Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Berkeley names architects to stadium team

Cal said Monday that it selected an architecture team for the planned renovation of Memorial Stadium.
The campus has reached an agreement in principle with HNTB Architecture to lead the architectural renovation of the football stadium.
School officials said they don't know how much the Memorial Stadium renovations will cost because they have not yet finalized designs. The school is already calling on alumni and others to raise money for the project. Cal Athletic Director Sandy Barbour said the department has raised more than $40 million so far and is "very, very pleased where we are from a fundraising standpoint."
She said the university got a "great boost" from a $25 million donation. She declined to name the donor, who pledged the money two months ago.
Cal officials said they want to begin construction on 73,347-seat Memorial after the 2006 football season.
Cal wants to renovate 82-year-old Memorial Stadium, which sits upon the Hayward fault line and needs upgrades to reinforce the structure in case of an earthquake. The university said it wants the renovation to "preserve the historic character" of Memorial while expanding it so that other intercollegiate teams can use the facility for training.

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