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David Manica led the design of this project as an employee of HOK Sport (now Populous)
Toyota Center
Houston, Texas
Designed as part of a larger urban revitalization plan for downtown Houston, Toyota Center provides a crucial link between an expanded convention center, hotel and downtown business/entertainment district.  The 18,500-seat arena was specifically designed to meet the rigorous multi-use programmatic and technical requirements of the NBA, WNBA, NHL (future fitout), the Circus, indoor soccer facilities, and a world class concert facility.  
The spiraling exterior walls of the building, cast in constant curving motion around the fans, step down in elevation toward the street.  The result is a dynamic and active pedestrian experience that reduces the impression of the required 150’ tall building to a more pedestrian-friendly scale.
The Toyota Center welcomed more than 1.5 million fans during its first year alone.  It enjoys some of the most sophisticated and luxurious interior premium spaces of any arena in the country, and remains a benchmark design for multi-use facilities around the world.  The NBA references the building’s design in its current Facility Standards, a document to which all new NBA arena designs must comply.  Because Toyota Center anchors continued downtown development and the successful transition of its neighborhood, it received the Allen Award for Civic Enhancement by Central Houston in 2003.  The arena was also named “Rookie of the Year” by the Harlem Globetrotters in 2004 and was a finalist for Pollstar Magazine’s “Best New Concert Venue” award.

David Manica led the design of this project as an employee of HOK Sport (now Populous)