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HOK Sport

Two of HOK Sports' project designers help unveil a 36-by-52 inch model of the revamped Kauffman Stadium on Friday, Aug. 24. HOK Sport's tradition of innovation has transformed the way fans experience the game of baseball. The firm conceived the design vocabulary used in today's ballparks and is charting an inventive course for tomorrow's venues. In the past 25 years, the firm has designed 14 new professional ballparks including Oriole Park, Jacobs Field, AT&T Park and PNC Park. In addition to working on the Kauffman Stadium renovation, HOK Sport is currently designing new ballparks for the Mets, Yankees, Nationals and Twins.

Working on Kauffman Stadium is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for HOK Sport, which is headquartered in Kansas City. When Kauffman originally opened in 1973, the ballpark was the first to focus on baseball-specific sight lines, and it is a ballpark which HOK still uses as a model today. Many of the project's designers witnessed their first professional baseball game at the K. "This is our ballpark and our team. We're taking all the experiences we've gained designing ballparks all over the nation and applying them here, in our hometown. It's important to us to do the absolute best that we can possibly do," said HOK Sport Senior Principal Earl Santee.

HOK Sport was founded in 1983 as the nation's first architecture firm dedicated solely to the design of sports facilities. Their architects and event managers are the world's finest and most experienced, drawing from the combined expertise of more than 825 projects with construction value exceeding $20 billion. The company's client list is diverse and comprehensive, and includes 24 Major League Baseball franchises, 30 NFL franchises, 80 professional and civic arena clients, 40 soccer and rugby teams, 125 colleges and universities, 40 convention and performing arts center clients and 30 major events. With offices in Brisbane, Australia; London, England; Nashville, Tenn.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Denver, Colo.; and Kansas City, Mo., their reach is worldwide.

Walton Construction Company, LLC

Walton Construction Co., LLC, which maintains full-service offices in Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield, Mo.; Dallas; New Orleans and Shreveport, La., is ranked among the top contractors in the United States by Engineering News Record. Established in 1985, Walton Construction has grown steadily to become a leader in pre-construction, general contracting, design-build and construction management services.

Hunt Construction

Hunt Construction is headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., and has been offering construction services since 1944. There are over 90 Hunt-built sports facilities in the U.S., 15 of which are Major League Baseball facilities, including most recently, Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Hunt is also currently working with the Washington Nationals and New York Mets on their new homes.