Bryan Trubey, FAIA, director of HKS’ sports and entertainment division (learn more in the March/April 2016 issue of Texas Architect) and a group of graduate students from the Texas A&M University College of Architecture are working with Mark Cuban to design a new practice facility for his team, the Dallas Mavericks. Cuban hopes to build the facility within the next two years at an as yet undetermined site in Dallas. In the meantime, the students are presenting their ideas, which will not be built, as an exercise in learning to work on high profile projects with high profile clients.
Trubey is currently serving as the Thomas A. Bullock Endowed Chair in Leadership and Innovation at the university and has been involved with student design studios this spring. He is known for designing sports stadiums, including the AT&T Stadium in Dallas. One of Trubey’s objectives when taking on the chair was to provide students with “experiences they might remember for a lifetime,” says Professor Michael O’Brien. His students are one of four design studios participating in the project. Each studio is approaching the brief from a different site in Dallas.
The project will include a team store, cafe, museum, great lawn, and theater, as well as practice space. The complex is also intended to house offices for the team’s administrative department and technology startups, serving as an incubator of sorts. The intention is to promote the flow of information and education between the team and the employees in the offices. Cuban expects the facility to be constructed within the next few years. He is dedicated to developing downtown Dallas, where the facility will be located. Currently, the Mavericks practice in the basement of the American Airlines Center arena.
When students first presented their projects to Trubey and Cuban, Cuban’s response revealed some of what he expects from the building. O’Brien describes his questions as relating to “what convergence of health, architecture, technology, and business would spark a revolution in personal performance, public health, or player longevity.” While student designs will not actually be constructed, the process is a way for them to get experience working on a project of this scale.
As for Cuban himself, an oft-intimidating figure on the television series Shark Tank, he responded to the students thoughtfully and politely, providing valuable insight into the client perspective. When presented with posters, he noted, “If you can Google it and print it on a poster, what value have you added to the information?” This kind of hands-on feedback will certainly provide the unforgettable experience Trubey seeks for his students.
The studios will work on the proposals for the full semester and present them to Cuban and Trubey at HKS in early May.