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Curtis J. Moody

Temple University has selected the architecture firm Moody Nolan to lead design of a proposed on-campus football stadium and identify future opportunities for retail in the multipurpose project.

Moody Nolan has special expertise in collegiate athletics and recreation and has completed projects for over 100 universities throughout the country, most recently at DePaul, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, the University of Chicago and Vanderbilt. Founded by President and CEO Curtis J. Moody, Moody Nolan is the largest African-American owned and managed architecture firm in the United States.

Temple President Neil D. Theobald said:

Moody Nolan is regarded as a national leader in designing beautiful sports and recreation facilities that not only fit their purpose but also fit the communities in which they exist. We are excited to partner with such an outstanding architectural firm.

Moody Nolan is collaborating with AECOM, a multinational engineering design firm, and Langan, a civil engineering and landscape design firm. Moody Nolan is also leading the design of a student recreation building that would be adjacent to the retail and stadium complex, envisioned for the site bounded by Broad Street, Norris Street, 16th Street and Montgomery Avenue.

Moody stated:

We look forward to working together with Temple University and the surrounding community. Creating a vibrant and cohesive streetscape experience that blends together the planned stadium, the significant retail components, the adjacent indoor recreation facility and various pedestrian plaza and green spaces will be a significant part of the evolution of the overall design strategy.”

Moody Nolan has already held meetings with nearby residents to start the engagement process with the community about initial steps related to design.

Temple University Q&A with Curtis J. Moody about community engagement

Can you tell us why community engagement is such a critical component for Moody Nolan projects?

Community engagement is critical to establish a relationship with the people of the area affected by the project. It is a process and takes time. During this time you begin to understand all points view and the ‘why’ behind concerns. The goal is to be up front and share what’s going on, look for synergies and create a solution that works for as many people as possible.

You are already meeting with local residents in small groups. Why is the small-group format beneficial?

Smaller groups allow for better and more in-depth discussions. It also allows time to actually connect with people during meetings.

What are common concerns you’re hearing?

Traffic concerns have been expressed, and that is fairly typical of urban campus environments. Issues related to noise, trash and parking have also been raised.

Moody Nolan is highly regarded for designing facilities that respond to the communities in which they exist. How does your firm accomplish that?

As with any design process, it should start by listening and doing your homework to truly understand the situation. This intangible information, coupled with over 30 years of such design experience, leads to a more informed solution. We have completed projects all over the country and can tell you that each one has its own unique situations and solution.

You just have to keep talking and moving forward.

The University of Alabama’s Sewell – Thomas Stadium will soon make history as one of the first NCAA baseball fields lit with an LED light source. The University of Alabama has chosen Musco’s Light-Structure Green™, having previously installed Musco’s lighting systems at several venues on campus including its tennis facility and the Sam Bailey Track Stadium.

Musco’s Light-Structure Green™ system using an LED light source provides many benefits for players, spectators, and television broadcasts.

  • Improves visibility with custom optics designed to direct the light on the field and not into the players or spectators’ eyes
  • Reduces energy consumption by 53 percent compared to the prior 1500-watt metal halide lights
  • Provides a complete solution from foundation to poletop in 5 Easy Pieces™ for trouble-free installation and reliable performance
  • Eliminates maintenance with Musco’s 10-year parts and labor warranty backed by a network of Musco technicians

The LED light source offers instant on/off/dimming capabilities for additional energy savings when full power of the system is not needed such as between games or during practice.

Jeff Rogers, Vice President of Developmental Sales, Musco Lighting, said:

The Alabama Crimson Tide is setting the stage for collegiate baseball with an energy-efficient lighting solution that improves playability, enhances broadcasts, and brings a show-time element before, during, and after games with special effects.

Combining the system’s efficient operations with Musco’s warranty, the university’s operating costs will be substantially reduced.

Jim Knowlton, Athletics Director at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs has spoken about his strategic vision for Falcon Stadium, following receipt of an anonymous donation to kick start renovations.

New features will include a high-definition scoreboard, remodelled locker rooms, removing the aluminium bleachers that form the upper bowl on the east side and replacing them with enclosed suites, updating restrooms and concessions, meeting the guidelines set forth by the Americans With Disabilities Act and paving the parking lot. The academy will add a Memorial Garden and a fence where each post includes looks at Air Force history.

The project hasn’t been handed over to architects or engineers yet but Knowlton said he has the full support of Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson as well as help with funding after a $5m anonymous donation.

The stadium’s capacity will drop from around 47,000 to 40,000 and some of the more minor renovations may be completed for the 2016 season. The rest of the work on the stadium will come from a mix of private and government funds. Knowlton said:

It is a phenomenal stadium, but it needs a little bit of upkeep. I think that’s the biggest thing we’re looking to do right now is, how do we take this stadium from good to great.