HOK Sports + Recreation + Entertainment Leaders Named Power Players by Sports Business Journal
HOK’s Nate Appleman, George Heinlein, Bill Johnson and Brad Schrock have been named to Sports Business Journal’s inaugural list of power players in facility design and development.
The list includes 50 people from 35 firms and features the most influential and innovative professionals in sports facility design and construction. Appleman and Schrock are directors of HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice; Heinlein is a regional leader of the practice; and Johnson is the design principal for the firm’s Kansas City and Columbus studios.
“This foursome is one of the most seasoned core of designers across sports. In the big leagues, it’s tough to find a project that doesn’t have HOK’s name on it. The firm’s current work covers new arenas for the Detroit Red Wings (pictured above) and Edmonton Oilers (pictured below), the Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium and a major renovation of the Miami Dolphins’ stadium, plus numerous pro and college practice facilities and mixed-use developments. Heinlein is immersed in both NHL arena projects, and Johnson serves as point man for Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
“Schrock, meanwhile, has kept his 10-year relationship intact with Oakland A’s owner Lew Wolff as both men hold out hope that a new ballpark will eventually materialize in the Bay Area, which Schrock would design.”
“In the college space, Appleman has become sports architecture’s golden boy by forming master plans for long-term sports development. His work touches major projects at Notre Dame, Northwestern, Arizona State and Wisconsin, and smaller jobs at Clemson, Ohio State and Miami of Ohio.”
The editorial staff of Sports Business Journal selected the members of the list based on their influence in the industry, scope of work and how they are reimagining the live event experience.