SBD/Issue 62/Facilities & Venues

HKS, HNTB, Gensler Finalists To Design AEG's Proposed L.A. Venue

Sports architects HKS and HNTB and L.A. Live designer Gensler are the three finalists to plan AEG’s proposed downtown L.A. stadium, according to industry sources. Interviews are scheduled for Dec. 15. AEG officials would not confirm the finalists other than to say the initial 12 proposals have been cut down. Dallas-based HKS designed Cowboys Stadium, the facility AEG is using as the model for its stadium, whose primary tenant would be an NFL team. The new facility, called the L.A. Event Center, would also compete for the Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four and major college football games. Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, another HKS design, played host to the '10 Final Four and will be the site of the '12 Super Bowl. HNTB designed Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver and is working for the 49ers to develop a new NFL stadium in Santa Clara. The K.C.-based company also designed USC’s Galen Center, a college basketball arena in L.A. Gensler designed Club Nokia, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Residences and the J.W. Marriott Hotel. All three properties are part of L.A. Live, the entertainment district across the street from Staples Center and the site for the proposed event center. AEG helped develop L.A. Live. Gensler Dir of Sports & Entertainment Ron Turner was part of NBBJ’s team that designed Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

NOT IN THE RUNNING: Other architects that submitted proposals for AEG’s deal included Aecom Ellerbe Becket, designer of Qwest Field in Seattle and renovations to FedExField, Lambeau Field and the Louisiana Superdome, and 360 Architecture, designer of New Meadowlands Stadium, the NFL’s newest facility. Populous, a firm whose architects have done design work for 30 NFL stadiums, did not respond to AEG’s proposal, Populous officials confirmed. Populous is involved in a competing NFL stadium project in City of Industry, about 20 miles east of downtown L.A. Dan Meis, a Senior Principal who joined Populous in September, has been working the past three years to design an $800M stadium for Majestic Realty Chair & CEO Ed Roski.

THE BLUEPRINT: AEG’s plan is to develop a stadium with up to 72,000 fixed seats, 14,700 club seats and 40 field-level suites among its 218 skyboxes, according to the proposal issued by project manager Icon Venue Group. Cowboys Stadium has 48 event-level suites among 320 total skyboxes. The plan involves tearing down part of the L.A. Convention Center to make room for the event center. The total project cost of $1B includes $750M to build the stadium.

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