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Design For DePaul's New Basketball Arena Aims To Please Neighbors

A DePaul Univ. advisory board today will recommend Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects' concept for a new basketball arena to Chicago's Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority. The designs call for a "low-to-the-ground, glass-sheathed hall with an undulating roof sliced with skylights" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/23). Plans for the venue near McCormick Place are intended to "ease neighbor's fears of an unsightly, concrete hulk." The $173M, 10,000-seat arena is projected to open in '16 (, 9/22).
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