DLR Group is an integrated design firm delivering architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, and building optimization for new construction, renovation, and adaptive reuse. Our promise is to elevate the human experience through design. This promise inspires sustainable design for a diverse group of public and private sector clients; local communities; and our planet. DLR Group is 100 percent employee-owned and fully supports the goals of the 2030 Challenge, and is an initial signatory to the China Accord and the AIA 2030 Commitment.
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Locations: Headquarters: Kansas City, Missouri, with offices in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, and Shanghai
Why Kansas City?
Kansas City is an ideal location for a design firm. The quality and prominence of global architecture and engineering firms in the city demands continuous design innovation enhancing competitiveness in a variety of markets. The talent pool emanating from Iowa State University, Kansas State University, Oklahoma State University, the University of Kansas, the University of Missouri, and the University of Nebraska provides a continuous stream of new thinking and a graduate well versed in the theory and practice of design and with an aptitude for the latest digital design tools. The quality of life in the Kansas City metro enables firms to retain local talent and recruit new talent to the region.
DLR Group has received many awards throughout the years, what are some recent ones?
United Kingdom based BD World Architectures recognizes DLR Group as the #1 Cultural Design Firm; #1 Education Design Firm; #2 Government Design Firm; and #9 Sports Design Firm in its 2019 ranking of global firms.
ARCHITECT Magazine recognized DLR Group as the #1 firm in the United States in 2012, and #28 firm in its 2018 Top 50 list.
Please share a handful of projects that represent the work of DLR Group.
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Modernization
LOS ANGELES, CA
DLR Group is designing a $270-million modernization of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to deliver an enhanced game-day experience for USC fans and the Trojan football program.
The design will maintain the historic coliseum in look, texture, and impression and faithfully restore the iconic peristyle to more closely resemble its original 1923 design. A focal point of the modernization is the insertion of a new suite and press deck into the existing stadium bowl on the south side of the stadium. This will add multiple suites, loge boxes, club seats, press box, and a new concourse. The improvements to the stadium seating and aisles will reduce seating capacity from 93,607 to approximately 77,500.
Joplin High School
Opened in 2014, after the total-destruction of Joplin High School during the devastating 2011 Joplin tornado, DLR Group’s design for the new Joplin High School was a symbol of the community’s healing and return to normalcy.
The design incorporates educational concepts to prepare students for a “Career to College” experience. The center of the school, known as Eagle Alley is where this theory comes to life. A coffee shop, student store, and lease spaces offer business opportunities for student entrepreneurs. Underclassmen can peer into career pathways of interest in technology, broadcasting, sciences, hospitality, culinary arts, automotive sciences, engineering, medical, and construction. Joplin High School is designed to let a student experiment with a career pathway as in-depth as desired in a flexible and collaborative environment. The 475,000 SF high school is designed to accommodate 3,000 students.
New Compton High School
DLR Group’s design for the new Compton High School will transform a worn high school campus into a 21st Century learning environment that elevates education for all Compton students and staff.
The design solution centers around keystone shaped learning suites that support project-based learning, student exploration, and interdepartmental collaboration to forge stronger relationships between students and teachers. The east/west axis, or Memorial Parkway, reflects the importance of community and athletics. An Academic Boulevard defines the north/south axis to create a learning community and organizes career and technical educational (CTE) spaces along its edges with classroom wings above.
The gymnasium and administration building anchors the north quad that in turn faces a Martin Luther King Memorial. At the south end, the performing arts center is a beacon to the community along a prominent city street previously hidden from campus. The Plinth, or ground floor buildings on both sides of the Academic Boulevard, forms the base of the core learning environments. Inside the Plinth, students will participate in programs such as Construction Manufacturing, Graphic Arts, A/V Technology, Communications, Robotics, and Culinary Arts.
Oberlin College Bertram and Judith Kohl Building
This award-winning design houses Oberlin College Conservatory of Music's acclaimed Department of Jazz and its academic programs in music history and music theory.
The third-floor cantilevers in the air between the new and existing buildings, providing an iconic social space/lounge that is the soul and creative hub of the building. Materials were left natural and exposed, allowing the requirements of acoustic isolation to make up the character of the spaces, visually and aurally. The building's brushed aluminum wrapper creates a dramatic responsiveness to changing light conditions, while interiors of polished concrete, integrally colored concrete block, and exposed steel provide durability and mass.
This 37,000 SF, LEED Gold facility is designed to achieve energy performance greater than 40% better than ASHRAE 90.1 baseline. Significant attention was paid to tight integration of acoustic, energy, comfort, and air quality considerations. Sustainability features include: geothermal heating and cooling with radiant panels, energy efficient systems and lighting, a green roof system, storm water run-off collection and filtration, and the use of local, recycled, and sustainably-harvested materials. As an added value, the geothermal radiant system reduced the need for ductwork, thereby mitigating penetrations in floors, ceilings and walls that compromise acoustics.
Pinnacle Bank Arena
Pinnacle Bank Arena is the anchor of a $340 million development adjacent to Lincoln's historic Haymarket District. The arena provides the city—and the entire state of Nebraska—with a top-quality multipurpose venue that provides patrons with an amazing fan experience.
DLR Group's design for the facility takes full advantage of its site by featuring a multi-story glass-fronted lobby that not only gives passers-by a peek at the activity taking place inside on all levels of the building, but also allows patrons inside the facility to look out to the new development, the Haymarket, downtown Lincoln and Nebraska's famed state capitol beyond.
Designed around the ability to host University of Nebraska men's and women's basketball games in the most intense atmosphere possible, the venue also easily accommodates concerts, ice events, and high school state tournaments. 16,000-seat arena features suites, loge boxes, and 900 club seats and a dedicated club lounge located on the main concourse. The upper deck features a unique ‘split-deck' design that allows upper concourse patrons a view to the event floor below. This feature also allows the seats located in the top seating bowl to pull closer to the floor, helping to create an intimidating wall of fans surrounding the event taking place below. DLR Group provided architecture, interiors, and engineering services