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Video: Digital Sessions With Jonathan O’Neil Cole and Chris Lamberth

Architects Jonathan O’Neil Cole of Pendulum Studio and Chris Lamberth of Tvsdesign Architecture & Design sat down with VenuesNow Senior Editor Don Muret to discuss the design of venues and how the traditional development of arenas, stadiums and convention centers will adjust over time.

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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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Firm Offers a Vision to Drive K.C. Ballpark Conversation

K.C. AT THE BAT: Pendulum Studio created unsolicited renderings for a 30,000-seat ballpark in downtown Kansas City, Mo. (Courtesy Pendulum Studio) Royals didn’t ask, but ‘it’s a conversation starter,’ Pendulum’s Cole says Kansas City sports architect Pendulum Studio has unveiled its vision for a new downtown stadium for Major League Baseball’s Royals. For the small designer of minor league parks and spring training venues, it’s a reboot of a discussion over a project some have wanted for decades. In this case, though, there are fresh renderings — unsolicited — for a 30,000-seat MLB park.   Jonathan Cole, a founding principal with Pendulum and veteran of three bigger sports design firms in town, said his 10-person shop completed the concept design on its  own without consulting with the Royals or city officials. The architect teamed with local chef and restaurateur Patrick Ryan on the food piece. Ryan runs Port Fonda, a Mexican eatery […]

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Talking Points: Jonathan Cole

Owner and principal, Pendulum Studio (Courtesy Pendulum Studio) Kansas City, Mo.-based architecture firm Pendulum, co-founded by Cole and Devan Case, has designed a number of ballparks. I thought I’d grow up to be My first passion was fine art. I was a freelance illustrator for a greeting card company while in high school and worked as a framer for an art supply store in college. First job in the industry With HNTB in their Irvine, Calif., office. Favorite part of job It is incredibly rewarding to nurture a design from lines on paper to a built and functioning facility.   Least favorite part of job Devoting energy to projects that never get to make it beyond the drawing board.  Mentors Henry Stickney, former CEO of Mandalay Baseball Properties. Hank taught me everything I know about designing sports facilities with operations and pro forma in the forefront which fosters economic sustainability. […]

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