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2/27/2013

Glories, Past & Present

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

I never realized how mythical collegiate sports can become until I covered the new Pauley Pavillion for the Architect's Newspaper. 

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UCLA's Pauley Pavilion re-opens after major renovation by NBBJ.
Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Sam Lubell
Published: 25 Feb 2013, The Architect's Newspaper

Inside the new pavilion. Courtesy of NBBJ.
When dealing with beloved historic structures, a delicate balance is necessary and best achieved by appeasing stalwart loyalists, but also appealing to a younger, less sentimental market.

A good example is UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, which, after a hiatus of almost three years, recently re-emerged from a $136 million renovation and expansion.

First designed by modernist architect Welton Becket in 1965, the arena has been a landmark on the campus for the last 45 years and home to a staggering 42 NCAA championship teams (in basketball, volleyball, and gymnastics). It’s been home court to basketball stars like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, and Reggie Miller and it’s where the legendary John Wooden coached.

“We wanted to keep what was here, optimize it, and make it function better,” said Jonathan Ward, design partner for NBBJ, which oversaw the recent work. That expansion added an additional 65,000 square feet of lobby, concourse, and team space. [read more]

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