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Gray announces architects making pitch for chance to reinvent Rupp, convention center


Looking for an update on Rupp Arena? Wait no more, my friend. Mayor Gray sent out a press release this morning to update the people of Lexington and Big Blue Nation on where the project stands:


Four outstanding architectural firms want to design Rupp Arena, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray announced today.

“These are firms with the imagination to reinvent Rupp Arena and ignite the surrounding blocks with a new level of excitement and activity,” Gray said.

Gray and members of a selection committee appointed by Lexington Center Corp. announced the four architectural teams bidding to design Rupp; the five architectural teams bidding to design the Convention Center; and the five construction management teams bidding to build both projects. All architectural firms have teamed with local architects.

The Selection Committee — including Chair Brent Rice and members Holly Wiedemann, Royce Pulliam, Ray Ball, Cecil Dunn and Craig Turner — will interview the firms in mid June. The Committee is expected to make its recommendations to the Lexington Center Board by the end of this month. The Lexington Center Board is expected to identify winners this summer.

“The public will have an opportunity to interact with the architects as the design develops,” Gray said.

Also in June, Lexington Center Board is scheduled to receive a business plan from its four strategic financial consultants — Convention, Sports & Leisure International Inc., Legends, Live Nation Entertainment and HKS Architects — hired early this year to recommend the best way to finance both projects.

“An outstanding, specific financial plan is essential,” Gray said. “We will move forward only as we know how we’ll pay for these facilities.”

The four bids to design Rupp are from: AECOM/Space Group/Omni — Kansas City/Sweden/Lexington; HKS/JRA — Dallas/Lexington; NBBJ/EOP — Los Angeles/Lexington; and Populous/Sherman Carter Barnhart — Kansas City/Lexington.

The five bids to design the Convention Center are from: M+G Murphy Graves/ Ratio — Lexington/ Indianapolis; Populous/Sherman Carter Barnhart — Kansas City/Lexington; NBBJ/EOP — Los Angeles/Lexington; LMN/Omni Architects — Seattle/Lexington; and WORK/Epstein Architects — New York/Chicago.

The five bids to manage the construction of both Rupp and the Convention Center are from: Hunt/Abel/Finch- Indianapolis/Lexington; Mortenson/Mathis — Minneapolis/Louisville; Skanska/Congleton-Hacker — National/Lexington; DW Wilburn — Lexington; and Turner/BD Global — National/Lexington.


There ya go.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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13 Comments for Gray announces architects making pitch for chance to reinvent Rupp, convention center

  1. Duuuuuude
    5:03 pm June 4, 2013 Permalink

    What ever gets done, I hope we can show our neighbors in Louisville that Lexington can support its own arena without leaving the rest of the state on the hook for funding a palace that its own sports team (U of L) cannot support on its own.

  2. Hmmmmm
    5:17 pm June 4, 2013 Permalink

    Space Group + Omni! Best local firm paired with a good worldwide firm. HKS would be interesting… Keep EOP and Sherman Carter Barnhart the hell away from Rupp though!

  3. UK Fan
    5:29 pm June 4, 2013 Permalink

    These are great teams with the exception of Sherman Carter Barnhart. For the good of all downtown, I hope they are not involved.

  4. My picks
    5:30 pm June 4, 2013 Permalink

    These are my picks for what it’s worth.

    Rupp Arena – NBBJ/EOP (NBBJ is one of the best architecture firms in the country and I am partial to firms that haven’t produced mass amounts of stadiums and arenas I.E. Populous or AECOM)

    Convention Center – WORK/Epstein (For the convention center I want to see something different from the modern day convention center and WORK will definitely deliver. Their work might not be for everyone, but it would do wonders to our basic downtown we have now.)

    Construction Manager – Skanska/Congleton-Hacker (Skanska did the feasibility study for the project and congleton hacker did the Rupp locker room renovation this past year.)

  5. Whaaaa??
    6:24 pm June 4, 2013 Permalink

    DW Wilburn…..Seriously??

  6. BOSOX
    7:12 pm June 4, 2013 Permalink

    Along with renovating Rupp… They need to do put more things downtown!!!! Like they did with The Banks up in Cincinnati

  7. twnky
    7:35 pm June 4, 2013 Permalink

    Am I the only one that thinks that this is never going to happen? Not trying to be a downer just my pov.

  8. tuxedo park
    8:54 pm June 4, 2013 Permalink

    Hunt sucks. I’m working with them now. If they get the job get ready to be over budget.

  9. GoForIt
    9:50 am June 5, 2013 Permalink

    No more bleacher seating!! Always nice to find some slob 200 lbs over weight taking up two.

  10. BigBlueBrock
    10:37 am June 5, 2013 Permalink

    Given the established relationship between Space Group/Omni and the mayor/city, chances are good they’re who wins the bid for Rupp. Space Group did the concepts we saw last year, FYI.

  11. JSP
    1:00 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    pick spacegroup/omni and work/epstein and make downtown somewhere people want to go.

  12. Matt
    1:47 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    #4 – AECOM has experience in the stadium sector and are the largest architecture firm in the World. With that being said, I am working on a project that they designed right now and lets just say the design is suspect at best.

  13. My picks
    5:03 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    12 – I meant to say I prefer HKS and NBBJ who dont have as many stadium/arenas but do AMAZING work compared to AECOM and Populous who have tons of stadiums/arenas under their belt.