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Sink Combs Dethlefs architects announce the addition of two new Associate Principals

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Sink Combs Dethlefs, a nationally-recognised architectural firm headquartered in Denver, USA, has announced the promotion of two long-time employees, Lindsey Peckinpaugh and Lee Sterrett, to Associate Principal. Lindsey and Lee have 15 and 18 years with the firm respectively. They were both actively involved in one of the largest and most successful projects ever completed by Sink Combs Dethlefs, the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The project includes a 10,000-seat arena and a hotel, which are part of a one million square foot mixed used development.

Lindsey Peckinpaugh’s technical ability and attention to detail make her outstanding at managing complex sports facility projects. During her tenure with Sink Combs Dethlefs, Lindsey has managed a variety of sports projects throughout the country. In addition to the PPL Center, some of her other notable projects include the 6,000-seat Independence Events Center in Independence, Missouri; and the new 70,000sqft West Chicago ARC (Athletics, Recreation, Community) Center. In 2008, Lindsey successfully undertook the challenge of opening and growing Sink Combs Dethlefs’ Chicago office, for which she leads the management and business development efforts. Lindsey graduated with honours from Ball State University, receiving Bachelors in both Architecture and Environmental Design.

During his almost two decades with Sink Combs Dethlefs, Lee Sterrett has completed more than 25 sports and recreation projects, ranging from collegiate athletic facilities to multipurpose arenas. Lee’s remarkable team management skills were a key factor in the success of the PPL Center project in Allentown, Pennsylvania and his involvement in sports projects include many award winning and LEED certified facilities. He played a vital role in the highly successful University of New Mexico PIT Arena Renovation, which transformed the venue into a modern arena while maintaining the intimidating and intimate setting. He also led the development of the recently completed 115,000sqft NFL Denver Broncos Indoor Practice Facility. Currently, Lee is managing the renovation of the Portland State University Stott Center in Oregon. Lee graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor in Architecture.

Sink Combs Dethlefs has a long standing reputation for excellence and innovation with an emphasis in sports facility design. The firm, established in 1962, is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, with offices in Chicago, Ann Arbor and Los Angeles. Current projects include: Target Center Renovations, Portland State Stott Center Renovation and Viking Pavilion, the Town of Parker Recreation Center Renovation and the University of Michigan Athletic South Competition and Performance Project.


Image of PPL Center, courtesy Sink Combs Dethlefs.

Populous and PS&AM magazine to explore what will shape the venues of the future

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PanStadia & Arena Management (PS&AM) magazine, in partnership with global design practice Populous, are delighted to announce a year-long project to explore the future of sports and entertainment venues.

The experiences that draw people together have been at the heart of Populous’ 32–year history and form the starting point for the ‘Tomorrow’s Together’ project.

As they think about what will shape the venues of the future, three leading Populous designers – Chris Paterson (Australia), Greg Sherlock (USA) and Paul Shakespeare (UK) – start by asking themselves two questions:

What has the potential to reshape the way we design sports and entertainment venues?

Which trends are having the greatest impact by region?

To read more about the project team, and to watch a video about the early stages of the project, click here

You can read the project introduction in the 1st quarter (Spring) 2015 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine, available here 

The results of the project will be unveiled at the second edition of PanStadia & Arena Management’s live event, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, taking place at the Singapore Sports Hub this September, 28-30, with updates in each 2015 issue of the magazine.

HOK completes acquisition of 360 Architecture

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HOK announced earlier this week that it has completed the acquisition of Kansas City-based 360 Architecture, a 200-person firm that is a leader in the design of sports, recreation, wellness, entertainment and mixed-use facilities.

The completion of this transaction provides immediate benefits to both firms’ clients through the creation of HOK’s new global Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice and expanded capabilities in Kansas City, Columbus and San Francisco.

Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA, HOK’s chairman and CEO said:

We acquired 360 because we consider them the world’s most innovative designers of stadiums, ballparks, arenas, recreation and wellness centers, and mixed-use entertainment districts. This partnership also enables us to provide design services to all types of clients through new HOK offices in Kansas City and Columbus. It’s a transformative acquisition that will bring significant benefits to our clients and people.

