UCLA's NCAA-famous Pauley Pavilion has been getting a big makeover and it's about six months out from completion, according to the UCLA Newsroom (which also notes, naturally that it is still on time and on budget). They've also posted a video showing how work is progressing (see it below). Ground broke back in May 2010 on the NBBJ-designed remodel (which had some early controversies--Le Gehry and others objected to the plans). Ken Weiner, senior associate athletic director, says the school consulted Coach John Wooden and the Pauley family before deciding on a design in which "Basically, you'll get the feeling that we encased old Pauley Pavilion in new." According to the release, "One of the most stunning changes is the brand-new concourse, which wraps all the way around the building, adding 50,000 square feet of space. The east concourse — once considered the original 'front' of the building — now features floor-to-ceiling glass, allowing sunlight to flood the wing that will soon be known as 'Wooden Way.'"
The new Pauley will also have a parklet; a big, fancy north entrance with a statue of Wooden; four times the number of women's restrooms and twice the number for men; 1,000 new seats (for a total capacity of 13,800); and much, more more. Players and coaches will get new amenities including a lounge, film room, weight room, and media room. The first two events in the brand new Pauley will be men's and women's basketball games in early November.
· First glimpse of Pauley Pavilion as UCLA prepares for fall 2012 reopening [UCLA Newsroom]
· UCLA's Pauley Pavilion Renovation Gets Paid For [Curbed LA]