Rupp Arena Masterplan, Kentucky

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Rupp Arena Masterplan, Kentucky

Basketball Building Lexington, USA – design by Space Group Architects AS

Mar 3, 2012

Rupp Arena Masterplan Lexington

Rupp Arena Master Plan Completed in Kentucky

Design: Space Group Architects AS, Oslo, Norway

SPACE GROUP ARCHITECTS have completed the master plan for Rupp Arena, Arts and Entertainment District in Kentucky, USA. The project is led by founding partner Gary Bates (US).

Legendary Rupp Arena is the biggest venue made for the sole purpose of basketball in the US.

Space Group was selected by a committee of the Arena, Arts and Entertainment District 47-member Task Force, including citizens from across the community and the state.

The Rupp Arena Masterplan project includes a vision plan for downtown Lexington and a master plan for 46 acres downtown including the Rupp Basketball Arena, new Convention Center, performing arts center, school of the arts, offices, retail and housing.

Rupp Arena Lexington image / information from Space Group Architects AS

Previously:

27 Sep 2011

Rupp Arena Lexington

Design: Space Group Architects AS, Oslo, Norway

SPACE GROUP – MASTER PLANNER FOR RUPP ARENA, KENTUCKY USA 26.9.2011

SPACE GROUP ARCHITECTS in Oslo, Norway, have been chosen as the master planner for Lexington´s Arena, Arts and Entertainment District in Kentucky, USA, including the reinvention of Rupp Arena. Legendary Rupp Arena is the biggest venue made for the sole purpose of basketball in the country. The project will be led by founding partner Gary Bates (US). The selection was made by a committee of the Arena, Arts and Entertainment District 47-member Task Force, including citizens from across the community and the state. The committee chose Space Group over 13 other architectural firms, all with international credentials.

Basketball arena:
Basketball arena
Rupp Arena Masterplan image from UK Athletics

Bates was hired because he can “dream big” for the District, while leveraging what is authentic and unique about Lexington, said Mayor Jim Gray, who formed the Task Force.

Michael Speaks, Dean of the UK College of Design and the chairman of the Selection Committee, said, “Gary Bates set himself apart from the field of world class finalists interviewed by the committee with a powerful presentation that demonstrated not only his knowledge of Lexington and the region, but also the innovative approach of his office, Space Group. ” The project includes a vision plan for downtown Lexington and a masterplan for 46 acres downtown, including Lexington Center and Rupp Basketball Arena. The work is being carried out from Space Groups offices in Oslo and Kentucky.

Lexington Leaders about Space Group being hired as master planner: Brent Rice, Task Force Chair “Decisions about how to make the best use of this space, how it relates to the surrounding blocks and on the future of Lexington Center and Rupp Arena are as important as any decisions our community will make about its downtown for decades to come. We’re hiring the best professionals to help us with decisions that will shape our future, and I’m glad Gary will lead this design team.”

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray “Bates was hired because he can “dream big” for the District, while leveraging what is authentic and unique about Lexington.”

Alan Stein, Lexington Legends “We always talk a lot about thinking globally and acting locally. Gary Bates and the Space Group hit that note for us perfectly. A Kentucky educated and influenced expert who brings his world famous talents to this great project. We are incredibly fortunate to have the Space Group and their team of professionals on what will be the most important project in Central Kentucky for decades.”

Michael Speaks, Dean, UK College of Design “Gary Bates set himself apart from the field of world class finalists interviewed by the committee with a powerful presentation that demonstrated not only his knowledge of Lexington and the region but also the innovative approach of his office, Space Group.”

Linda Carroll, Morgan Worldwide “Space Group submitted a brilliant written proposal, but the interview surpassed what we saw on paper. Gary demonstrated a deep commitment to Lexington and the bigger community.”

Stephen Huffman, HCM Governmental Relations “Mayor Gray gave us the charge to hire the ‘best of the best’ of consultants. And our selection committee did just that. Gary Bates and Space Group will bring instant excitement, international expertise, and a true understanding of the Big Blue Nation. One of Space Group’s leaders on this project is a native Kentuckian and a graduate of the University of Kentucky.”

Rupp Arena Lexington image / information from Space Group Architects AS

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