HOK’s new Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice will draw on the firm’s expertise in other markets including Aviation + Transportation, Civic + Cultural, Commercial, Corporate, Education, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Justice, Residential, Retail, Science + Technology and Tall Buildings to provide clients with highly integrated solutions.

Brad Schrock, AIA, a former 360 Architecture principal and a new director of HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice, said:

We’re thrilled about leveraging HOK’s worldwide network to expand our sports, recreation and entertainment design practice while offering our clients design leadership in many other markets.

John Rhodes, a director of Sports + Recreation + Entertainment for HOK in London, added:

This acquisition gives our London team immediate access to the world’s most innovative sports, recreation and entertainment designers. We’re tremendously excited about bringing our combined creativity and expertise to our clients.

HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice designs mixed-use entertainment districts anchored by sporting venues that promote urban revitalization. As a game changer for cities, this approach is attractive to developers, municipal leaders and other civic-minded stakeholders. One of the group’s best-known projects is the Nationwide Arena District, which helped transform downtown Columbus by catalyzing approximately US$1bn in development around the Nationwide Arena. The team also participated on the design of the Sprint Center and its neighbouring eight-block, mixed-use Kansas City Power and Light District, as well as on Edmonton’s new Rogers Place arena, which will open in 2016 and anchor the Edmonton Arena District that is expected to transform that city’s downtown into a vibrant, dynamic community.

HOK President Bill Hellmuth, AIA commented:

At the heart of our practice is a desire to help create thriving cities and regions. With stadia and arenas hosting more entertainment events, they can act as catalysts to invigorate urban districts or to attract people to a region. These venues need to be integrated with neighborhood facilities including hospitality, retail, residential and office space. With the addition of 360’s team, HOK is one of a handful of firms in the world that can bring highly specialized design leaders in each of these areas to create truly integrated solutions.

Teams from both firms have been working on integration plans since announcing the agreement on August 19, 2014. “We have been focused on ensuring a seamless transition for 360’s people and clients,” said Hellmuth. “This process has confirmed the strong cultural fit between our firms. We both have a passion for design excellence and helping clients succeed.”

HOK’s re-entry into the Sports + Recreation + Entertainment market in 2015 coincides with the celebration of its 60th anniversary. After starting HOK Sport in 1983, the firm became a pioneer in redefining sports facilities and the fan experience. HOK spun off its sports practice in 2008. 360 Architecture was founded in Kansas City in 2004 through a merger of CDFM2 Architecture Inc. and Heinlein Schrock Stearns.

In addition to Schrock, directors of HOK’s global Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice are former 360 Architecture leaders Nate Appleman, AIA, LEED AP, and James Braam, AIA, LEED AP, in Kansas City, and John Rhodes, who joined HOK in early 2014 and is in the London office. Based in Los Angeles, Christopher Lamberth is the director of business development for HOK’s new Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice.

With the finalization of this merger, HOK’s global Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice is participating on design teams for the Dubai Expo 2020 host venue in the United Arab Emirates; a retractable-roof, multipurpose stadium in Atlanta, which will be home to the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons and a Major League Soccer expansion team; the proposed St. Louis NFL Stadium on the North Riverfront area of downtown St. Louis; the renovation of Sun Life Stadium for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins; the Rogers Place arena for the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers in Edmonton, Alberta; the AT&T Center renovation for the National Basketball Association’s San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio; the design of Cisco Field, a proposed new ballpark for Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics in San Jose, California; a new stadium for MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes; and the redevelopment of Fort Regent on Jersey, the largest of England’s Channel Islands, into a leisure and entertainment venue.


HOK is participating in such projects as the renovation and expansion of MSU’s Davis Wade Stadium (above), as well as on a new stadium for the San Jose Earthquakes (below).

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In the higher education sector, HOK is playing a major role in the design of buildings that promote collegiate athletics, recreation and wellness and an overall healthy student lifestyle. Current and recent projects include Notre Dame University’s Campus Crossroads project in South Bend, Indiana, the Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center at the University of Portland in Oregon, and the renovation and expansion of Mississippi State University’s Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi. The firm recently completed the design of recreation and wellness centers at Auburn University’s main campus in Auburn and at its campus in Montgomery, Alabama. In addition, HOK is involved in creating athletic facility master plans for the University of Missouri and the University of North Carolina.

