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University of Texas

Multiple Athletic Facility Upgrades

the backstory

Heery Design, a SLAM Studio, has a long-standing relationship of athletic enhancements at the University of Texas. The design team has successfully delivered 36 projects to date, including complex, multi-phased projects at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium, Erwin Center and Cooley Pavilion, Myer’s Soccer Stadium, the Volleyball Development Center, and the Indoor Football Practice Facility.


New Construction & Renovation Projects
Programming & Planning
Austin, TX
Completion Date Varies by Project
1,000,000 SF (multiple projects)

The design team was engaged by the University of Texas to establish a new benchmark for stadium excellence through increasing the capacity of the stadium from 75,000 seats to 115,000, enhancing player amenities to help with recruitment and retention, and expanding fan amenities, high-end suites, and club seats to help generate revenue.


The major design components of the athletics expansion and renovation projects have touched and enhanced every part of the stadium, from seating, suites and high-end locker rooms to team and practice facilities, food courts, and more. 


Expansion of the west grandstand included the addition of new suites that were retrofitted beneath the overhang of the upper grandstand.


Expansion of the east grandstand had multiple facets. 5,100 new seats and 52 luxury suites, converted bench seats to 1,200 club chair seats, brought online a club lounge and grill with full-service kitchen.


Expansion and renovation of the Moncrief-Neuhaus Field House was a two-phase project involving UT’s existing team facilities building in the south end zone.


The 10-level expansion of the north end zone includes 22,000 new bench seats, 47 suites, a 2,500-person club, and a year-round food court.


Multiple Projects Include


2016 IIDA Georgia bob Award of Merit, Volleyball Development Center


2016 ASID Design Excellence, Volleyball Development Center


2013 ASID Georgia Gold Design Excellence Award, Level 7 Renovation


2012 HUB Award, Stadium Suites


2011 ASID Georgia Gold Design Excellence Award, Stadium Suites


2009 Texas Construction Magazine, Best of 2009, NEZ


“One significant factor in our positive experience with SLAM’s design team has been the ability of their staff and ours to effectively communicate which in turn allows everyone to work well together.  SLAM does an excellent job of listening to our ideas and needs; thoroughly exploring and explaining all options; and translating those into masterful construction projects.”

Jim Baker
Former Associate Athletic Director, University of Texas

Project Contacts

Gordon Smith, AIA
Project Designer
404 443.9127

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