SBJ/April 12 - 18, 2004/Facilities

Front-row perks, restaurant with skyline view in Jets’ plans for stadium

George Heinlein, the Kansas City-based architect with Heinlein Schrock Stearns who is designing the New York Jets’ proposed $1.4 billion home in Manhattan with local firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, provided a glimpse into what the 75,000-seat stadium would offer season-ticket holders.

“There will be one row of seats behind the home team bench that will have exclusive access to the field and a lounge, where they can see the team as it comes on and off the field,” Heinlein said. “There will also be a private restaurant at the east end looking over the field and the city skyline that will be packaged as a day-of-game ticket.”

Heinlein has spent the last 2½ years working on the project with Jets President Jay Cross. Heinlein designed AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami when Cross was employed by the NBA Heat.

They’ll take Manhattan: Heinlein Schrock Stearns is working on the Jets’ planned new pad.

The Jets’ stadium is the first sports facility design for Kohn Pedersen Fox, but the company is involved with two other billion-dollar projects: a new terminal at Dulles International Airport near Washington, and the Shanghai World Financial Building, slated to be the world’s tallest building when it is finished in 2007.

The Jets plan to move for the 2009 season after their lease expires at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

COLLEGE SPECIALIST JOINS HNTB: Randy Bredar is an Iowa State graduate, and

the inside joke is that he didn’t let HNTB’s contract for the $88 million renovation of archrival Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium deter him from joining the company last month. He’s now vice president and head of the design firm’s national sports architecture group.

Bredar has 23 years of experience with Ellerbe Becket and CDFM2 in Kansas City and with Good Fulton and Farrell in Dallas. He replaces Mike Handelman, now HNTB’s chief sales officer.

Bredar said he fits in well with HNTB, which specializes in the collegiate market. He has worked on 57 college projects, including 13 facility designs at the University of Missouri in Columbia, most notably the school’s new $75 million Paige Sports Arena. “I enjoy the client side of that business, because it’s a different breed as opposed to the pros,” Bredar said. “They are good folks and always have ‘old State U’ in their heart. It’s really been a home for me.”

PAIGE NO PROB FOR MISSOURI: Speaking of Mizzou, Tim Hickman, the associate athletic director for operations there, has no problem with Bill Laurie’s stipulation that the 15,000-seat basketball arena be named after his 22-year-old daughter, Paige, after Laurie donated $25 million toward construction costs. Paige Sports Entertainment, the company Laurie formed in 1999 when he assumed ownership of the NHL St. Louis Blues, is also named for his only child. She did not attend Missouri.

“I think a donor that gives us $25 million should have the right to name it what he wants,” Hickman said. “There are a lot of buildings out there named for commercial enterprises that are obviously just for the money. Many of them also get less than $25 million. I think this is more personalized to a family that has been very good to us.”

Bill’s wife, Nancy, is the daughter of Wal-Mart founder Bud Walton, whose name adorns the University of Arkansas arena in Fayetteville.

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