On Nov. 7, a single ceremonial tree stood majestically atop the beautiful Huizenga Pavilion at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, a Riverwalk A&E partner. Why a tree on top of the two-story building, slated to open in early 2014? Reflecting European tradition, the Nov. 7 “topping out” ceremony, which local dignitaries and community leaders attended, marked the building’s highest structural element being set in place. Plus, in this case, it celebrated yet another phase of the Broward Center’s $56 million ENCORE! capital project nearing completion.
The magnificent Huizenga Pavilion will feature soaring floor-to-ceiling windows. Its New River Bistro on the first floor will offer casual fare; the Porter Riverview Ballroom, located on the second floor, will boast 3,500 square feet of elegant event space, perfect for receptions, corporate events, conferences, pre- and post-show activities, and other special occasions. The building is conveniently located adjacent to the theaters facing the AutoNation Box Office, and is easily accessible through the redesigned Peck Courtyard or across Von Allmen Plaza, an updated arrival court.
Broward Center guests have already been enjoying several other completed enhancements of the multi-phased expansion project, which began in late 2012. These include The Club Level, an all-inclusive experience that combines world-class entertainment with exclusive lounge access, and a dedicated seating area on the mezzanine level of the Au-Rene Theater. Also in place are restored lobby areas, plus upgraded performance spaces and audience chambers, featuring advanced sound and lighting systems, energy-efficient lighting systems, new stage lift systems and state-of-the-art production equipment.
Debuting on Nov. 26 is the Silver Airways Intermezzo Lounge. Situated on the upper-orchestra level of the Au-Rene Theater, the lounge will offer an exclusive atmosphere where guests can enjoy drinks, appetizers and desserts one hour before the performance and during intermission. The lounge’s comfortable indoor bar area features ample seating, a wall of sliding glass doors that open to the Peck Courtyard and a spacious veranda.
Scheduled to open in spring 2014, the Rose Miniaci Arts Education Center, with performance and classroom space, will enable the Broward Center to further develop its education programs to serve thousands of additional students.
On Nov. 7, a single tree represented the major progress of the Broward Center, which is building on its success as an economic engine and a catalyst for arts and entertainment. This blossoming will continue to serve as a center for culture, entertainment and arts-in-education in South Florida for generations to come.