June 20, 2014

As stadiums and sporting infrastructures become more important across the globe due to a rise in major sporting events, the need to promote healthy communities increases and challenges us to ensure future sustainability outside of major events.

The annual IQPC World Stadium Congress, one of a series of conferences on stadium design, delivery and construction, was held May 20-21 in Doha, Qatar. It is the region’s top forum for discussions on design, sustainable practices and construction challenges. This year’s event brought together more than 300 key industry experts from around the globe representing architects, engineers and other leading consultants, local organizing committees, bid committees and stadium operation consultants, as well as specialist contractors and suppliers, to debate and showcase the best in the design and development of world-class stadiums and sporting infrastructure.

Paul Hyett, PPRIBA, principal in HKS’ London office, served as chairman of the event for the fourth consecutive year. “I was delighted to be invited by IQPC to chair the conference again this year,” Hyett said. “Once more, we enjoyed a first-class series of presentations and lively debates with old friends, established speakers and newcomers to the event. Challenging topics and great audiences – what more could you ask for?”

The wide range of themes, presentations and international case studies included:

  • Discovering the latest solutions that enable smarter, more efficient and more fan-centric stadium developments
  • Ensuring a lasting legacy through robust and varied revenue streams, including non-event day complementary uses 
  • Developing and implementing multifunctional designs
  • Providing sustainable and maintainable stadium solutions
  • Gaining exclusive global insight on new stadium design initiatives from a panel of 30 recognized industry speakers, and learning how to apply these initiatives to current projects to promote sustainability

The HKS Sports & Entertainment Group, ranked as one of the top sports and entertainment designers by BD World Architecture, has ushered in a new generation of multi-revenue-generating, world-class facilities. The group’s portfolio includes Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium, Cowboys Stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium, Miller Park and major renovations and additions for U.S. Cellular Field and Dodger Stadium. These venues are known for enhancing and leveraging team brand, delivering an enhanced fan experience, and serving as destination environments. HKS is ranked among the top six architectural/engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine, and operates from 27 worldwide offices.

For more information, contact Paul Hyett at phyett@hksinc.com or Sherri Smith at ssmith1@hksinc.com.

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