Warriors announce San Francisco arena's architecture team 

click to enlarge AECOM has a lot of experience designing sports facilities. They will be working with design firm Snohetta on the Warrior's arena. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • AECOM has a lot of experience designing sports facilities. They will be working with design firm Snohetta on the Warrior's arena.

The Golden State Warriors on Sunday announced the architecture team chosen to design a new sports and entertainment complex in San Francisco for the team. The team is now in the final stage of negotiating an agreement with the multi-national collaborative Snohetta and the Fortune 500 firm AECOM, officials said.

Snohetta has worked on projects including the SFMOMA expansion, the redesign of Times Square in New York City, the new National Opera in Oslo and the new Museum at the World Trade Center site. AECOM has experience designing sports facilities, team officials said.

"We want to build a venue that is not only innovative by today or tomorrow's standards, but that will stand the test of time and befits the importance of the location," said Peter Guber, co-executive chairman of the Warriors. "Great cities have great buildings in great locations."

"San Francisco is a great city."

The Warriors, who have a lease at Oracle Arena in Oakland through 2017, announced in May that the team plans to move across the Bay to San Francisco and has proposed to build an arena that would host not just basketball games, but also major concerts and conventions.

The proposal would call on the Warriors to pay roughly $100 million to renovate Piers 30-32 prior to construction of the arena. The city is currently working with the team on the details of the project, which will be presented to the Board of Supervisors next month in a transaction term sheet. An environmental impact report would then be developed for the project and presented to the city's Planning Commission some time in 2013.

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