Singley Graduate Makes Local Mark

new Rangers Ballpark

Margarita Aguirre designing new Rangers ballpark

An Irving ISD graduate who worked part-time at AT&T Stadium, Globe Life Park, and the American Airlines Center to help put herself through graduate school at UT-Arlington is seeing her career come full circle as she serves as one of the project managers helping to design the Rangers’ new $1 billion stadium, Globe Life Field, which will open next year.

Three years after becoming a full-time architectural designer for HKS, the firm designing the building, Aguirre still has trouble believing that this dream come true is actually reality, as HKS reports in a human interest piece posted to their HKS Stories website recently.

“Every time I tell my story, or someone else tells it, it just seems so surreal,” Aguirre told HKS Stories. “When I think about it, I just want to pinch myself. My aunt [Mayra Ramirez, who passed away during Margarita’s last semester of graduate school] had been a force for me. She would tell me that when she graduated, she was the only female in her architecture class. She lost count of how many times she quit and just went home because it was that tough. And her professors would call her and tell her ‘you have what it takes, you can do this.’ And obviously she did it. I’m a persistent person, I have my goal, and I’m going to get it somehow.”

HKS says that although Aguirre is still working as an usher at Globe Life Park, she’ll enjoy Globe Life Field initially as a fan, as she plans to host her parents, grandmother, and younger brother for a game as a show of appreciation for their support. And just after the stadium opens, she plans to get married in front of hundreds of relatives and friends.

“I truly believe this is where I was destined to be,” she said. 

COURTESY: HKS Stories/HKSinc.com, IrvingISD.net

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