STAPLES Center is the home of the Kings NHL hockey team, both the Lakers and Clippers NBA basketball teams, and the WNBA’s Sparks women’s professional basketball team. The NBA basketball and hockey teams play in overlapping schedules, making this the first venue to host three simultaneous professional sports seasons. The overall building floor area is 960,000 square feet, including new team offices for the Kings and Lakers, extensive broadcast production facilities, three restaurants and a private club (including outdoor terrace dining), team merchandise store, separate home locker rooms for each tenant, visitors’ locker rooms for each sport, large media workrooms, 160 private suites, eight party suites, large-capacity catering kitchen and concession facilities, and a cigar lounge.
An originally planned 24-month schedule was reduced to 18 months. In addition, many major design decisions remained unresolved at the start of construction. In order to meet the challenges of complicated geometry, incomplete design, and an aggressive construction schedule, a composite precast/cast-in-place structural system was selected. This system allowed for large simultaneous concrete operations both onsite and off-site. PCL worked with the structural engineer to find a design that could deliver on the aggressive schedule requirements and meet stringent Southern California seismic requirements.