Kansas City Architects Leave Mark On 2012 London Olympics

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KANSAS CITY — Populous, an architectural firm based in Kansas City, generated more than $1 billion in construction value and deployed more than 100 architects to help design the Olympic stadium and most of the supporting venues for the London games this summer, according to the Kansas City Star.

The firm, which specializes in the construction of sports facilities and has constructed three Olympic stadiums to date, also became the first architectural firm to be an official sponsor of Olympic games. As the Star reports:

The Olympics is like taking 26 world championships and hosting them simultaneously in one city in a two week period,” said Jeff Keas, who was the first Populous architect sent to London in 2007. “It is considered the largest peacetime logistical undertaking in the world.”

But, you know, no pressure.

By all accounts the company can handle it.

“They are generally regarded as the premier architecture firm that specializes in sports facility and stadium design,” said Scott Frank, spokesman for the American Institute of Architects in Washington, D.C. “They have a very good reputation.”




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