Ownership of HOK Sport Venue Event Transferred to Management

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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Kansas City, MO – HOK Sport Venue Event, noted for its designs of convention centers and high-profile sports venues worldwide, completed the transfer of ownership to management led by an executive group that consists of 13 existing senior principals.

The transfer makes HOK Sport Venue Event a separate brand although it will continue to collaborate on individual projects with its former parent company, HOK Group.

The transaction between the architectural firm and HOK Group was finalized December 31, 2008. The Kansas City-based firm was part of HOK Group for 25 years and operated as a wholly owned subsidiary of HOK Group since 2000. As agreed in the arrangement, HOK Sport Venue Event will launch their new corporate name and brand in 2009.

HOK Sport Venue Event created the design of the Phoenix Convention Center, Grand River Center in Dubuque, IA, and India’s Delhi Convention & Exhibition Centre. It is also well known for designing sports venues, including the new Yankee Stadium in New York and Olympic Stadium in London.

HOK Sport Venue Event also provides consulting services to convention centers as well as original designs. The company stays ahead of the curve with Experience Audit, a program that solicits suggestions from convention center customers on new services and features to be incorporated into existing halls and expansion plans. Senior Principal David Greusel said ideas have ranged from “extremely practical to somewhat fanciful” (see TSE December 2008, p. 62).

Reach David Greusel at (816) 221-1500 or david.greusel@hoksve.com