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University of Houston hires architects for new football stadium

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The University of Houston has hired a pair of architectural firms to lead the way in building the school's new on-campus football stadium.

UH has engaged with PageSoutherlandPage, which has a significant history with the school at its main campus, as well as the downtown, Sugar Land and Victoria locations.

PageSoutherlandPage's work at the University of Houston includes the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, home to Houston swimming and diving.

UH has also hired DLR Group, a company with offices all over the country and in China.

DLR Group has been involved in major renovations including Florida's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Nebraska's Memorial Stadium and LSU's Alex Box Stadium.

UH will build its new facility where Robertson Stadium currently sits.

The project will cost an estimated $105 million.

The school will break ground in December, with plans for the new stadium to open in time for the 2014 season.

"As we continue to move forward on our new football stadium, we are excited to welcome PageSoutherlandPage/DLR Group onto our team for this project," said Mack Rhoades, UH athletics director, in a statement released by the school.

"PageSoutherland Page has years of experience in working with the University and has designed outstanding facilities on campus during that time.

"When you look at the work DLR Group has done at some of the nation's premier collegiate stadiums, you can see the high quality and attention to detail in every aspect. This new stadium will become a centerpiece of our campus, and we look forward to working with everyone at PageSoutherlandPage/DLR Group on our vision."

Efforts by PageSoutherlandPage will be led by principal in charge Jeffrey Bricker.

"This project isn't about replacing a stadium with a more modern facility; it's about creating a venue that showcases the football team's on-field accomplishments while providing a spectacular view of the downtown skyline in the background," Bricker said.

"As Houstonians, we've seen the University of Houston become a bigger part of what makes the city a great place to live, work, and now receive a Tier One education. "We want the university to be recognized for the outstanding institution that it is. It's a very exciting project with so much potential, and we are excited to work with the university and its athletics department."

DLR Group will be led by stadium project manager Don Barnum.

"We have been following the University of Houston for several years and are excited about the size and scope of this project," Barnum said. "When you watch college football on television, the broadcasts always have a signature shot.

"With this facility we envision a shot that pans across the stadium and focuses on the skyline of Houston, linking the city with the stadium for the fans watching the game across the world."

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