LA Tech Partners with Populous for Master Facility Plan

Oct. 20, 2009

RUSTON -- Athletics Director Derek Dooley announced today that Louisiana Tech has launched a strategic partnership with renowned sports architectural firm Populous to develop a master facility plan.

As part of the partnership, Populous will provide conceptual design and estimates regarding the expansion and renovation of all athletic facilities. Facility design will focus on the needs of University students, student-athletes, fans and athletic staff. The designs will also incorporate various options to develop new revenue streams.

"It is no secret that the premier student-athletes of today demand the finest in athletic facilities and equipment," Dooley said. "To elevate our recruiting potential, it is essential that our facilities meet or exceed the expectations of high caliber student-athletes and compare favorably to our competitor schools."

Populous is a global design firm, which recently completed a buyout and separation from HOK Group of St. Louis, Missouri, that specializes in comprehensive design services, including sports architecture.

The firm has created some of the most recognizable professional sports venues in the country, including Yankee Stadium, Busch Stadium, AT&T Park, Pepsi Center, PNC Park, PETCO Park, Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Reliant Stadium.

"Populous is thrilled about our partnership with Louisiana Tech," said Scott Radecic, Senior Principal with Populous. "We look forward to planning improvements to athletic facilities which will enhance fan experience for premium patrons, provide the athletic department additional revenue streams and help build a better foundation for student-athletes on and off the field."

The company has also built a reputation in the collegiate world, partnering with universities such as Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Minnesota and Washington on new athletic facilities.

Dooley has continually stressed that maintaining facilities and strategically planning for the future is an ongoing process.

 

 

"In the last few years, we have taken small steps to improve our infrastructure for our student-athletes, student body and fan base," Dooley said. "Our new partnership with Populous will provide the blueprint to significantly enhance the fan experience and national competitiveness of all of our programs."

The partnership is being funded entirely from private gifts. Rick Shirley of Dallas is a former Tech letterwinner and alumnus and a strong supporter of the University and athletic department's plan to improve facilities.

"The strong high school programs in Louisiana and the Ark-La-Tex region are nationally recognized for their consistent production of talented Division I recruits," Shirley said. "Louisiana Tech is located in the heart of that base. The planned facilities will not only be beautiful but state-of-the-art, and I am convinced that they will propel Louisiana Tech Athletics to the level that supporters expect and deserve."

To learn more about Populous, log onto www.populous.com.

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