Showare Center
Showare Center / KentWA
How can 3D Virtual Design speed up the construction of an entertainment venue?

The ShoWare Center is a sports and events center used for amateur/minor league hockey, basketball, arena football, concerts, area graduations, and other community events. The facility seats approximately 6,000 for hockey and arena events and approximately 7,800 for concerts and shows. It also hosts 20 premium suites and club seating. Other amenities include 850 stalls of on-site parking, concessions and vending facilities, retail spaces, locker rooms, administrative offices, and building administration spaces. It serves as the headquarters for the Seattle Thunderbirds.

Mortenson finished the project under budget and ahead of the fast-tracked schedule. The extensive use of 3D and 4D Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) in the field contributed to the team’s ability to meet the demanding 16-month schedule.

In addition, the ShoWare Center is the first events center in the United States to achieve LEED certification. The center originally pursued a Silver level; however, through innovative design and construction, the team exceeded the Owner’s expectations and recently received LEED Gold certification.

Facts And Figures

City of Kent

Completed December 2008


175,000 square feet

Delivery Methods

Construction Manager
General Contractor
I want to express my appreciation with Mortenson overall. They are by far the most professional, organized and responsive contractor that I or my office has had the privilege to work with. I have received very positive feedback from my deputies who have been on-site from the coordination of the subs to the enforcement of strict safety programs.

The Team



Best New Green Project Award - Real Estate and Construction Review - NW Region, 2009

Civic Design Aware - American Institute of Architects (AIA) - NW Washington Chapter, 2009

Distinguished Project Award - Northwest Construction Consumers Council (NWCCC), Sustainable, Green Project of the Year, 2009

Green Washington Award - Seattle Business Magazine, 2010

Project of the Year Award - Northwest Construction News Magazine, Recreation Project Category, 2009