The PGA Tour has revealed plans for a new 187,000 square-foot HQ to be built on existing Tour property in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.. The new home, expected to be completed in '20, for the first time will consolidate the Tour’s 750 employees under one roof. Tour employees now work in 17 buildings throughout the area. London-based architectural firm Foster + Partners is designing the facility. The cost has not been disclosed. The HQ design will feature a pair of parallel three-story bays flanking an atrium. The exterior will have glazed façades to fill the building with natural light and also allow for views out to the surrounding landscape throughout the structure. The building is targeting a LEED Gold rating with five large skylights that bring natural light into the building (John Lombardo, Staff Writer). ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST's Nick Mafi writes the HQ will "feature a clean, minimalist aesthetic, which makes the reflection off the surrounding natural lake all the more powerful." Narrow pillars "support an overlay, which will allow employees to enjoy the outdoors even during inclement weather." The building's interior will incorporate an "open layout, which promotes a non-hierarchical identity, as well as ample space for informal group collaborations" (ARCHITECTURALDIGEST.com, 1/19).
Temple said that it will "file a project submission to the City Planning Commission of Philadelphia as it seeks approvals" for a proposal to build an on-campus football stadium, according to Marc Narducci of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. A Temple official said that the measure "must go through the City Planning Commission, the zoning board and then Philadelphia City Council." Temple President Richard Englert "estimated the entire process could take five months." This has been a "deliberate process for Temple," one that began in February '16. Beside the 35,000-seat stadium, the proposed site has "space for retail locations." The estimated cost of the stadium is $130M, and Englert said that he is "pleased by the response of potential donors." Temple's lease at Lincoln Financial Field expired after the '17 season, but the university "exercised two one-year options, enabling the team to play there" through the '19 season. Englert said that he is "confident that Temple could have its stadium built" by the '20 season (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 1/19).
TALKIN' 'BOUT PRACTICE: The Univ. of Memphis announced that the first phase of its indoor football practice facility is "expected to be completed" in spring '19. But the start date for construction on the actual facility is "still to be determined." The first phase of the project "includes new offices for the football program's coaches and staff in addition to new training rooms, recruiting rooms and meeting spaces, among other enhancements." The school said that it "aims to submit a proposal for the second phase ... in the coming weeks" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 1/19).