Sacramento is poised to enter an economic renaissance as the multimillion-dollar Entertainment and Sports Center (ESC) will be constructed along L and J streets, between 5th and 7th streets. The $477 million project will be the new home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and Lerch Bates has been awarded a contract to design the facility’s complex façade access system.
Located in the heart of downtown Sacramento, the site will serve as an iconic civic space, open to the region 365 days a year. Its centralized location, utilization of existing public infrastructure and immediate proximity to public transportation make it a model of smart growth and green development. The ESC will host Sacramento Kings home games, other sporting events, concerts, conferences, conventions and family-oriented entertainment.
Totaling more than 600,000 square feet, the ESC will include a performance bowl with general and premium seating, spacious suites, indoor standing viewing areas and an outdoor plaza with a total capacity of nearly 17,500 guests. Construction of the publicly and privately financed ESC should be completed by fall of 2016, in time for the 2016-17 NBA season. Demolition of the site began earlier this past summer and the Kings currently play at the Sleep Train Arena, opened in 1988.
“The ESC is an exciting project not only for its innovative design, but because it’s expected to revitalize Sacramento’s burgeoning downtown,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “Lerch Bates is already a member of various teams designing the country’s newest sports and entertainment complexes, and we’re eager to get to work on the city’s latest landmark structure.”
Massive 50 feet by 100 feet glass doors will create dynamic indoor and outdoor space, allowing visitors to enjoy Sacramento’s climate. The ESC will feature plazas, pedestrian circulation areas and other open spaces to provide openness and accessibility. Common open plazas will encourage pedestrian flow and access to the ESC, as well as to the surrounding restaurants, retail and commercial space. The public spaces also are expected to serve as gathering places for cultural performances and other community activities.
Global architecture firm AECOM serves as the lead architect for the ESC. The firm is renowned for designing some of the most recognized sports and entertainment venues in the world including the acclaimed London 2012 Olympic Park, Rio 2016 Olympic Park, Seattle’s CenturyLink Field (formerly Qwest Field), Phoenix’s Chase Field and 11 NBA arenas including Barclays Center, opened in mid-2012 and home of the Brooklyn Nets. AECOM is a Fortune 500 company and serves clients in more than 150 countries.
Lerch Bates has built a reputation as a worldwide leader in the design of complex façade access systems, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for window washing and maintenance. The firm’s façade access consultants continually make benchmarks in innovation when designing exterior building maintenance equipment systems for landmark structures across the globe. Founded in 1947, Lerch Bates is the oldest and largest vertical transportation and façade access consulting firm in the world. The company has designed custom façade access systems for many celebrated high-rise towers including the 2,717-foot (828-meter) Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1,667-foot (508-meter) Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan, the 1,483-foot (452-meter) Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the 1,476-foot (450-meter) Nanjing Greenland Financial Center in Nanjing, China.
Lerch Bates is currently designing the vertical transportation and façade access systems of VTB Stadium and Arena in Moscow, Russia. The arena, designed by MANICA Architecture and one of the largest projects currently being developed in the Russian Federation, features the redevelopment of historic Dynamo Stadium and the surrounding park. The exterior façade of the old stadium will be incorporated into the construction of the $700 to $750 million sports and entertainment complex. A honeycomb patterned skin will envelop the 27,000-seat soccer stadium, featuring an oculus over the playing field, and the 11,500-seat multipurpose arena. The groundbreaking design of the two ultramodern sports facilities will allow them to operate independently as well as simultaneously and is expected to be a catalyst for all sports in Russia. VTB Stadium and Arena will be the home of Football Club Dynamo Moscow when it is expected to open in 2017.