The selection of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is deliberate. The De Pere Cultural Board/Mulva Cultural Center Board sought the engagement of one of the largest and most influential architecture, interior design, engineering and urban planning firms in the world.
With its design of the Mulva Cultural Center, SOM is creating a space that fits the historic charm of De Pere and contemporary influence of the nearly century-old Claude Allouez Bridge, which was rebuilt and expanded a decade ago.
City of De Pere
In June 2018, the City of De Pere released a study of the east side of De Pere’s downtown. The study outlines options for advancing the area into an arts and cultural district and calls for a combination of public spaces, community art, restaurants, shops and residential experiences that engage with the riverfront and are conducive to the historic nature of De Pere. City Council members endorsed the plan, conducted by Smith Group JJR following a national search for consultants, at their July 17 City Council meeting after a three-week period of soliciting more citizen feedback.
“As a city, we have always been incredibly proud of our rich history and traditions while also endlessly striving to build a vibrant and forward-thinking future. The Mulva Cultural Center embodies that spirit. We look forward to this world-class addition, and we are grateful for this significant opportunity to enrich and grow our community,” former De Pere Mayor Mike Walsh says.
The Mulva Cultural Center seeks to help the City of De Pere realize the fullest intent of an arts and cultural district that links people, places and memorable experiences for decades to come.