Saban Center

Updated Nov 03 2020

Summary

Saban Center will bring together the Children's Hands-On Museum (CHOM), the Tuscaloosa Public Library, the Tuscaloosa Children's Theatre, and a community black-box theater in a unique public-private partnership. The project was catalyzed by generous donations from Nick and Terry Saban and their non-profit organization, Nick's Kids Foundation.  Featuring STEM programs, the arts, and interactive learning, Saban Center will be housed in the existing Tuscaloosa News building. Currently, the organizations receive more than 600,000 annual visitors.


Work will begin with the completion of a master plan for the facility. Each participating organization will determine requirements and needs for their new space. Research will be conducted to establish best practices from the top educational centers, libraries, and theatres in the nation. Then, decisions will be made about the features and amenities that could be constructed or installed at Saban Center. Later phases of work will generate architectural designs based on the master plan, a capital fundraising campaign, and construction before the building opens to the public.

Goals and Impact
  • Create a first-of-its kind experiential learning center to improve quality of life for residents

  • Unite beloved local STEM and arts programs to provide new, unique educational opportunities for children and families

  • Provide a state-of-the-art destination that will attract tourism

Timeline

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Key Milestones & Events
Completed:
  • The property was purchased in October 2019

Costs

Cost Summary

Spent:

$8,483,875

Approved:

$8,642,182

Budget:

Pending Planning/Design

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Financial Information
Cost Details
Overall Funding

Funding Summary

Elevate Tuscaloosa Fund:

$10,088,323

Other City Funds:

$0

External Funding:

$1,250,000

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Funding Details

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