The Center for the Arts Plaza is a 30,000 SF public plaza in the heart of downtown Gresham, Oregon.
The Gresham Center for the Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development, construction and operation of a regional performing arts and convention center in Gresham, Oregon. Ariston President Josh Fuhrer served as the Vice President of the Board of Directors.
In addition to his role on the Foundation Board, he also served as the development and construction liaison between the City of Gresham, the general contractor, and the GCFTA Foundation.
The CFA Plaza project is a public/private partnership between the City and Foundation, and Josh took a lead role in negotiating the partnership between the parties and overseeing the project’s weekly construction progress on behalf of the Foundation.
The Plaza serves as the primary downtown public gathering space in the city and is the first phase of what will eventually become a two-acre regional performing arts & convention center. The project will be home to two live theatre spaces, several restaurants, rehearsal and office space, and a convention hall. The Plaza opened in June 2009, and hosts community events including the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, Party on the Plaza, Harvest Faire, Spirit of Christmas, the Columbia Symphony Orchestra’s Symphonic Safari, the Music Mondays concert series, and special events.