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Architect for Bull Street ballpark designed landmark facilities worldwide

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The Kansas City, Missouri firm under a $2.2 million contract to design the minor league ballpark in the Bull Street development has designed dozens of landmark venues worldwide.

The Columbia City Council approved the contract with Populous, Inc. at its meeting Tuesday night.

Council member Moe Baddourah was the lone "no" vote. Council member Leona Plaugh, who has voted against ballpark-related issues in the past, did not attend the meeting for health reasons. Brian DeQuincey Newman recused himself from the vote.

The $2.2 million agreement with Populous, Inc. is to provide design and engineering services for the minor-league ballpark that will be built in the Columbia Commons development on the site of the former state asylum on Bull Street.

Some of the more notable facilities Populous designed include TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska, home of the College World Series, Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, and Petco Park in San Diego, California.

The firm had a role in construction of Carolina Stadium in Columbia. The University of South Carolina says it assisted Columbia firm CDA Architects in designing and building the home of the Gamecocks baseball team.

Populous also designed Parkview Field in Fort Wayne, Indiana, home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps, a team owned by Hardball Capital, which is the same owner who has a contract to bring a minor-league baseball team to Columbia.

"They are (in my opinion) clearly the most experienced and successful firm in this particular niche," Hardball Capital Chief Executive Officer Jason Freier said. But Freier also said the selection was made through a Request for Qualifications process with the city, part if its typical bidding process.

"The Venue is to be a state of the art (meaning current design trends and anticipated technological developments that are generally available within the Project time frame), family friendly venue with the flexibility to host outdoor concerts, festivals, community and family friendly events, in addition to serving as the home field for a Minor League Professional Baseball Club" reads the agreement.

Money for the contract will come from the city budget set aside for the Columbia Commons project. According to the contract, construction is scheduled to begin October 1, 2014, with completion expected March 1, 2016.

The contract says the firm will provide a construction cost estimate and designs may be revised if plans are not within the budget. A fee schedule included in the contract says construction cost is $29,000,000.

A schematic design is estimated to be completed by September 5, 2014.

Four Columbia companies will serve as sub-consultants.

According to the company's web site, Populous was involved in construction of Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, Marlins Park in Miami, Florida, University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona and Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia. The company was formerly known as HOK.

Click here to read the contract.

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