Washington’s, a New Music Venue in Fort Collins

Washington's, courtesy of Tim O’Hara Photography Inc.

FORT COLLINS — Washington’s, a new music venue in downtown Fort Collins, recently celebrated its grand opening on Feb 3. The Neenan Company, a fully integrated design-build firm based in Colorado, completed the redevelopment of the historic sandstone building that originally housed the warehouse portion of the Akin Building, planned by Montezuma Fuller in 1903.

The new two-story, 21,256-square-foot music venue is almost twice the size of the former 11,000-square-foot building. The facility has been renovated to include performance space accommodating a 900-person audience, mix station, two-level lobby and two full-service bars. The adaptive re-use project broke ground in January 2017 and is located at 132 Laporte Avenue in Old Town Fort Collins.

Washington’s fills a community need for a mid-size music venue within Fort Collins. Designed to give audiences a quality experience with excellent sound and sight lines, the new venue will feature contemporary music from all genres, including local, regional, national and international acts. The venue honors the building’s history by retaining the name Washington’s, by preserving some of the original architecture, and by incorporating several nostalgic artifacts that existed in the space prior to its renovation.

The Neenan Company served as the design-build partner for the redevelopment, marking its third project with Bohemian Companies. The Neenan Company previously built Bohemian Companies’ three-story administrative office and the five-building campus that houses the Music District in Fort Collins. San Francisco-based design firm, Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, provided design assistance; Barbizon Lighting Company and Second Opinion Audio provided support with the project’s lighting and sound package.

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