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According to the St. Louis Business Journal Alberici Constuction has received a contract to head a design team to build our new arena. Property owners in the area bounded by Olive N.Theresa Washington and N.Leonard have been contacted regarding the acquisition of property. This is where many of us have said it was going.

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Alberici Constructors Team Selected to Design and Build Proposed Arena

Preliminary work to begin as fund raising continues

May 19, 2003

ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis University announced today that it has selected a team headed by St. Louis construction firm Alberici Constructors to design and build the University's proposed new arena in Midtown St. Louis.

Alberici will partner with the architectural firm Mackey Mitchell Associates, and sports architectural firm Sink Combs Dethlefs to design and build the 13,000-seat arena. The Alberici team will go forward with site analysis, schematic design, and other preliminary design work to put an actual price on the project that is still contingent on raising an estimated $45 million in private donations.

"We had three very strong firms submit proposals to lead the design and construction of this exciting project for SLU, and it was a difficult decision," said University president Lawrence Biondi, S.J. "One only has to look around the SLU campus to see the outstanding work done by Alberici Constructors, and I am pleased to have them heading the team for this project."

Alberici Constructors has headed a number of large construction projects at SLU, including the expansion of the John and Lucy Cook Hall, the Humanities Building, parking garages and the renovation of Verhaegen Hall.

St. Louis-based Mackey Mitchell Associates is an award-winning architectural firm, which has designed buildings, expansions and renovations on many university campuses, including SLU. The firm designed the plaza at Grand and Lindell, the renovation of the Pere Marquette Gallery in DuBourg Hall, and the renovation of Verhaegen Hall.

The third member of the design/build team is Denver sports architectural consultant Sink Combs Dethlefs. One of the country's leading designers of sports arenas, Sink Combs Dethlefs designed the new Schottenstein Center at Ohio State University, the University of Denver Arena, the SaveMart Event Center at Fresno State University and the San Jose Arena.

The new arena will be located in Midtown St. Louis, within the area bounded by Olive Boulevard, North Theresa Ave., Washington Boulevard, and North Leonard Avenue.

"All of current property owners in that area have been contacted by the University regarding the acquisition of property for the arena," said Kathleen Brady, University vice president for facilities management and civic affairs. "We anticipate the Alberici team will begin a topographical survey of the proposed area for the arena as we then begin to finalize the exact location."

Work will also begin on a design for the arena. After visiting other successful arenas around the country, the Alberici team, in conjunction with University officials, will create the design for the SLU arena.

"I know our students, faculty and staff, along with the entire St. Louis community, are excited to see the design for our arena," Biondi said. "I believe that once everyone can see what the building will look like, it will also assist us in the fund-raising effort for the arena.

The University's board of trustees in February approved the construction of the arena contingent upon raising an estimated $45 million in private donations. The arena is projected to cost an estimated $70 million. Michael F. Shanahan, Sr., chairman and CEO of Engineered Support Systems, Inc. and SLU trustee emeritus, is leading the fundraising effort for the project.

The new 13,000 thousand seat arena will serve as a true multi-purpose campus events center, hosting a myriad of SLU events, including men's and women's basketball, commencement, cultural events, conferences and conventions. The SLU arena will also provide a mid-sized venue for concerts, family shows, sporting competitions and other events in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

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