Feb. 7, 2008
UCLA has taken the latest step in the renovation process of Pauley Pavilion by selecting an architectural firm to prepare pre-schematic designs for the historic structure, a campus landmark for more than 40 years and the home court of 38 NCAA championship teams.
A campus selection committee has picked NBBJ from among 10 firms that responded to the university's request for qualifications.
"UCLA is extremely pleased to be taking the Pauley Pavilion project into the next phase of design with the hiring of NBBJ," said UCLA Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero. "We selected NBBJ because of their strong design team, and their unique creativity and experience with renovation projects.
"The next stage of the project will yield valuable information about overall design and costs so that we can showcase the project to the entire UCLA community of donors, alumni, fans, and students. We continue to make great progress in the `quiet phase' of our fund-raising campaign and this step shows the overall commitment for this project."
"NBBJ is thrilled to have been selected as the architect for the redesign of UCLA's Pauley Pavilion," said Scott Hunter, a Senior Associate in NBBJ's Los Angeles office. "It is a significant project and we look forward to drawing upon our legacy in sports architecture and our past work with UCLA in bringing this project to fruition. It is an honor to be a part of such a notable project and we look forward to helping create the vision for a new future for Pauley Pavilion."
The pre-schematic design phase is expected to be an intense three-month process that will address several issues. NBBJ will document and design necessary revisions to the utility systems of Pauley Pavilion that will mesh with a building design concept that addresses: team programmatic requirements, patron circulation and safety issues, improved fan amenities, enhancing the entry sequence to Pauley and showcasing the great history of UCLA Athletics in general and basketball in particular.
Since opening in 1965, Pauley Pavilion has served as the home court for 38 NCAA championship basketball, volleyball and gymnastics teams; hosted renowned entertainers including Frank Sinatra and Luciano Pavarotti; welcomed the world during the 1984 Olympics; hosted a 1988 presidential debate, and staged commencement ceremonies for thousands of UCLA alumni. It was made possible by the generosity of Edwin and Barbara Pauley and a group of donors who matched the Pauley family gift.