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Magic, HOK hire 12 local minority firms for arena design

Orlando Business Journal

Correction at bottom of article

The Orlando Magic and architectural firm HOK Sport have hired a dozen local minority- and women-owned businesses and five specialty consultants to assist in designing the new arena.

With the latest selection of companies, the Magic have awarded 30 percent of the design contracts to local minority- and women-owned firms. The city of Orlando is requiring that at least 24 percent of all contracts at the arena go to minority firms.

The minority and women business consultants and their respective scopes are: C.T. Hsu + Associates and Baker Barrios Architects, architectural consultants; TKW Consulting Engineers and Brindley Peters & Associates, structural engineering consultants; John J. Christie & Associates and IMDC Inc., MEP engineering consultants; WBQ Design & Engineering, civil engineering consultant; The J Nichols Group, interior design consultant; Landscape Designs LLC, landscape architecture consultant; Group 3 Studio, models consultant and model builder; Silk Road Technologies, animation consultant and visual animator; and NGI, printing/reprographics consultant.

"This team of consultants will bring a local flavor to the overall design of Orlando's event center. We look forward to working with them as we design a civic icon for Central Florida," says Rick Martin, HOK Sport senior principal.

The local firms selected went through an open and competitive procurement process. Four design service informational forums were held in late May and early June to assist local firms in regard to involvement in the project.

Also hired as specialty consultants were: The Bigelow Cos., concession/food service consultant; Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams Inc., audio/visual/sound consultant; RWDI Consulting Engineers & Scientists, wind study consultant; Lerch Bates Inc., vertical transportation consultants; and Heitman & Associates Inc., building enclosure consultants.

HOK Sport has vast experience in arena design, including 32 professional arenas, 48 civic arenas and 56 collegiate arenas. The firm's experience includes such recent urban arenas as Pepsi Center in Denver, Toyota Center in Houston and Philips Arena in Atlanta.

The new arena is scheduled to open in September 2010.

Correction:Silk Road Technologies was incorrectly identified in an earlier version.

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