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Dallas Cowboys announce name for team’s new home and surrounding development

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The Dallas Cowboys unveiled the name of the entire 91‐acre mixed‐use development project that will include the new home to the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters. 

The Star in Frisco, Texas, is the official name for the development that will be home to the Cowboys’ new training complex, a 12,000‐seat multi-use event centre, a recently announced Omni hotel, and a wide range of mixed‐use elements on the property located at the northwest corner of Warren Parkway and the Dallas North Tollway.
Cowboys COO Stephen Jones, said:

When you think of the Dallas Cowboys visually, the iconic logo immediately comes to mind. It’s instantly recognizable and a source of great pride on the regional, national and international level. We believe it is also symbolic of the great pride that the citizens of Frisco feel about their community and being from the State of Texas.

Frisco Mayor Maher Maso added:

The Star in Frisco also represents five key points that we believe that this City and this development are all about: performance, amateur competition, health and wellness, engagement, and entertainment.
It’s the first thing most people envision when you say ‘Dallas Cowboys’, so it’s befitting The Star in Frisco is the name of this development, which will be home to America’s Team.
We’re looking forward to the day The Star in Frisco is open for business, building upon our city’s growing reputation as a community that values innovative, unique high‐calibre developments. This project is a source of pride in Frisco, and has been since the day our public‐private partnership was announced.
In a way, The Star is already shining in Frisco, and we can’t wait to begin hosting our residents, students and visitors in 2016.

With the new branding of The Star in Frisco in place, corporate naming partnerships for the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and the multi‐use event centre will be pursued moving forward.

Background on The Star in Frisco:
The partnership between the Dallas Cowboys, the City of Frisco and the Frisco Independent School District was announced on August 13, 2013, and ground was officially broken on the project on August 22, 2014. The Cowboys are expected to make the move north to Frisco in 2016.

A multi‐use special events and sports facility is to be developed on a footprint of approximately 20 acres, and the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters on a footprint of approximately five acres, will be the centrepiece of additional property that has been designated for mixed-use development. In total, the project will consist of 91 acres, located at the northwest corner
of Warren Parkway and the Dallas North Tollway.
In addition to becoming the home to the NFL team’s entire football operation, including administrative offices, coaches offices and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, the complex will include a multipurpose, 12,000-seat indoor stadium and two outdoor fields that will provide facilities for use by the Cowboys, City of Frisco, Frisco ISD football and soccer games, and
other sports, athletic, academic, fine arts and entertainment events. The mixed‐use development will be built on the approximately 66 acres remaining of the 91-‐acre tract. It will include
additional office buildings, lifestyle, retail and restaurant space, hotel and residential components that Dallas-based Lincoln Property Company will handle the leasing of as the project
moves forward.

Gensler and Associates has been selected as the architect and interior designer for the Cowboys World Headquarters and the adjoining multi‐use event centre. Manhattan Construction will serve as the primary builder charged with the construction of these, while Dallas-based O’Brien Architects has been designated as the designer for the masterplan of the mixed-use development that will surround the complex.


Multi-use trend emerges at IAKS Congress in Cologne

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There was no mistaking a major theme coming through at the IAKS Congress and Awards: multi-use as a way of achieving economic sustainability, including the combination of large spectator facilities with community use. Examples included London’s legacy venues, the Copper Box, Velodrome and Olympic Stadium. Neil Fraser from Make Architects described how the Copper Box was designed to very quickly become a multi-use facility driven by the needs voiced by the local community, including schools. The Velodrome is undergoing some fit-out – a cafe and a reception desk – but most of the work is on the extended velo park next door.

The ‘New approaches to design and management’ session typified the different possible approaches to multi-use, from the architectural and engineering solution in Lille’s Grand Stade to the multi-functional training centre in Xativa Sports City in Valencia and the Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Phoenix, USA. Chairman Sven-Ake Wikers put questions about programming, energy use and identity to the panellists, whose buildings, although with varying capacities, all need to serve different event clients with short turnaround times and as efficiently as possible.

