Pauley Pavilion is a UCLA landmark with a storied past. Constructed in the 1960’s, the Los Angeles arena is a former home to legendary basketball coach John Wooden, who led the UCLA Bruins to ten national titles between 1964 and 1975. It has served as a venue for presidential debates, Olympic gymnastics, and music video awards.
The spectacular, newly-renovated interior of Pauley
Pauley Pavilion post renovations by PCL.
A groundbreaking ceremony on May 11, 2010, signaled the start of the transformation of one of the nation’s most famous athletic facilities. At the event, Dan Guerrero, director of athletics, said, “Our entire UCLA team is excited to begin this project with PCL, who will work with us to create a showcase facility for our student-athletes and the entire University.”
A PHASED APPROACH
The first phase of construction concentrated on the north-side addition and structural work on the exterior of the facility. During this time daily intramurals, team practices, and facility office use continued, and eighty major sporting events took place. Four entrances and exits remained open, a number that increased to twelve for major events. Construction was scheduled around the events, and reconfigurable fences and temporary walk platforms provided access to entrances when needed. At the end of the 2012 basketball season, the focus shifted to interior renovations. All programs that were to be held in the venue during the building closure in 2011-12 moved to alternative sites until project completion.
VIRTUAL CONSTRUCTION PINPOINTS VARIANCES
Once the PCL project team was able to take over the entire arena, further investigation showed that certain elements of the existing building were in conflict with the as-built documents—creating an additional challenge. UCLA and PCL together decided to do a laser scan of the arena to ensure uniformity of the building to the plans. The scan took four weeks to complete and produced a precise “point cloud” image of the structure made up of 3D coordinates. Importing the point cloud into Building Information Modeling and identifying differences between the as-built design and the new design allowed the team to identify and resolve many potential problems even before construction began.
Careful planning and attention to detail, combined with virtual construction methods, kept the project on schedule. Pauley Pavilion reopened its doors in the fall of 2012.