Wednesday, February 16, 2000

Who's who on the stadium team


        • Getz Ventures, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., provides management services directly to owners of major facilities, including establishing a project schedule, evaluating and tracking all change orders and coordinating bids.

        For Paul Brown Stadium, Norman Getz is project director and Dan Streyle is project manager. Mr. Getz led completion of the Carolina Panthers' football stadium. Mr. Streyle managed renovation of the Firstar Center.


        • NBBJ is the second largest architectural design firm in the U.S. The Bengals stadium is being designed by NBBJ Sports and Entertainment, based in Los Angeles.

        NBBJ has designed sports arenas for the Los Angeles Lakers/Kings Staples Center and Xavier University's Cintas Center. NBBJ also led the design efforts for Seattle's Safeco Field and Milwaukee's Miller Park.


        • Turner/Barton Malow/D.A.G., a joint venture developed specifically for the Paul Brown Syadium.

        Turner Construction: The Cincinnati office of this national firm annually completes about $150 million worth of construction. Local projects include Cincinnati Convention Center, Shoemaker Center at the University of Cincinnayi and the College Conservatory of Music complex. Sports facilities include Gund Arena in Cleveland; Ericson Stadium for the NFL Carolina Panthers and the rebuilding of Anaheim Stadium for the baseball California Angels.

        • Barton Malow Co.: Ranked as the 8th-largest builder in the country. Sports projects include Camden Yard in Baltimore, Coors Field in Denver and Turner Field in Atlanta, all for baseball. Footballl facilities include homes for the Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions.

        • D.A.G. Construction Co.: Formed in 1990 as a minority-owned enterprise. Local projects include UC's D.A.A.P. building, Tower Place sidewalk and numerous city streetscape projects.


        • Bob Bedinghaus, county commissioner, Republican: Appointed in Jan. 1995 and elected in 1996, he took the lead in promoting a sales tax increase for two sports stadiums and remains the project's point man.

        • John Dowlin, county commissioner, Republican: Re-elected in 1996, he opposed the sales tax increase and has been critical of costs associated with the projects.

        • Tom Neyer Jr., county commissioner, Republican: Appointed in Feb. 1997, he was elected in 1998. He supports the projects and urged placement of a Reds stadium on the riverfront.

        • David Krings, county administrator: Highest non-elected official in Hamilton County government. He represents county commissioners in all administrative functions.

        • Suzanne Burke, director of administrative services/director of stadium development: She oversees a department that includes budget and research, purchasing, Cinergy Field, Paul Brown Stadium and the new Reds ballpark.

        • Gary Van Hart, director of public works: Manages the county's capital improvement projects, including monitoring the contracts for design/construction management and ensuring compliance with the contracts.

        • John Michel, deputy director of public works-capital improvement. For Paul Brown Stadium, Mr. Michel serves as the county's liaison with contractors, architects and engineers.


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