to construct a bank branch at the northeast corner of Austin Bluffs Parkway and north Nevada Avenue.

The 15-year agreement also will extend the offer for students, faculty and staff to have an Ent account and debit card as part of their UCCS photo ID. That offer began in 2006, and its extension agreement is valued at $12.6 million, according to the release.

“We are pleased to extend our partnership with Ent Federal Credit Union,” Shockley-Zalabak said in the release. “Together, as community leaders, we will take arts in our community to new levels and continue the revitalization of north Nevada Avenue and our regional economy.”

“We recognize the key role UCCS plays in our community – both as an educator of tomorrow’s leaders and as a growth engine for our local economy,” Bernstein said. “This extension of the Ent/UCCS partnership allows Ent to continue providing high-quality financial services to UCCS students, faculty and staff, support the continued growth of the university and provide added service center convenience to our membership.”

Groundbreaking for the $60-million building is scheduled for August; it is expected to open in January 2018. It will be built on the west side of the campus, east of the University Village Colorado shopping center on north Nevada.

Lead designer of the center is H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture of New York, with Semple Brown Design in Denver serving as architect of record.

“The venue will be designed to encourage and support working relationships with community cultural organizations and to provide direct public access to performances, exhibits, and classes,” the release said.

When complete, the venue will house a 750-seat main theater, a 250-seat recital hall and the 250-seat Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theatre. It will also be home to the school’s visual and performing arts programs, including Theatreworks, the Osborne Theater and the Gallery of Contemporary Art Education.