USC selects DLR Group for Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum planning study
(Los Angeles) December 10, 2013 ― The University of Southern California (USC) has selected DLR Group to conduct a Master Facilities Renovation and Development Feasibility Planning Study for the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The study will commence immediately. The USC Trojans have been a continuous tenant of the Coliseum since its opening in 1923. USC recently signed a long-term lease to operate the Coliseum and be the home field for Trojan football. DLR Group’s Feasibility Study will develop a plan to guide capital improvements and ongoing fundraising support for the project.
"DLR Group believes the Los Angeles Coliseum is the most iconic sporting venue in the United States," said DLR Group Sports Designer Don Barnum, AIA. “Our aim is a strategic modernization of the Coliseum to elevate the game day experience for USC fans and create the most dominant home field advantage in college football for the Trojans.”
The aim of the study is to transform the Coliseum into a modern home for USC football while maintaining the program’s traditions and the historical significance of the venue. DLR Group will collaborate with USC to identify new revenue streams to finance and sustain operations to assist the university in meeting the capital improvement obligations of its Master Lease.
“It’s an honor to be selected by USC for this assignment,” said DLR Group Principal Andrea Cohen Gehring, FAIA, and USC graduate. “The Coliseum is a Los Angeles and USC treasure. DLR Group looks forward to creating an enhanced family friendly experience to ensure that the Coliseum remains an important university and community asset for the next 100 years.”
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has been the home for the USC Trojan football program since 1923. It has hosted two Olympic Games, Super Bowl I and VI, a World Series, a multitude of professional and amateur sporting events, and will host the 2015 Special Olympics.
Built in 1923, the Coliseum was upgraded in 1932 and 1984 prior to hosting the Olympic Games, and it was designated a National Historic Registered Landmark in 1984. A series of improvements were made from 1993-1995, including structural repairs following the 1994 Northridge Earthquake.
About DLR Group
DLR Group is an interdisciplinary design firm providing architecture, engineering, planning, and interior design from offices coast-to-coast and in China. Our promise is to elevate the human experience through design. This promise inspires sustainable design for a diverse group of public and private sector clients; local communities; and our planet. DLR Group fully supports the initiatives and goals of the 2030 Challenge and is an initial signatory to the AIA 2030 Commitment. Visit dlrgroup.com and follow us at Twitter.
Mike Kros is USGBC Nebraska Flatwater Chapter Volunteer of the Year
Mike Kros, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, was recently recognized as the USGBC Nebraska Flatwater Chapter Volunteer of the Year for 2013! Mike has contributed to the chapter continuously for many years now and his ongoing efforts have been acknowledged and appreciated by Chapter Members and Leadership alike. Great work Mike!
DLR Group adds practice leaders in Chicago
Designer Jason Lembke, AIA, to lead K-12 design in Chicago; Public safety expert Jake Davis, AIA, will lead Justice+Civic practice.
K-12 education designer Jason Lembke, AIA, LEED AP, and public safety expert Jake Davis, AIA, LEED AP, have joined DLR Group. The pair adds experienced design leadership for the firm in Chicago. Each is charged with leading and growing the firm’s K-12 Education and Justice+Civic practices in Illinois and throughout the upper Midwest.
A proven client leader, Lembke brings 14 years of experience in planning, programming, and design of new construction and facility modernizations/ renovations for a variety of school districts. During his career, Lembke has led successful referendum campaigns and authored winning grant applications to secure funding.
“Jason Lembke brings a bold vision for innovative learning environments and is an expert in 21st Century school design,” said DLR Group Senior Principal Tom Gerster, AIA, North Central Regional Leader. “His relationships, portfolio, and commitment to sustainable design elevates DLR Group’s presence in Chicago and the state of Illinois.
“Schools are examining creative ways to develop their students into future leaders through instruction and curriculum,” said Lembke. “Thoughtful design is the best response to foster those vital, yet sometimes subtle, nuances in local educational needs.”
In the roles of business development leader, client leader, and project manager, Davis has led project teams to program and design a variety of public safety and justice building types. He will collaborate with clients to design sustainable, flexible facilities to meet the needs of communities in Illinois, Indiana Minnesota, Ohio, Michigan, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.
“Jake Davis understands that communities must receive a return on the investment made in public facilities,” said Gerster. “He understands how to build consensus and get large, multi-functional justice center projects moving forward for clients.”
“The Justice and Public Safety sector has pent up demand,” said Davis. “DLR Group has the resources and expertise to deliver highly functional, yet flexible law enforcement facilities that clients can operate more efficiently than existing facilities.”
About DLR Group
DLR Group is an integrated design firm providing architecture, engineering, planning, interior design, and sustainable consulting from offices coast-to-coast and in China. Core areas of design expertise include Civic, Courts, Energy Services, Higher Education, Hospitality, Justice, K-12 Education, Retail, Sports, and Workplace. Our promise is to elevate the human experience through design. This promise inspires sustainable design for a diverse group of public and private sector clients; local communities; and our planet. DLR Group fully supports the initiatives and goals of the 2030 Challenge and is an initial signatory to the AIA 2030 Commitment. Visit dlrgroup.com and follow us at LinkedIn and Twitter.
DLR Group teams with Colorado State for K-12 research study
DLR Group and the Institute for the Built Environment (IBE) at Colorado State University have released the findings of a research project that evaluated the effect of green school design on occupants and long-term building performance.
The overwhelming perception of school staff is the learning environments within DLR Group schools have a positive impact on health, achievement, and behavior. The findings also show schools designed by DLR Group are more energy efficient, provide more space per student, and are constructed for less cost compared to regional averages for schools constructed during the same year.
“Design does not stop when the school opens. The design process must include coming back to a project to measure building performance,” said DLR Group Senior Principal Jim French, AIA, the firm’s national K-12 practice leader. “If both the tangible metrics of energy efficiency and the intangible metrics of student and occupant satisfaction are not being evaluated, then as design professionals we are not truly meeting the needs of our K-12 clients.”
The complete report, titled, Linking Performance & Experience – An Analysis of Green Schools, can be downloaded here.