HOK Sport + Venue + Event to Oversee UW Athletics Master Plan

June 20, 2005

Seattle - The Washington athletic department announced today the international design firm of HOK Sport + Venue + Event has been chosen to complete a conceptual Intercollegiate Athletics Facilities Study, including potential improvements to Husky Stadium.

The University selected HOK S+V+E, as recommended by the University's Architectural Commission, from a group of eight architectural firms that submitted their qualifications for the project.

The firm will work with the University's Capital Projects Office and the athletic department to establish relevant planning goals and objectives, analyze existing and future facility needs and develop a conceptual Athletics Master Plan. The scope of the project will include Husky Stadium, Graves Annex, Washington's existing athletic facilities and surrounding areas as well as proposed projects and venues, including the planned baseball/soccer complex. A significant portion of the study will focus on site planning and will examine vehicular and pedestrian circulation, landscape, signage and lighting, as well as coordination with the upcoming Sound Transit station to be located immediately west of the Stadium.

'This process is a vital step in our effort to craft a unique and appropriate vision for Washington athletics for the next 25 years,' said Washington director of athletics Todd Turner. 'We are fortunate to have a one-of-a-kind setting for our athletic programs thanks to the proximity of our facilities to Lake Washington. We must take advantage of that while at the same time acting as responsible stewards.

'Typically, a project of this nature will take six to nine months to define the vision. At that time, we should have a visual blueprint of our future and know the course of action necessary to make the concept a reality.'

HOK S+V+E, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., is the nation's leading architectural firm in the planning, design and renovation of sports facilities. They have completed work for more than 120 colleges and universities since their inception in 1983. -

HOK S+V+E's work is consistently recognized for its innovation and design excellence, winning awards for everything from urban planning and architectural design to accessibility and economic viability. The firm has the unique distinction of being honored three times with the profession's highest award, the Honor Award for Architecture from the American Institute of Architects.

HOK S+V+E has worked on a number of high-profile collegiate expansion and improvement projects including Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium, Wagner Field at Kansas State, Tiger Stadium at LSU, Beaver Stadium at Penn State, Byrd Stadium at Maryland, Memorial Stadium at Oklahoma, Lane Stadium at Virginia Tech and Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida. It is overseeing master plan projects for the Rose Bowl and at Indiana.

The Principal in Charge of the project for HOK S+V+E is Scott Radecic, a former All-American linebacker at Penn State and 12-year veteran of the NFL. Radecic has worked on more than15 stadium projects during his 13-year career with the firm.

HOK S+V+E will use the services of Conventions Sports & Leisure to conduct a Market and Financial Study for Husky Stadium's renovation. CS&L has conducted similar studies for stadium projects at Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State and California in the Pac-10 Conference. Outside of the conference, CS&L has worked on stadium projects at Notre Dame, Michigan, Texas, LSU, Penn State, Iowa, Michigan State, Purdue and Virginia. Its client list includes 21 NFL teams, including the Qwest Field project for the Seattle Seahawks.

CS&L will conduct a feasibility study to determine demand for a variety of amenities and seating options, and will develop financial projections and funding options for a renovation of Husky Stadium. The survey is expected to take a minimum of three months and will start this summer.

Husky Stadium currently has a seating capacity of 72,500. Constructed in 1920, it is the fifth oldest Division I football stadium. Its original capacity was 30,000. Husky Stadium has experienced a number of expansion projects. Most recently, 13,000 seats were added in 1987 with the addition of the north upper deck and the west end was rebuilt in 1989.

Seattle-based Swift and Company will work closely with HOK S+V+E on campus planning and landscape architecture, while Weinstein A/U, a Seattle architecture firm, will support HOK S+V+E on design and permitting.