CENTER FOR INNOVATION & THE ARTS @ BROOKLYN PARK
Location: Brooklyn Park, MN
Client: CITA Partners / NTH, Inc.
The Center for Innovation & The Arts @ Brooklyn Park (CITA) is imagined to be a dynamic and inclusive center focused on leveraging the resources of multiple partners to create a facility that will increase educational opportunities for students, increase economic prosperity, and advance the quality of life in Brooklyn Park and surrounding communities. CITA will expand post-secondary programs pathways in the arts and STEAM, increase baccalaureate completion, facilitate post-secondary and career pathways, and provide equitable and inclusive access to arts, technology, and cross-cultural programming to the area’s richly diverse population. This project matches one of the most diverse community colleges in the Minnesota State system with the most diverse state university to serve a community where over 50% of the residents represent people of color, new Americans and immigrant communities.
KO Projects has collaborated with HGA Architecture and NTH Inc. (project management) to develop a holistic business framework, partnership approach, concept design, and funding model for the proposed Center. Our work included extensive research into public-public (public-public-public) partnership models, detailed market analysis, activity profiling, and a 10-year operating pro forma to support the partnership’s state funding request.