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Waggoner Moves to Consulting Role at HOK

Tom Waggoner has had a 38-year career for firms such as Ellerbe Becket, 360 Architecture and HOK. (Courtesy Tom Waggoner) Two veteran sports designers laid off because of pandemic The pandemic has again affected sports: Tom Waggoner and Tracy Stearns, two senior principals at HOK and among the most experienced sports architects in the Kansas City design community, have been laid off, company officials confirmed.  The moves came about a month ago and were among about 15 total layoffs at HOK, according to Waggoner. Both architects were senior vice presidents. As part of their separation agreements, they will serve as consultants for the company to help maintain relationships with clients, company officials said. Waggoner and Stearns were part of the old 360 Architecture acquired by HOK in 2015 after HOK returned to developing sports venues. The move came after the expiration of a noncompete clause that kept HOK from working […]

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Designers Discuss Post-Coronavirus Changes

Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford, Conn., is fitted with touchless systems that can help prevent the spread of viruses. (Courtesy Pendulum Studio) Alternatives to stainless steel surfaces, adjustments to buffets may lie ahead, they say In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, architects are having internal discussions about how things will change in the design of sports and entertainment facilities to provide greater protection for spectators and venue workers. Expanding touchless technology in suites and clubs, restrooms and office spaces; using materials other than stainless steel to build hard surfaces that are more resistant to germs; and embracing security-related systems such as thermal screening are a few examples that designers are talking about as additional layers of protection. Operationally, expect to see changes in food preparation and presentation and cleaning procedures, they added.  It’s all in the concept stage at this point, but the virus has people talking about what’s […]

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Sources: HOK-Dialog Team Wins in Calgary

The Scotiabank Saddledome, which opened in 1983, is the second-oldest NHL arena. (Getty Images) Firms to design arena for NHL’s Flames, Calgary Stampede The two architecture firms that designed Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, have been selected to develop a new arena for the NHL’s Calgary Flames. The team of HOK and Dialog, a local company, won the job, said multiple sources familiar with the decision. The Calgary Municipal Land Corp. is project development manager for the arena, which at this point is called the Calgary Event Centre. Asked about a design choice, Clare LePan, vice president of marketing and communications for the organization, wrote in an email, “We have no comment or update at this time.” HOK could not confirm the selection, company spokesperson Annie Merrill said. Dialog officials in Toronto did not return a phone call for comment. HOK and Dialog collaborated on the design of Rogers Place, […]

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Suns Unveil New Additions to Arena

The new center-hung videoboard at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix will be six times bigger than the existing board. (Courtesy Phoenix Suns) Event-level clubs, entry pavilion changes planned for Talking Stick Resort Arena The Phoenix Suns are transforming Talking Stick Resort Arena with three new event-level clubs, including a much-needed courtside club; a reconfigured entry pavilion; and two corner bars integrated into the seating bowl off the main concourse. In addition, the Suns are introducing bunker suites, a product common at other big league venues. In Phoenix, the ultra-premium spaces, typically underneath the stands with no views to the game, are situated on the arena’s south end. They’re being sold on 10-year terms at an annual cost of $750,000. Those patrons’ seats to watch the game are in the first few rows of the lower bowl.  The Suns released details of the $230 million renovation Thursday evening at the […]

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Portland Stadium Addition ‘Resonated’ in St. Louis

The flat roof planned for the St. Louis MLS stadium, shown in a rendering, is designed to help it fit into its neighborhood. (HOK) New MLS team looks to retrofit and new designs for inspiration The owners of the Major League Soccer expansion team in St. Louis are looking at retrofits as well as newly constructed stadiums for ideas in  developing their $250 million downtown facility. The retrofit is Providence Park, home of the Portland Timbers and the National Women’s Soccer League’s Portland Thorns FC, a 93-year-old building that was originally a minor league baseball ballpark before it was converted for soccer a decade ago. A $50 million expansion completed this year added 4,000 seats across four levels to the stadium’s east side. The St. Louis ownership group is led by Carolyn Kindle Betz, whose family owns Enterprise Rent-A-Car. It announced the stadium will be situated northwest of Union Station, […]

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New Vegas Ballpark’s a Winner

An aerial view shows Las Vegas Ballpark, which opened April 9 in Summerlin. (Tom Donoghue) With pool and upscale food, it’s part diamond, part Strip The weather has been a bit too brisk to enjoy the outfield swimming pool early in the season. Otherwise, though, the new Las Vegas Ballpark has been a big hit since it opened April 9. “The first seven [games] were unbelievable,” said Don Logan, president and chief operating officer of the Pacific Coast League’s Las Vegas Aviators, the Oakland Athletics’ Triple-A affiliate and the ballpark’s tenant. “The only thing that could have been better was the weather. We had 50 mph winds on opening night, which settled down to 30 mph winds the next night. A local high school lacrosse team rented the pool and didn’t seem to mind the 70-degree water. It’s a little chilly for mortals right now.” That will change as summer […]

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