Month: May 2017

Joe Dyer, AIA, Associate, Reaches Tenure with Sink Combs Dethlefs

Denny Sanford Premier Center

Joe Dyer Headshot

Congratulations to Joe Dyer on his 10-year Anniversary at Sink Combs Dethlefs!

Joe has accumulated a long list of accomplishments since joining the firm in 2007. He was named an associate of the firm in 2015. Thank you for everything that you have done and we hope to keep you for another 10 years! Joe is currently keeping busy with the renovations at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

“Joe Dyer is one of the best construction administration professionals that I have ever worked with. His knowledge of the construction documents, attention to details and tenacity while negotiating fair pricing on change orders is exceptional. His knowledge combined with his congenial personality makes him a very strong team member.”   -Dick Strassburg, Partner, TEGRA Group on Joe Dyer’s performance at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.

2017 IIDA Rocky Mountain Chapter Pret-A-Porter

Sink Combs Dethlefs came home with an award for “Best Use of Hard Materials” in our debut appearance at the annual IIDA RMC Pret-A-Porter fashion show.

The theme for this year’s Pret-A-Porter was “Haute (and Hat) Couture”. Haute couture is French for “high fashion” or “high sewing” which basically describes high-end fashion that is constructed by hand, from start to finish.

We were asked to submit our 3-word team name early in the submittal process. Naturally, the design team drew inspiration from our own architectural expertise…arenas. We coined ourselves “In The Arena”. After a few weeks of brainstorming and design sketches, we landed on a Modern Interpretation of a female gladiator, drawing inspiration from contemporary sports apparel. The finished product is both powerful and beautiful.

Our team was fortunate enough to get paired with Koroseal Interior Products. Koroseal is a leading commercial interior products company that specializes in wallcoverings, presentation surfaces, wall protection systems, digital printing and much more. We would like to extend a big thank you to Koroseal and their Territory Manager, Burton, for supporting us with plenty of samples and special-order products which allowed us to create our award-winning outfit.

As you can see in the picture below, we made a good first impression at the fashion show.

Good job team!

Press Release: Major Renovation To UD Arena Will Benefit Fan Experience

University of Dayton Arena Renovation

DAYTON – The University of Dayton is embarking on a $72 million renovation of its arena. The transformation of University of Dayton Arena will occur in three phases – from 2017 to 2019.

The environmentally conscious project has been approved by the University’s Board of Trustees and will be privately funded through philanthropy, corporate sponsorships, external private and business partnerships, ticket revenue and general university support. Gifts from lead donors are enabling the construction to begin now while fundraising continues.

“This is not just a renovation; it’s a transformational project,” said UD Vice President/Director of Athletics Neil Sullivan. “UD Arena will turn 50 years old in 2019. For it to serve the community and as the home for Flyers basketball – as well as NCAA Tournament games – for the next several decades, it requires a bold, significant upgrade.

“The soul of the arena will be maintained for all the reasons you have always enjoyed its at-home atmosphere,” added Sullivan. “Yet at the same time it will feel like a new arena when construction ends in the fall of 2019.”

This critically important project will result in a state-of-the-art facility. The end results of the renovation will greatly enhance the fan and student-athlete experiences and dramatically improve the infrastructure while maintaining the current seating capacity.

The Arena is an iconic community resource with an economic impact of upwards of $10 million annually. In addition to Flyer men’s and women’s basketball games, high school tournament games and the NCAA First Four, it is used for competitions such as the Winter Guard International World Championships, entertainment events, large-scale educational seminars and as a staging area for community projects.

The Arena is the cornerstone in every UD students’ time as a Flyer – it’s the first University building they see as they exit Interstate 75 when they come to campus for the first time. And it’s the building in which they receive their diplomas when they graduate.

“UD Arena is special to the University community for far more than just basketball. The transformed arena will enhance those special events that mark important milestones in our students’ lives,” said UD President Eric F. Spina. “It’s where first-year students gather and pray with their families as they begin their UD journey and where, four years later, they celebrate their graduation.”

While there will be some modest disruption, it will not interrupt any basketball season, and all home games will be played at UD Arena. Dayton will also host the NCAA First Four through at least 2022.

“This signals a continued investment in our basketball programs and another step toward continuing to position Flyer basketball teams on a national level,” said Sullivan.  “(Former UD Director of Athletics) Tom Frericks’ vision took us from a facility most schools, back then, would have been happy to call their own, to one of the best basketball venues in the country. Much like he did 50 years ago, we are preserving our tradition while looking to the future.

“This was a thoughtful and inclusive process that we took very seriously,” added Sullivan. “We studied a multitude of options and identified the most fiscally responsible plan. We surveyed our fans, season-ticket holders and donors. We talked to people in the community and on campus. We consulted with industry leaders and experts.”

Sometime during the renovation, Flyer fan No. 10 million will pass through the turnstiles. A total of 9,688,443 fans have attended 812 University of Dayton men’s basketball games since the Arena first opened on December 6, 1969. Dayton defeated Bowling Green 72-70 on that date, the first of 609 Arena wins. The Arena has also been the site of 117 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament games, 34 more than any other tournament host.

The project’s architectural firm of record is Hastings & Chivetta Architects Inc. based out of St. Louis. Hastings & Chivetta were also the architects for the University’s RecPlex and the Helix Innovation Center. The design architects are Sink Combs Dethlefs, an industry leader in sports renovation projects with offices in Chicago. The original building contractor, Danis, is also the contractor for the renovation. Danis’ Dayton headquarters are less than 10 miles from UD Arena.

For more information, please visit, where you’ll find:

  • Photos/renderings
  • Details of the plans for UD Arena
  • Details of the revised seating and ticket price structure
  • Answers to frequently asked questions
  • Virtual video walk through of the proposed transformed UD Arena


SCD Project Page: Dayton Arena

Recreation-Senior Center & Memory Square Pool Expansion Presentation on May 4th, 2017

Louisville Rec Center Rendering Southwest

The Louisville Recreation-Senior Center & Memory Square Pool Expansion is progressing smoothly through design development.

The project team made their second public presentation to the City of Louisville with updates on design, timelines and sustainability measures on May 4th, 2017.

Please click on the link below to view the PowerPoint presentation.

May 4th Project Update PowerPoint


Apex Tennis Center Groundbreaking Ceremony on May 12th, 2017

Arvada Tennis Aerial

Apex Park & Recreation District is having a groundbreaking ceremony for the Apex Tennis Center on Friday, May 12th, 2017 @ 9:00 am.

The Apex Tennis Center will be renovating the eight outdoor courts with post tension surfaces, adding new lights and fences, and adding four new indoor courts and controlled access to all areas of the Arvada Tennis Center.

The groundbreaking ceremony is open to the public and will be a great opportunity to meet the team behind the design and construction of the Tennis Center project.

6430 Miller Street, Arvada CO

Arvada Tennis Aerial