The University of Houston in the US has appointed PageSoutherlandPage and DLR Group as the architects for its new $105m American football stadium to be built for the Houston Cougars.
The new stadium will be constructed on the site of the current Robertson Stadium after demolishing the facility following the 2012 football season.
It will have a initial seating capacity of 40,000 spectators with a second phase expansion of the stadium planned to increase capacity to 60,000 seats.
PageSoutherlandPage principal in charge Jeffrey Bricker said: "This project isn’t just 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."
The new stadium will house luxury suites, loge box seating, club seating and other premium seating options.
It will also feature home and visiting team locker room facilities, space for sports medicine and equipment operations, and academic/meeting spaces covering about 20,000ft².
The stadium will maximise shaded areas and will be designed to take advantage of air flow moving through the facility.
PageSoutherlandPage design principal Larry Speck said the building will attract more visitors to the University of Houston campus.
"It will create a critical outreach to the community and a conspicuous window for Houstonians into their primary hometown academic institution," Speck said.
DLR has already added a skybox to the stadium, which provides 2,880 new club seats, 28 renovated existing suites, a new press/coaches level and associated support facilities.
PageSoutherlandPage is the designer of the university’s new West Dining Hall and the new Cougar Place housing on campus.
It was also the architect for the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, which was completed in 2003.
Image: The new stadium will have seating capacity for 40,000 spectators which will be expanded to 60,000 seats in subsequent phases. Photo: PageSoutherlandPage.