Lille’s stadium is a sports stadium, sports arena and concert hall in one facility. It achieves this through having a sliding roof and a pitch that stacks internally. Architect Pierre Ferret reported that during its first season, each half of the pitch has retained its performance and appearance due to the maintenance regime. He also confirmed excellent acoustics for pop and classsical music in the curtained hard floor ‘boite des spectacles’.

Xativa Sports City is a renovated park with 8,000 sqm covered and 40,000 sqm of outdoor athletic, aquatic and fitness facilities, plus cultural, meeting and education spaces. Architect Maria Angeles Sanchez Ortega used colour to define areas for different user groups and integrated storage for team equipment. “During construction we always tried to reduce costs to adapt the project to affordable prices,” said Ortega in response to a question on architecture in a time of austerity.

The question of finance was also fundamental to the Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Phoenix, one of 26 such centers funded by a private endowment of $1.5bn. Architect Craig Bouck described the selection process carried out by the Salvation Army, the organisation entrusted with the task of providing facilities to underserved communities, and its journey towards delivering leisure and cultural facilities, which it had no previous experience of doing. In Phoenix, the Center provides indoor and outdoor facilities, responding to the climate with shaded areas, water preservation and natural lighting and ventillation. Typifying the new thinking, the chapel is at the front of the building on the ground floor and immediately above and also at the front is a boxing gym, which appeals directly to the sporting instincts of the local community.


Belle Vue Sports Village progressing in East Manchester

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Plans for a new National Speedway Stadium, a National Speedway Academy at Belle Vue in Manchester are progressing. Belle Vue is the home of Manchester’s Belle Vue Aces team. Manchester City Council – in partnership with Belle Vue Aces and England Basketball – are preparing a planning application. AFL Architects are working with construction company ISG.

Also planned are a synthetic turf pitch, a National Basketball Centre and a rugby pitch. The city council is paying the £4.5m building costs as a loan which will be repaid by Belle Vue Aces though an annual rent as part of the club’s lease agreement. The development is part of the Eastlands Community Plan which includes new sports facilities designed to generate additional community and economic benefits for the city and East Manchester.

New Atlanta stadium for 360 Architecture

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The Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) Board of Governors has moved quickly to approve a contract with 360 Architecture as the lead architect on the new stadium project, signaling the official start of the design process. Falcons President and CEO Rich McKay said:


Selecting a lead architect is a very significant decision in the new stadium process. 360’s creativity and qualifications made them the best fit for this project, and we believe they will put us in the best position to deliver the ultimate game day experience for our fans, as well as serving at the highest level the needs of current Georgia Dome events and other new events in the future.


Bill Johnson of 360 Architecture said:


A progressive spirit of innovation exists here in Atlanta. Together, we have the opportunity to set the bar for dynamic, flexible, and sustainable stadiums by which all others will be measured.


On 17 April the GWCCA and the Atlanta Falcons jointly selected architectural firm 360 Architecture as its Apparent Awardee to provide lead design services. The estimated $1 billion stadium will be built with $200 million from public bonds, with the rest coming from Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank.


We collectively selected 360 Architecture, an exceptionally qualified firm. Their design approach as evidenced throughout the evaluation process, reflected their design goal to ‘Challenge Everything, Embrace Change and to Reject current thinking’ for stadium design


said GWCCA Executive Director Frank Poe.


The Request for Qualification (RFQ) process, which began late last year, vetted professional services based upon their qualifications and fit for the new stadium project. The contract for architectural services agreement identifies EEO participation and establishes $35 million as the gross maximum price for design. With a contract executed, 360 Architecture can now begin engaging the stadium owner and developer on specific programmatic elements and design preferences.


360 Architecture has shown two designs for the new Atlanta Stadium but said that nothing is certain yet.

360 Architecture has shown two designs for the new Atlanta Stadium but said that nothing is certain yet.