Project of the Year
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

Viewed from the air, this sports area that serves as the home of the Dallas Stars hockey team and Dallas Mavericks basketball team looks like the mighty coliseum that it is. Head-on the facility suggests an elaborate airline hangar worthy of a royal fleet. Close up the ornamentation of the arches, balconies, soffits, and pilasters elicits nostalgia for a bygone era.

Entries on all 4 sides of the area feature expansive brick "signature" arches that are 5 stories high by 115 feet wide. The exterior uses 158,000 square feet of masonry.