HOK to acquire 360, re-enter sports and entertainment arena

360's current clients include teams in each of the five major North American professional sports leagues. | Courtesy of 360 Architecture
360’s current clients include teams in each of the five major North American professional sports leagues. | Courtesy of 360 Architecture

HOK is jumping back into the sports architecture game with the acquisition of a prominent player from across the state.

The St. Louis-based architecture and engineering firm will acquire 360 Architecture, a Kansas City-based sports and entertainment design firm, HOK announced today in a news release. Terms of the deal, which is expected to be finalized in October, were not disclosed.

The acquisition of 360, which specializes in the design of stadiums, arenas, recreation and wellness centers and entertainment districts, thrusts HOK back into sports and entertainment design after a five-year absence.

HOK previously had a sports practice, HOK Sport Venue Event, from 1983 until 2008. That division split off from the company as Populous in 2009. As part of the deal, HOK signed a five-year noncompete clause, the Kansas City Business Journal reports.

HOK has 1,600 employees across 23 offices. In 360, HOK is adding a firm with 180 employees and offices in San Francisco and Columbus, Ohio, in addition to its Kansas City headquarters. Most importantly, HOK is immediately enhancing its chops in sports and entertainment design.

“360 Architecture has created several of the world’s most innovative professional and collegiate sports facilities and their design-focused culture and values align with ours,” HOK chairman and CEO Patrick MacLeamy said in a release. “Together, we will design the next generation of sports and entertainment facilities while serving all types of clients as one of Kansas City’s largest design firms.”

Recent 360 clients include the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins, the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, Major League Baseball’s Oakland A’s and Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes. The firm is also working on campus design projects for the University of Missouri, Notre Dame University and Auburn University and counts Polsinelli, AMC Theatres and H&R Block among its corporate clients.

360 senior principals Brad Schrock, Tom Waggoner, George Heinlein, William Johnson, Tracy Stearns and Chris Trainer will all join HOK, according to the release. Waggoner told the Business Journal that 360 plans to stay in its offices in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District.

“We don’t have any anticipated change on that,” he said. “We hope this adds to our ability to grow in size locally.”

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