NBBJ just revealed their latest design for UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, slated to begin February 2010 and be completed just in time for the 2012-2013 basketball season. Upon UCLA’s decision to renovate the existing Pavilion due to its strong sentimental value, NBBJ’s design includes new lobby and concourse space, as well as new facilities for the athletes and additional seating for fans.
Project description and more images after the break.
NBBJ’s project incorporates a below grade expansion to allot room for the athletic locker and training rooms, while the exterior is expanded to create three distinct concourses providing increased circulation space and a room for a UCLA Athletic history showcase. NBBJ focused on altering the alignment of the seating in the main bowl in an effort to eliminate any existing sightline obstructions and bring spectators closer to the action on the court. “Our design respects the historical significance of Pauley, both as a multipurpose building and as an athletic venue…We approached the challenge of transforming Pauley Pavilion in a way that celebrates the tradition of the building and UCLA’s Athletics programs, retains its multipurpose use, addresses its genuine needs, and gives the structure a new, forward-looking identity that actively engages the campus,” said Scott Hunter, AIA Principal-in-Charge with NBBJ.
NBBJ’s design is successful at providing UCLA’s athletes with the latest training facilities, and an atmosphere that allows both fans and players to embrace the Bruins’ home court. Design Partner Jonathan Ward, AIA adds, “This project makes a significant statement about reusing and renovating older facilities; as the design aims to achieve LEED Silver certification. Through a creative and respectful understanding of the possibilities, embracing what makes Pauley an icon, we can address current and future needs for UCLA for the next 45 years.”