The Colby Event Center is located on a new site between the Colby Community College and the Colby High School. The facility consists of a sunken main gymnasium with seating for 1967; a secondary gymnasium on the entry level with seating for approximately 700; on the main floor it will also include the public area consisting of the main concourse leading to the gymnasium which includes a concession area on one side and public restrooms and a children’s play/activity area on the other side; moving to your right upon entering the main front doors the public can access the meeting space which has video presentation capabilities and consists of four meeting rooms that can be open to a single large space or multiple and varying sized smaller spaces; this area will also include the operations offices and a preparation kitchen for serving community centered meals as well as the activities of the meeting spaces.
The gymnasiums will be used for athletic events (basketball, volleyball & wrestling) for both the High School and the Community College with sufficient locker rooms to handle larger tournaments for multiple teams. With retractable bleachers the gymnasiums will be able to be converted to have multiple cross court layouts for practicing and recreational activities. They are also designed to accommodate other activities such as graduation ceremonies, concerts, and community activities such as a Home Show, Ag Show and their annual Gun and Coin Show.
The facility is situated on the site so that the public enters at the main upper level from the intersection of College and Franklin Avenues. Teams can access the building from the opposite side of the facility at the lower level of the main gymnasium floor due to the natural slope of the site.
LK is providing full architectural and engineering services in the design and construction administration of the project while working within the parameters of the concept to maximize the facility amenities to serve the needs of the community.
City of Colby, Kansas