Glendale officials have selected the firm that designed Dodger Stadium and the Atlantic City Convention Center to renovate and expand the 51-year-old Glendale Civic Auditorium, declared a historical monument because of its role in the community.
Nello Iacono, director of parks, recreation and community services, said a panel of city and community leaders last week agreed to hire URS Consultants of Long Beach to oversee the four-year, $9.5-million project. The agreement still requires final approval by the City Council, expected in about a month.
The firm's past projects also include the Jacob J. Javitz Convention Center in New York and the recently completed $28-million restoration of the Cleveland Convention Center, said Praful Kulkarni, managing principal. The Cleveland project served as a case study for the Glendale Civic, Kulkarni said.
Glendale officials had long debated over what to do with the auditorium, a cavernous building at Verdugo Road and Mountain Street that has steadily deteriorated. The building has been the home of high school dances, weddings, antique shows and beauty pageants.