The Los Angeles Coliseum Undergoes a Monumental Renovation
Every generation that has taken its hand at renovating the 18-acre Los Angeles Coliseum has been met with the same monumental challenge: to update every one of its essential features with a successful collaboration between architects, building engineers, and sound engineers. The recent renovation of the 96-year-old building, completed this year to the tune of $315 million, is the most comprehensive yet. The greatest challenge for DLR Group was to position a new seven-story tower within the iconic bowl structure while respecting strict historic preservation guidelines.
The L.A. Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles by DLR Group. Rendering © DLR Group.
The new building, named the Scholarship Tower, modernizes the Coliseum with features that have its VIP guests in mind. The insertion of the Scholarship Tower into the cast-in-place concrete structure required the study of a detailed computer model, which allowed the team to develop a unique brace system for each of the tower’s seven floors. In the event of an earthquake, the Tower would sway independently of the concrete structure which surrounds it.