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.
New Football Stadium for Houston Cougars
DLR Group and PageSoutherlandPage will team to design new football stadium for Houston Cougars
(HOUSTON – June 12, 2012) – Game Day on the University of Houston campus will be better for fans and student-athletes in 2014. DLR Group and PageSoutherlandPage have been selected to design a new football stadium for the Houston Cougars football program to elevate the fan and student-athlete experience.
The new stadium design will have 40,000 seats, 22 luxury suites, 200 loge box seats, club seating for 650 fans, and enhanced press facilities for the 2014 season. Fan amenities will include signature shaded areas and breezeways, expanded concessions, and upgraded scoreboards and sound system. Succeeding phases will increase seating to 50,000, and ultimately 60,000. The total project budget is $105 million.
The new stadium will be constructed on the site of 71-year-old Robertson Stadium, which will be demolished after the 2012 season.
“The vision is to create a new venue that is captivating on game days and also an iconic, vibrant building on the campus 365 days a year,” said DLR Group Principal Don Barnum. “The integrated PageSoutherlandPage | DLR Group design team looks forward to designing a stadium that will raise the profile of Houston football in the city, in Texas, and across the country.”
"This project isn’t just about replacing a stadium with a more modern facility; it’s about creating a venue that showcases the football team’s on-field accomplishments while providing a spectacular view of the downtown skyline,” said PageSoutherlandPage Principal in Charge Jeffrey Bricker. “As Houstonians, we’ve seen the University of Houston become a bigger and bigger part what makes the city a great place to live, work and now, receive a Tier One education.”
Improving the student-athlete experience is a focus of the master plan for Houston Cougar football. The new football complex will feature state-of-the-art locker facilities, including a locker room suite for Houston football and three visitor locker rooms; brand new playing surface; a 20,000 SF academic services building; a marching band rehearsal facility; and dedicated tailgating areas.
Larry Speck, Design Principal of PageSoutherlandPage, said, “This building will attract more visitors to the University of Houston campus—from loyal alumni and major donors to neighborhood kids with collegiate dreams—than any other. It will create a critical outreach to the community and a conspicuous window for Houstonians into their primary hometown academic institution.”
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 on Twitter and Facebook.
With roots extending back to 1898, PageSoutherlandPage has more than 425 employees and offices in Austin, Dallas, Denver, Houston and Washington, D.C. PageSoutherlandPage provides architecture, interiors, consulting and engineering services throughout the United States and around the world. The firm’s diverse, international portfolio includes projects in the academic, student housing, healthcare, government, science and technology, corporate and urban housing sectors. Learn more about the firm at www.pspaec.com.