Salt Lake County Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center Groundbreaking

On Thursday, December 20, 2018, Salt Lake County and Taylorsville City broke ground on the new Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center (MVPAC).

“Salt Lake County is a thriving metropolitan area and enjoys a wealth of performing arts and cultural offerings; in fact county residents enjoy performing as much as attending live events,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams.  “This new regional cultural asset will provide the fast-growing mid-valley with purpose-built and much needed rehearsal and performance spaces.”

Salt Lake County and Taylorsville City partnered on the MVPAC.  Taylorsville provided a financial contribution and the land through a long-term ground lease and Salt Lake County is constructing the new venue and its Center for the Arts will operate and maintain MVPAC.

“We are thrilled to see the construction of the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center moving forward,” said Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson. “This beautiful addition to Taylorsville fits right in to our 20/20 Vision for the Year 2020 and beyond, as well as our continuing focus on the arts. I can’t wait to see the first performance.”

MVPAC fulfills a well-documented need for rehearsal and performance spaces in the region and includes the 400-seat Mainstage Theater, the 200-seat Studio 5400 Theater, and a multi-use rehearsal and event space, as well as technical support spaces and equipment.

“We are excited to add MVPAC to our already robust county inventory of performing arts venues, and we are so fortunate to enjoy such amazing county and community support,” said Sarah Pearce, Division Director for the Salt Lake County Center for the Arts.  “We are pleased to provide the mid-valley with the spaces, places and services that patrons and performers expect from a Center for the Arts venue.”

In addition to the performing spaces, MVPAC will offer professional theater services including full service ticketing through ArtTix, event management, technical direction and support, and dedicated front-of-house services.  Planned public art, both indoor and outdoor, will distinguish the new venue and help create a sense of place.

The project team includes representatives from Salt Lake County, Taylorsville City, architects Method Studio, theater consultants The Shalleck Collaborative, and Jacobsen Construction.

“We have been working with Salt Lake County and Taylorsville for nearly two years in planning the perfect facility,” said Joe Smith, a Principal at Method Studio.  “Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center will be a striking addition to the county’s Center for the Arts venues.”

The Shalleck Collaborative provides design and guidance in developing theater systems – seating, lighting, engineering, audiovisual – for both front and back stage applications.  Since 2003, Shalleck Collaborative has worked on more than 25 facilities related to MVPAC.

“We are thrilled to be the general contractor for this exciting new facility because of what it will mean for the performing arts and everyone in the community,” said Doug Welling, Jacobsen Construction President.  “In terms of making life better — this is definitely a signature project.”

The anticipated opening for the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center is fall 2020. Salt Lake County’s Center for the Arts Division will own, operate and manage the facility.  Rental information will be available in the first quarter of 2019.  Follow our progress at

Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center Overview

– Total project cost: $45 million
– 70,000 square feet facility, including rehearsal and performance spaces
– Anticipated Grand Opening in fall 2020

Salt Lake County Center for the Arts

Salt Lake County Center for the Arts is the owner and operator of Maurice Abravanel Hall, the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre, the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Theater, the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center and the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center (opening in 2020).  Center for the Arts also owns and operates ArtTix, the official ticketing agency for all events at these four venues.  Since 1977, our mission has been to support the arts with our spaces, places and services.  More information at

City of Taylorsville

The City of Taylorsville was incorporated on July 1, 1996 through the grassroots efforts of citizens who developed a vision that would provide greater local control of community planning, economic development, and municipal service delivery.

Method Studio

Method Studio is a 65-person multidisciplinary architectural, planning and interior design firm with offices in in Salt Lake City, St. George, and Rexburg, ID. Method has built its reputation on great client service with a 97% repeat client base, and the idea that good design matters. The firm focuses on creating a company dynamic of teamwork, great design, and a commitment to the communities where its projects are designed and built.

The Shalleck Collaborative

The Shalleck Collaborative offers comprehensive consulting services in the planning and design of facilities for the performing arts, assembly spaces of all types, and large format teaching places. They also plan, design and integrate all forms of theatre production and AV systems.

Jacobsen Construction Company, Inc.

Founded in 1922 by Soren N. Jacobsen in Salt Lake City, Jacobsen is a 100% employee-owned, Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP) company. With more than 500 employees, Jacobsen is consistently ranked as one of the top contractors in the country, as well as one of the nation’s Top 100 Green Contractors. For more information visit:, and follow on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.