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SBD/December 15, 2010/Facilities
Three Finalists To Build AEG's L.A. Stadium Interview Today For Job
Published December 15, 2010
HKS FAMILIAR WITH L.A. FACILITIES: For HKS, the same company that designed premium seat upgrades and new club lounges at Dodger Stadium, the opportunity to play a key role in shaping the future of sports and entertainment in L.A. is exciting, said HKS Principal Mark Williams. "Los Angeles is a market that really needs the NFL, and if it was done right, it would be a great marriage and a globally influential project," Williams said. "It is a great site already without the NFL there. I think the NFL could accentuate that site to another level. It's a world stage." The proposed site is across the street from Staples Center and entertainment district L.A. Live. The stadium would replace the existing West Hall of the L.A. Convention Center. HNTB has impressive credentials as well, having designed Invesco Field at Mile High, the Broncos' home, as well as several major college stadium renovations, including the $226M Michigan Stadium project completed this year. In California, HNTB, considered the industry leader in the college space, is planning $400M in improvements to Cal-Berkeley's 87-year-old Memorial Stadium.
WILD CARD OF THE THREE: Gensler is the wild card. As a company, Gensler has not designed an NFL stadium, but the firm's principals include Ron Turner, its Dir of Sports & Entertainment. Turner, whose résumé includes Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, also completed a study to renovate L.A. Memorial Coliseum for an NFL team while he was at RTKL. Turner in the late '90s was part of NBBJ's team that designed Staples Center for AEG, and as such, he has a long-standing relationship with Leiweke. The same is true for the firm as a whole. Gensler designed L.A. Live's Club Nokia, owned and operated by AEG, and the district's Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Residences and JW Marriott Hotel. A meeting space connected to both hotels is the site of this afternoon's update on the project. AEG has not said when it would select an architect, but Leiweke stated publicly that he wants to have the process wrapped up in a three-month period. It includes doing separate deals with the NFL to bring a team to L.A. and an agreement with the city to tear down part of the convention center to make room for the stadium, a $1B project.