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Oakland A’s hire big hitters for ballpark design

The Oakland Athletics have hired four world-class design firms – Sasaki, Snøhetta, Studio T-Square, and HOK – to lead the design process for the club’s new Oakland ballpark at the Peralta site.

Sasaki, Snøhetta, and Oakland-based Studio T-Square will lead master planning and urban design efforts, and will assist the A’s in a robust community engagement process.

HOK and Snøhetta will collaborate on design of the new ballpark and its interface with the master plan.

Oakland A’s President Dave Kaval said:

Our goal is to create the best ballpark experience for our fans, players, and community. It is critical for our ballpark to truly integrate into the fabric of Oakland.

All of the firms are industry leaders and have reputations for leading award-winning transformative and cutting-edge projects. We look forward to working with them to develop a project that works for our entire community.

James Miner, AICP, Sasaki principal in charge on the project said:

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the A’s, the City of Oakland, and its residents to create a vibrant, urban ballpark district. The ballpark itself is just one part of the puzzle – we’re also eager to find ways for this investment to catalyse other opportunities that support the goals of the existing community, in a way that is totally unique and authentic to Oakland.

A key component to making this project a success will be an active and meaningful engagement with A’s fans as well as with the broad and incredibly diverse community of Oakland. We want the ballpark to be a great place not only for baseball, but also for the community and the environment.

Craig Dykers, Snøhetta partner-in-charge added:

With its new home closer to downtown Oakland, the project will re-invigorate the relationship between the A’s and the city as a new kind of ballpark that acts as a centre for sport, wellness and culture. We look forward to working with the team and the residents of Oakland to create a vision that will not only continue the rich legacy of the A’s, but also strengthen communities, foster healthy habitat, and build a vibrant new cultural heart for the city.

Brad Schrock, AIA, regional leader of Sports + Recreation + Entertainment at HOK said:

The new ballpark is a transformational opportunity for the city of Oakland and the A’s to create an architectural icon and completely reimagine the fan experience. We’re looking forward to collaborating with the A’s and our design partners to create an imaginative, amenity-rich and enduring community asset.