Past projects in which 360 Architecture has played a significant role include MetLife Stadium, site of the 2014 Super Bowl and home to the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets in East Rutherford, New Jersey; Basrah Sports City in Iraq, which includes a 65,000-seat stadium; American Airlines Arena in Miami; and the renovations of the University of Washington Husky Stadium in Seattle and Southern Methodist University’s Moody Coliseum in Dallas.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 25 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. For five consecutive years, DesignIntelligence has ranked HOK as a leader in sustainable and high-performance design.

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Vive la difference at new Jean Bouin stadium

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Stade Francais rugby club will play its first games at the new 20,000 capacity Jean Bouin stadium on 30 August versus Biarritz and on 8 September against ASM Clemont Auvergne. The first game will be under lights and broadcast live.

The stadium is stunningly different from its earlier incarnation due to a radical design by Grand Prix National d’Architecture 2006 winner architect Rudy Ricciotti. Pictures courtesy Agence Rudy Ricciotti.


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IAKS awards and Congress

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IAKS reports that the Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals organised by the IOC, IPC and IAKS has met with a good response. By the closing date of 30 April, students from all over the world, some of them collectively, submitted entries for the architecture award and the associated prize money. Most of the extremely creative designs came from Russia and Asia and presented projects concerned with sport in the urban environment.

The jury session is taking place 8-10 July in Cologne. The Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals will be presented during the 23rd IAKS Congress on 22 October 2013 in Cologne.

Experts from all over the world will be discussing the latest trends and best practices in sports facility construction at the 23rd IAKS Congress from the 22-25 October 2013 in Cologne, alongside the FSB exhibition.

IAKS is calling for papers on ‘future orientated topics regarding design, construction, modernisation or management of sports and leisure facilities’. Closing date is 1 July 2013.

World’s biggest transparent roof for Minnesota Vikings

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The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA), the Minnesota Vikings and HKS Sports & Entertainment Group have together unveiled the design of the State’s new multipurpose stadium. The design package will now be submitted to the Minneapolis Stadium Implementation Committee and the City of Minneapolis for review. Michele Kelm‐Helgen, Chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, said:

We wanted a design that encourages a connection into the neighbourhoods, that will spur economic development and that will act as a destination rather than a barrier. The design, the amount of glass and light and the transparency makes this an iconic building that will attract a Super Bowl, NCAA basketball and baseball tournaments, world class concerts and other great events. The benefits to the state’s economy will be incredible.

Architect HKS has designed the largest transparent roof in the world to overcome climate challenges while providing an outdoor feel. With ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) on the roof’s southern half, fans will feel as if they are sitting outside without being exposed to the elements. Sustainable characteristics will be utilised to produce lower operating costs in winter and summer. HKS said that the stadium’s sloped roof will be the most efficient roof structure in the USA, even considering the snow‐loading requirements with Minnesota’s climate. Heating technology is reported to be involved.

The final design departs from earlier concept designs which showed a rounder shape and is more obviously by the designers of Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys stadiums. The roof is fixed but the end doors open.

Groundbreaking for the 65,000‐seat stadium will take place in October 2013, and demolition of the Metrodome will begin early in 2014. The new stadium is scheduled to be open in time for the Vikings 2016 season.

Bryan Trubey, Design Principal, HKS Sports & Entertainment Group, said:

The design reflects the true story of the Minnesota community with its international style driven by climatic response and energy conservation. The interior volume makes it the most versatile, multi‐use building in the country with the most advanced digital age technology.

Vikings Owner/Chairman Zygi Wilf added:

Vikings fans will be closer to the action than any stadium in the country. The combination of operable end walls with a clear roof and large windows throughout the facility will give fans the opportunity to experience the best of both worlds: an outdoor feel with protection from the elements.

John Wood, Senior Vice President at Mortenson Construction, the stadium builder, said:

We look forward to bringing this wonderful design to life and beginning construction in a few short months.


The Vikings stadium will have the biggest transparent roof in the world.


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