Texas Tech University, Jones SBC West Stadium Building

Lubbock, Texas

The Jones SBC West Stadium Building expansion and renovation provided Texas Tech with an opportunity to build a modern sports facility. The outdated press box was replaced with expanded media and broadcast facilities, and a club level and luxury suites were added. An added challenge was to design within the Spanish Renaissance architectural style, as mandated by the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$257.00FEATURED IN2004 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYPhysical-Education Facilities/Recreation Centers Tech master plan.

From the exterior into the interior, the architect emphatically carried through Spanish Renaissance details such as wood beams, raised panel doors, iron railing and tumbled stone. Even the furniture expressed Spanish Renaissance in its detail, scale and materials. Making this structure reflect the traditional, formal Spanish Renaissance style while creating an atmosphere conducive to game-day college football was a challenge. Special features that help create this spirited atmosphere include the use of double Ts (Texas Tech logo) in custom-designed carpet, embroidered club seat end panels, etched-in wood furnishings, and custom-cast bronze pulls on millwork.

The project’s construction manager met challenges such as cantilevering the suite and press levels over the club level to provide protection for the outdoor club seats, as well as unobstructed and unparalleled views of the playing field. Originally designed to be a precast structure, the stonework’s intricate detail sparked the need to change the skin from precast to brick and stone during mid-construction.

Towering 150 feet over the campus, the Jones SBC West Stadium Building serves as an icon for the campus and radiates the Spanish Renaissance heritage of Texas Tech University.