AECOM to lead design of Inglewood Basketball & Entertainment Center in US


US-based infrastructure firm AECOM has been selected to lead the design of the new sports venue, Inglewood Basketball & Entertainment Center, in Inglewood, California, US.

The new arena, which will be home to the American professional basketball team L.A. Clippers, will feature a multi-purpose plaza, complete with concert stage, community basketball courts and space for the community to gather.

AECOM chairman and CEO Michael Burke said: “As a longtime fan of the L.A. Clippers, I am extremely proud that AECOM has the opportunity to design the Inglewood Basketball & Entertainment Center for our hometown’s sports fans and the Inglewood community.”

To be built on West Century Boulevard between South Prairie Avenue and South Yukon Avenue, the proposed project will include the team’s business and basketball offices, training facility, and community and retail spaces.
The project is scheduled to be completed by fall of 2024.

AECOM global sports executive vice-president Bill Hanway said: “Inglewood is in the midst of a sports evolution. Our goal is to deliver an intense, world-class facility that reflects the passion of the Clippers’ leadership, as well as the unique characteristics of the city.

“We are creating a sports destination that will be the true home of the L.A. Clippers – a building that will house the team’s business and basketball offices, training facility, community and retail spaces.

“The design takes advantage of the climate of the city and will incorporate indoor/outdoor spaces that are a seamless extension of the beautiful entry plaza that reflects the special landscape of Southern California.”

AECOM said that its design for the arena will create a community asset where sport and technology combine to strengthen the city.

The design also incorporates AECOM’s key strategies for energy conservation, building form, lighting, mechanical and landscaping to achieve rigorous California Energy Commission Net Zero requirements, the firm noted.

The AECOM-led design team includes Walter P. Moore, Hood Design Studio and Anderson Barker Architects with City Design Studio.

The firm will be responsible for architecture, mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering, cost consulting, transportation planning, air quality, and geotechnical services for the centre.

Image: Illustration of Inglewood Basketball & Entertainment Center. Photo: courtesy of NBA Media Ventures, LLC.

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