SACRAMENTO- The Sacramento Kings announced Sunday that they have selected AECOM as the lead architect for the downtown entertainment and sports complex.
AECOM designed the London 2012 Olympic Park and is set to design the Rio De Jeneiro 2016 Olympic park. AECOM has also served as the lead architect for 11 NBA arenas, including the Barclays Center, the home of the Brooklyn Nets and the 2012 Sports Business Journal Facility of the Year. Locally, they designed Aggies Stadium at UC Davis.
"We have assembled the best artists in the world to design the and build the new arena, " said Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé.
"From the Bird's Nest in Bijing to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, AECOM has the resume to design and create a technologically advanced and fan-centric arena in the world," Ranadivé said.
The Kings selected ICON Venue Group as the project manager and Turner as the lead builder. Turner is currently constructing the new San Francisco 49ers' Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.
AECOM plans to have conceptual rendering ready in the fall of 2013 and final design completed in early to mid 2014. AECOM will do all the architectural design work in Sacramento to ensure local input in the design process, a press release stated.
Jon Niemut Director of AECOM Sports, Americas said, " For some of the best fans in the NBA, we are prepared to design an arena that will not only provide a tremendous home court advantage for the Kings, but that will also create an amazing experience for everyone who steps foot in and around the facility. This project will transform downtown and the entire region."
"This is another huge win for the Kings and Sacramento," said Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. "AECOM's selection continues to prove that the best and brightest in the world believe in this project and in our community. I applaud the Kings for an inspired selection and can't wait to see what AECOM designs for the new arena."