HOK celebrated its return to Kansas City on Tuesday, revealing new signage at what has been the offices of 360 Architecture at 300 W. 22nd St.
The event marked completion of 360 Architecture’s acquisition by HOK, a global architecture, engineering and design company with 1,800 employees. The purchase, announced in August, made Kansas City HOK’s 24th office globally.
The practice is marketed as HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment.
The transformation brought back under the HOK name a Kansas City office specializing in sports architecture. HOK had spun off its Kansas City office in 2008. The spun-off office was renamed Populous, and it remains a separate company.
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HOK purchased a different firm, 360 Architecture, for an undisclosed sum, gaining about 200 employees in Kansas City and a shot in the arm for HOK’s sports and recreation business.
360 Architecture was founded in Kansas City in 2004 through a merger of CDFM2 Architecture and Heinlein Schrock Stearns.
“We acquired 360 because we consider them the world’s most innovative designers of stadiums, ballparks, arenas, recreation and wellness centers, and mixed-use entertainment districts,” said Patrick MacLeamy, HOK chairman and chief executive.
HOK also has expanded in Columbus, Ohio, its 25th location.
Former 360 principals Brad Schrock, Tom Waggoner and other officers continue to have leadership positions in HOK in Kansas City.
The Kansas City 360 office is known for its work on the Sprint Center and the Power & Light District and other major sports and entertainment facilities around the country.
The HOK Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice is participating on sports facility design teams in Atlanta; St. Louis; Miami; Edmonton, Alberta; San Antonio; Oakland, Calif.; San Jose, Calif., and Dubai.