Pullen Arts Center Improvement Plan

Last updated Jan. 14, 2019 - 7:47 am
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (Lead)
  • Office of Raleigh Arts

Current Activity

On February 7, 2017, City Council approved the schematic design for Pullen Arts Center Improvements. The project was bid in November 2018 and will be rebid in January 2019. The Pullen Arts Center is now closed for expansion and renovation preparation.


Project Phases

Phase 1: Conceptual Study
This phase will take about a year. Key steps include:

  1. Selection of a design consultant (completed). Clearscapes Architecture awarded.
  2. Situational assessment and establishment of a citizen planning committee.
  3. Conceptual study during which the consultant will assess the current building and site and recommend a design concept.
  4. Presentation of the conceptual plan to the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board and City Council for approval.
Phase 2: Design and Implementation
This phase will take about 2.5 years, including about one year for design and permitting and about 18 months for construction. It will require the hiring of design and construction contractors. Key steps include:
  1. Development of schematic design based on the conceptual plan.
  2. Public engagement and input on the schematic design.
  3. Presentation of the schematic plan to the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board and City Council for approval.
  4. Completion of construction documents and permitting.
  5. Bidding and construction.


Project schedule with dates and descriptions
Spring 2016Complete Study
Summer - Winter 2017Design
Winter 2017 - Fall 2018Permitting
November 2018 - December 2018Bidding
Spring 2019 - Spring 2020Construction


Since 1961, Pullen Arts Center has served as an arts education facility for artists of all skill levels. The parks bond referendum approved by voters in fall 2014 includes $6 million for improvements at the Pullen Arts Center and the surrounding north side of Pullen Park. The existing arts center building is located at 105 Pullen Road and houses a variety of programs including: pottery, painting, jewelry, printmaking, glass, arts-based summer camps for children with support spaces for administration, meetings, gallery, and operation. Improvements are needed to accommodate the growth and popularity of arts education programming at Pullen Arts Center over the last four decades as well as incorporate new technology and equipment. The existing facility will undergo a full renovation and expansion.

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