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Algen Williams joins HOK as a new leader of Sports + Recreation + Entertainment

Algen Williams has joined HOK as a Vice President and regional leader of the Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice based in Kansas City. He joins HOK from Populous, where he was an Associate Principal and co-leader of the firm’s collegiate practice.

Williams’ client-focused approach to the design of successful sports venues is based on his first-hand experience as a former football student-athlete at the University of Kansas, where he graduated from the School of Architecture.

Nate Appleman, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Vice President and Director of HOK’s global Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice, said:

Algen’s 15 years of experience managing a wide range of projects, combined with his passion for innovative sports facility design, will be tremendous assets to our clients. He shares our passion for advancing the way fans and athletes experience sports and entertainment venues.

Williams said:

HOK is made up of collaborators and innovators who have a long history of challenging the status quo to create memorable experiences for fans and athletes. The firm’s rich portfolio of work shows how deeply they understand the role of sports and entertainment facilities in serving as anchors for thriving communities.

Before joining HOK, Williams’ project experience has included renovations to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida; the University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium Renovation Master Plan in Knoxville, Tennessee; Colorado State University’s new multipurpose stadium in Fort Collins, Colorado; athletic master plans for the University of Florida in Gainesville and Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia; the University of Missouri’s East Side Memorial Stadium expansion in Columbia, Missouri; and the University of South Florida’s Sun Dome Arena renovations in Tampa, Florida.

HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice has expertise in the design of arenas, stadiums, ballparks, training facilities and recreation centres. The Group plans and designs world-class sports complexes that are the centerpieces of successful, vibrant entertainment districts. Current and recent projects include Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta; Little Caesars Arena in Detroit; Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta; Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama; the AT&T Center renovation in San Antonio, Texas; FC Barcelona’s New Palau Blaugrana in Barcelona, Spain; Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California; the renovation of the Dolphins’ Stadium in Miami; and Shell Place in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 24 offices worldwide, the Practice provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.


HOK is a sponsor for our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 event, with the Practice’s VP of Global Sport Development, Chris Lamberth, and Director of Sports + Recreation + Entertainment, John Rhodes, two of the 50+ industry elite speakers participating in conference sessions.


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