The Pauley Pavilion renovation has been under way for 27 months and, with just six months to go before its completion in mid-October, the project remains on time and on budget, said Ken Weiner, senior associate athletic director in UCLA’s Intercollegiate Department of Athletics.
Plans are in the works to celebrate the opening of the new Pauley, including a week of "welcome" events in late October, Weiner said. This will be followed by the first two athletic events to be held in the building — men’s and women’s basketball in early November.
Weiner recently led a group of TV and print reporters through Pauley Pavilion for their first look at the construction site since the official groundbreaking in May 2010. Progress on the arena has been sure and steady, Weiner said, due to the presence of approximately 350 construction workers in the building every day.
The interior of Pauley Pavilion, as it looks today ...
In designing the new Pauley, UCLA and architecture/design firm NBBJ had a very complicated task: to expand and renovate Pauley Pavilion into a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose facility while at the same time retaining the spirit of the "old" Pauley, using the university’s signature structure of terra cotta, brick and glass.
"The first people we went to when we talked about the design intended for this building were Coach Wooden and the Pauley family," Weiner said. "All of them cast their votes for leaving this building intact — that we do a renovation, as opposed to a demolition. So that started our architecture direction. Basically, you’ll get the feeling that we encased old Pauley Pavilion in new."