An artist rendering of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs' new visual and performing arts center, the Ent Center for the Arts, which is expected to open January 2018.

(Photo: Courtesy of UCCS)

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) signed a 15-year agreement worth $12.6 million with Ent Federal Credit Union Tuesday afternoon, naming the college’s soon-to-be-built visual and performing arts venue Ent Center for the Arts.

“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,” UCCS chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said in a press release.

The Ent Center for the Arts will include a 750-seat main theater, a 250-seat recital hall, the university’s 250-seat Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theatre and a home for the UCCS’ resident professional theater company, Theatreworks. The facility will also be used by the school’s theater and dance program and the Gallery of Contemporary Art Education.

Groundbreaking for the complex, which is estimated to cost approximately $60 million, is scheduled to begin in August with a slated opening of January 2018. H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, New York, is leading the project with the help of Denver firm Semple Brown Designs.